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Soprano Rosemary Joshua was born in Cardiff and studied at the Royal College of Music, of which she is now a Fellow.
Her recent operatic appearances have included Adèle (Die Fledermaus) at the Metropolitan Opera, New York; Vixen (The Cunning Little Vixen) and Tytania (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) at La Scala, Milan; Anne Trulove (The Rake’s Progress) for the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, the Glyndebourne Festival and at La Monnaie, Brussels; Oscar (Un ballo in maschera) and Vixen for the Netherlands Opera and Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro) at the Glyndebourne Festival, the Bayerische Staatsoper, the Welsh National Opera and in Cologne. She has also sung Ilia (Idomeneo) in Lisbon; Pamina (Die Zauberflöte) in Brussels; Sophie (Der Rosenkavalier) at the Deutsche Oper, Berlin and Juliette (Roméo et Juliette) in San Diego.
Since making her debut at the Aix-en-Provence Festival as Angelica (Orlando) it is above all as a Handel singer that Rosemary Joshua has built her international reputation. She has sung Ginevra (Ariodante) in San Diego; Angelica in Munich and at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Poppea (Agrippina) in Cologne, Brussels and in Paris; Cleopatra (Giulio Cesare) in Paris, Amsterdam and Florida and the title role in ‘Semele’ to great critical acclaim at the Aix-en-Provence and Innsbruck Festivals, Flanders Opera, Cologne Opera, the BBC Proms and at the English National Opera (where she was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award in the category for Outstanding Achievement in Opera). Most recently, she has sung the title role in ‘Partenope’ at the English National Opera and Nitocris (Belshazzar) at the Deutsche Staatsoper, Berlin and at the Innsbruck and Aix-en-Provence Festivals.
Her plans include Despina (Così fan tutte) at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Nitocris in Toulouse and Vixen at the Netherlands Opera.
Recent concert appearances include the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment with Mackerras, Rattle, Norrington and Jacobs; the Scottish Chamber Orchestra with Mackerras; the Royal Scottish National Opera with Denève; the London Philharmonic Orchestra with Elder; Orchestre des Champs-Elysées with Herreweghe; Concentus Musicus Wien with Harnoncourt; Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen with Harding; the Netherlands Philharmonic with McCreesh, the CBSO with Haïm and the New York Philharmonic with McGegan.
Her recordings include the title roles in Handel’s ‘Partenope’ and ‘Semele’ and Emilia in ‘Flavio’ with Christian Curnyn for Chandos; the title role in Handel’s ‘Esther’ for Somm; Angelica with Les Arts Florissants and William Christie for Erato; ‘Saul’, 'Venus and Adonis’ and ‘Dido and Aeneas’ all with René Jacobs for Harmonia Mundi; Sophie (Der Rosenkavalier) for Chandos; Sandman (Hänsel und Gretel) for Teldec and Mahler’s Symphony no. 4 with the Orchestre des Champs-Elysées with Herreweghe for Outhere Music.