Joseph Wright, Baritone
2000 – 2006
Engagements for JOSEPH WRIGHT during the 2006 – 2007 season included the role of Jake (Porgy and Bess) with Tulsa Opera in April 2007, a reprisal of his encore performance as Malcolm X (The Life and Times of Malcom X ) with Oakland Opera Theater in May 2007, and the role of Crown (Porgy and Bess) with Oakland East Bay Symphony, also in May.
Other recent roles performed include Count di Luna (Il trovatore) with Opera Memphis and Escamillo (Carmen) with Sacramento Opera. Following his departure from Opera San José, Mr. Wright received rave reviews for his performance in the title role of Anthony Davis’ s The Life and Times of Malcom X with Oakland Opera Theatre in summer 2006. Other engagements during 2006 included the role of Crown (Porgy and Bess) with Mendocino Music Festival, which he also performed with Opera Memphis in October.
While a member of the resident company, Mr. Wright performed the roles of John Proctor (The Crucible), Count Anckarstroem (A Masked Ball), Marcello (La bohème) and the title role in Don Giovanni during the 2005 – 2006 season. Other roles performed for Opera San Josè include the title role in Le nozze di Figaro, Scarpia (Tosca), Escamillo (Carmen), and the title role in Der fliegende Holländer in the 2004 – 2005 season. During the 2003 – 2004 season, Mr. Wright appeared as Malatesta (Don Pasquale), Silvio (Pagliacci), Alfio (Cavalleria rusticana), Zurga (Les Pêcheurs de perles), and Dr. Falke (Die Fledermaus). Other OSJ roles performed include Dandini (La Cenerentola), Valentin (Faust), Count di Luna (Il trovatore), Papageno (Die Zauberflöte), Ford (Falstaff), Guglielmo (Così fan tutte), Lescaut (Manon,) and Sharpless (Madama Butterfly).
Equally at home on both the operatic and concert stage, Mr. Wright has appeared with the Sacramento Philharmonic, Winchester Orchestra (San Jose) and Camerata Orchestra (Carmel). In spring 2005, he appeared in the SJSU Artist Showcase Concert in honor of retiring professor Dr. Charlene Archibeque. His repertoire includes Schubert’s Mass in G and Magnificat, Bach’s Magnificat, Requiem Mass by Fauré, Brahms, and Duruflé as well as Händel’s Messiah. Mr. Wright has been awarded top prizes in vocal performance competitions sponsored by the San José Opera Guild and Mu Phi Epsilon.