Joseph Bolger

Senior Lecturer in Classical Voice

Joseph teaches classical singers of all voice types at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He brings a wealth of performance experience into his teaching and uses his understanding of both the physiology and psychology of voice to ensure that his students have the solid technical and artistic grounding necessary for a lifetime of successful and enjoyable singing. 
Joseph’s affective voice and elegant musicianship have seen him develop a reputation as a versatile countertenor in repertoire spanning Dowland to Dove. 

Opera roles include Andronico (Handel/Tamerlano) for New Chamber Opera, cover Othniel (Handel/Joshua) and Spirit (Purcell/Dido & Aeneas) for Opera North, Refugee (Dove/Flight) for RWCMD and cover Guest (Sciarrino/The Killing Flower) for Music Theatre Wales. At the London Handel Festival he has appeared as Turio (Hasse/Cajo Fabricio) and Emira (Hasse/Siroe) with Ensemble Serse. He also created the title role in Laura Bowler’s The Sandmanfor Size Zero Opera at the Tête à Tête festival. Recent engagements include the role of Ormonte in the modern-day premiere of the Handel pasticcio L’Elpidawith Opera Settecento at the London Handel Festival.
Highlights as a concert soloist include Bach St Matthew Passion with Armonico Consort, Handel Messiah with both Lincoln Cathedral Choir and Music for Awhile under the direction of Laurence Cummings as well as the title roles in Handel’s Solomon for Bristol University Baroque Ensemble and The Choice of Hercules with Badinerie at the Dora Stoutzker Hall, Cardiff. For Portsmouth Choral Union he has performed Patterson’s The Fifth Continent and joined them this summer for Orff’s Carmina Burana and Dove’s Arion and the Dolphin. He has also appeared at The Vale Festival in a programme of music by Elena Langer for Welsh National Opera.
Joseph has a particular affinity with the song repertoire, receiving 2nd Prize in the 2014 John Kerr award for English Song and 1st Prize in the 2012 Eileen Price Lieder Prize at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Duo Seraphim, his voice-lute ensemble with Richard MacKenzie made their debut in the 2015 Brighton Early Music Festival and have enjoyed performances for Lake District Summer Music Festival and City Music Society this season. 
Joseph graduated with a first class honours degree in music from Pembroke College, Oxford before going on to study at the Royal Academy of Music and then the MA Opera Course at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. He is currently undertaking Ph.D research into the singing of early music at King’s College London.
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