In March 2009 Joseph Schnurr joined Pacific Opera Victoria's Resident Artist Program, singing the roles of First Priest / Armed Guard and covering the role of Tamino in Mozart's The Magic Flute. Mr. Schnurr then performed Tamino in the Pacific Opera Victoria / Orchestra London co-production in London, Ontario in May and June, 2009. He returns in February 2014 for the role of the Dancing Master in Strauss' Ariadne auf Naxos
Joseph Schnurr is one of Canada’s most expressive young lyric tenors, establishing an impressive career on concert and operatic stages both here and in Europe. A Graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University, Joseph’s opera credits as a student at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin include Tom Rakewell (The Rake’s Progress) and the title role in Handel’s Xerxes. Berlin audiences also saw his portrayal of Tamino in Die Zauberflöte in der U-Bahn and in 2008, Joseph sang the role of Sándor Barinkay in J. Strauss’ Der Zigeunerbaron in Bodensee.
Recent European performances for this accomplished artist include Evangelist in St. John Passion at Canterbury Cathedral, England, Orpheus in the Berliner Symphoniker production of Haydn’s Orpheus und Eurydike, and Tamino in a co-production of Die Zauberflöte with Stuttgart Opera in Vladivostok, Russia. Joseph returned to Berlin’s Bodemuseum for fifteen performances in the title role of Mozart’s La Clemenzo di Tito, and sang Theobald in Leon Jessel’s opera Schwarzwaldmadel in Alutsried.
In 2011, Joseph portrayed the Evangelist in the first – ever performance of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion in Malta with Junge Philharmonie Brandenburg Orchestra /Cologne Cathedral Choir (Hans-Jurgen Nagel, Conductor). This busy young tenor sang Uriel in twelve performances of a staged version of Haydn’s The Creation with Berliner Symphoniker, directed and conducted by Christoph Hagel. Further performances include Charpentier’s Te Deum and Puccini’s Messe di Gloria with Concertino Berlin, (Christoph Raudszuz, Conductor) and Bach’s Christmas Oratorio with Preussisches Kammerorchester (Thomas Henning, Conductor).
In Canada, Mr. Schnurr has sung Haydn’s Creation with Chorus Niagara, and Messiah with Kitchener-Waterloo's Grand Philharmonic Choir, Halifax Symphony Orchestra, and Toronto's Aradia Ensemble.
In 2010, Kevin Mallon conducted Joseph’s debut with Ottawa’s Thirteen Strings in Charpentier’s Te Deum and Jacobi’s Christmas Cantata.
Highlights of Joseph's 2012 season in Europe included Messiah with Berlin's Brandenburgische Kammerphilharmonie and Bach's Christmas Oratorio with Nadine Vollmar in Hanau-Steinheim, as well as Basilio in Le nozze di Figaro with the Berliner Symphoniker.
With his beautiful voice, excellent range and fabulous technique he has all the obvious tools but he brings something extra to the plate as well. He's an exceptionally expressive singer.
Brian Hay, norules-nolights.com
Joseph Schnurr was an excellent Tamino. His tenor vocal was controlled and effortless. His acting was very good and he was an excellent foil for a very funny Papageno.
Brian Hay, norules-nolights.com (The Magic Flute, Orchestra London)