Australian/Americna bass Joshua Bloom has sung principal roles numerous companies worldwide, including Opera Australia, San Francisco Opera, LA Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Wiener Staatsopr, New York’s Metropolitan Opera, Washington National Opera, English National Opera, Badisches Staatstheater, Opera Northern Ireland, and Garsington Opera.
Bloom’s 2017⁄18 season includes house debuts with Opera Köln, Opera Colorado and Israeli Opera, and role debuts as Bottom A Midsummer Night’s Dream, (English National Opera and Isreali Opera), Faraone in Rossini’s virtuosic Mosè in Egitto and Kaspare Der Freischütz. He will also be returning to work with the Britten Sinfonia in Gerald Barry’s The Conquest of Ireland at the Barbican. Bloom will work with renowned conductors including Thomas Adès, Daniel Bohen, David Parry, Aria Pelto and Alexander Soddy and directors including Lotte de Beer, Robert Carsen and Matthew Ozawa.
Recent highlights inclue a world premiere of Gerald Barry’s Alice’s Adventures Underground with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Britten Sinfonia, conducted by Thomas Adès; his debut with the Berlin Philharmonic, under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle, revisitng Ligeti’s Le GRand Macabre, directed by Peter Sellars; his role debut as Blansac La Scala di Seta with the Orchestra of Scottish Opera, conducted by David Parry and a return to the title role of Le nzoze di Figaro (Garsington Opera and a Théâtre des Champs-Élysées).
Blom appears on NMC’s Grammy nominated recording of Gerald Barry’s The Importance of Being Earnest as Algernon Moncrieff, conducted by Thomas Adès; the New York Philharmonic’s live recording of Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen as Harašta, conducted by Alan Gilbert; The Metropolitan Opera’s HG Broadcast of Mozart’s Don Giovanni as Masetto, conducted by Fabio Luisi; the Berlin Philharmonic’s Digital Concert Hall broadcast of Ligeti’s Le GRand Macabre, as The Black Minister, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle and the LSO Live recording of Debussy’s Pelléas de Mélisande as The Shepherd/Doctor conducted by Sir Simon Rattle.
Bloom has also appeared on the concert stage with the Berlin Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, the London Symphony Orchestra, the LA Phiharmonic, Britten Sinfonia, the Auckland Philharmonia and the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group as well as the Melbourne, Queensland, Adelaide and Western Australian Symphonies.
Bloom was born in Australia to musician parents and studied cello and double-bass as well as being a chorister at St. Paul’s Cathedral, Melbourne. He went on to study History at the University of Melbourne and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1996.
His professional debut in opera was in an OzOpera touring production The Barber of Seville, after which he joined the Young Artist Programme of Opera Australia in Sydney, and later the Merola and Adler Fellowship Programmes at the San Francisco Opera.