Josh Lovell, who has performed with the Pacific Opera Chorus, made his national operatic debut as Bardolfo in Verdi's Falstaff in October 2013. He was the first undergraduate student at the University of Victoria to have a major role with POV while still studying. In 2015, he returns as Normanno in Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor.
Since making his solo debut in 2009 at the Victoria Symphony Splash under Tania Miller, Tenor, Josh Lovell has been a familiar performer throughout Victoria and the Gulf Islands. Josh has also sang the role of Alexis in The Sorcerer with the Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Victoria, and the role of Mozart in Rimsky-Korsakov's Mozart and Salieri with the Salt Spring Chamber Orchestra under Jim Stubbs.
Josh has performed as a soloist with the Sooke Philharmonic, Voces Intimae Choir, Victoria Summer Choir, Victoria Choral Society, Victoria Bach Ensemble, Victoria Baroque Players, Victoria Children's Choir, Salt Spring Chamber Choir, Cowichan Consort, Victoria Prima Choir, Capriccio Vocal Ensemble, Civic Orchestra of Victoria, University of Victoria Orchestra, and Victoria Philharmonic Choir. He performed as a soloist in Jean Gilles' Messe des Morts with the Pacific Baroque Orchestra in the Victoria Pacific Baroque Festival.
In recent summers Josh has attended various vocal programs across Canada. At Opera on the Avalon in St. John's Newfoundland, he sang the role of the First Sailor in Purcell's Dido and Aeneas, directed by Tim Albury with Kevin Mallon and Toronto's Aradia Ensemble. He attended the Victoria Conservatory of Music Summer Oratorio program and performed the roles of Jephtha in Handel's Jephtha under Stevin Devine, and High Priest in Handel's Solomon under Laurence Cummings. He also was a participant at the Vancouver International Song Institute in Vancouver where he worked with Darryl Edwards, Tyler Duncan, Susan Platts, and Ingrid Suderman. For the past two summers, Josh has performed at Opera NUOVA in Edmonton, Alberta. In summer 2013, he sang the role of Perchik, and Constaple in Bock & Harnick's Fiddler on the Roof, as well as understudying Don Ottavio in Mozart's Don Giovanni. Recently, he sang the role of Le Prince Charmant in their production of Massenet's Le Cendrillon; for this performance, the Edmonton Journal described him as a “highlight.”
In fall 2013, Josh was a winner of the University of Victoria Concerto Competition, and he performed Handel's Cantata 124: Look down, Harmonious Saint for tenor and strings with the University of Victoria Orchestra. Josh performed Schubert's Die Schöne Müllerin for his Bachelor's Degree Graduation Recital. He also won the Johann Strauss Foundation Scholarship in order to study at the Universität Mozarteum in Salzburg in the summer of 2014.
Recent performances include Haydn's Paukenmesse (Sooke Philharmonic), Bruckner's Mass in F minor (University of Victoria Orchestra), John Stainer's Crucifixion (Christ Church Cathedral Choir), Bach's Magnificat and Britten's Serenade to Music (Victoria Conservatory of Music & Vox Humana).
His 2014/15 season includes Monostatos in The Magic Flute (Chilliwack Opera Troupe), Mozart's Requiem (Pacific Spirit Choir), Handel's Messiah (Victoria Symphony), Stainer's Crucifixion (Christ Church Cathedral), as well as Mozart's Coronation Mass and Vesperae solennes de Confessore (Capriccio Vocal Ensemble).
Josh is a choral scholar at Christ Church Cathedral in Victoria and is auditioning for Graduate Degree programs in order to further his education in classical performance.
Josh Lovell, who plays Bardolfo, is still an undergraduate student, and that is scarcely believable – he seems fully at home among all these distinguished pros.
Kevin Bazzana, Times Colonist, Review of Pacific Opera Victoria's Falstaff, 2013