Joshua Owen Mills

Samling Artist Programme: 2013

From Neath in South Wales, Joshua is now recognised as one of Wales’ most promising young tenors. A Samling Artist, he studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama under Adrian Thompson and currently studies with Yvonne Kenny.

In May 2013 Joshua understudied Ian Bostridge for three performances of Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings with Sir Antonio Pappano and the Santa Cecilia Orchestra, at the Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome.

Joshua has enjoyed success at numerous competitions including the Glass Sellers Prize in the prestigious Guildhall Gold Medal Competition at the Barbican Hall. He is the only competitor in the National Eisteddfod history to win both the Towyn Roberts Scholarship and the Osborne Roberts Memorial Prize in the same year. He attained first prize at the Welsh Association of Male Choirs Competition, Dunraven Young Welsh Singer of the Year Competition and second prize and best sacred aria prize at the National Mozart Singing Competition. Joshua is holder of the 2013 London Welsh Trust Young Welsh Singer of the Year winner’s trophy donated by the Richard Carne Trust.

Joshua was Glyndebourne Jerwood Young Artist where he covered the role of Belfiore La Finta Giardiniera and sang the Animal Seller in Der Rosenkavalier. He played the role Gastone La Traviata for Glyndebourne Tour and was awarded winner of the Donald Anderson Award. He understudied the role of Belmonte in Die Entführung aus dem Serail at Garsington’s 2013 season and performed the role of Tamino Die Zauberflöte at West Green House as part of the Garsington Studio Programme. He was awarded the Simon Sandbach Award (Garsington Opera) for outstanding professionalism and musical talent.

Recent highlights include Britten Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings with the Guildhall Chamber Orchestra directed by Candida Thompson, Elijah conducted by Stephen Cleobury at King’s College Chapel and recitals at the Wigmore Hall and the North American Festival of Wales.

Future plans include Scottish Opera ‘Highlights’ Tour, St John Passion with the Jyväskylä Sinfonia and Hotel Porter in Death in Venice for Garsington Opera.