Joshua Ellicott

Introduction

Lyric tenor Joshua Ellicott was born in Manchester and read Music at York University before continuing his vocal studies at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.

No stranger to the opera stage, he works regularly with Opera North, most recently as Richard Dauntless (Ruddigore); other roles there have included Jaquino (Fidelio), Belmonte (Die Entführung aus dem Serail) and Sergei (Shostakovich’s Paradise Moscow). 

His recent concert performances include 3rd Squire (Parsifal) at the 2013 BBC Proms with the Hallé Orchestra under Sir Mark Elder; a Monteverdi Vespers tour under Emmanuelle Haim; a Viennese gala concert with the Hallé under David Parry; Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; Andres (Wozzeck) with the Philharmonia Orchestra under Esa-Pekka Salonen which toured to Los Angeles, New York and Berkeley; Schubert’s Mass in E flat with Daniel Harding at the St Denis Festival; Mozart Requiem in Japan with Harding and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra; Handel L' Allegro with the Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra, and Handel’s Theodora with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, both under Kenneth Montgomery; Purcell’s The Fairy Queen with the Gabrieli Consort under Paul McCreesh; Handel’s Saul with The Sixteen and Bach’s St Matthew Passion with the Boston Handel and Haydn Society, both under Harry Christophers; and Shepherd and Sailor (Tristan and Isolde) with the Philharmonia under Salonen.  Joshua sang in Beethoven’s Choral Fantasia at the Last Night of the 2008 BBC Proms.

Future plans include recitals at the Leeds and Oxford Lieder Festivals, Rossini’s “Petite Messe Solennelle” with the King’s Consort, Messiah concerts with the English Concert, Bach’s Christmas Oratorio with the Orchestra of Opera North under Simon Wright, Bach’s Easter Oratorio with the RTE National Symphony Orchestra, and a return to Boston’s Handel & Haydn Society for Handel’s ‘Samson’ and the St Matthew Passion (role of Evangelist) under Christophers.

“Deservedly huge cheers at the end of the night went to Joshua Ellicott, who sang the daunting role of the Evangelist with musical distinction, emotional precision, and a keen dramatic urgency that made the Passion tale feel like news of a recent tragedy.”
THE BOSTON GLOBE

 

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Symphony Hall, Boston

HANDEL: Samson

Harry Christophers, conductor

Samson: Joshua Ellicott 
Dalila: Joélle Harvey 
Micah:Catherine Wyn-Rogers
Manoah: Matthew Brook
Harapha: Dashon Burton
Period Instrument Orchestra and Chorus

Symphony Hall, Boston

HANDEL: Samson

Harry Christophers, conductor

Samson: Joshua Ellicott 
Dalila: Joélle Harvey 
Micah:Catherine Wyn-Rogers
Manoah: Matthew Brook
Harapha: Dashon Burton
Period Instrument Orchestra and Chorus

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Press

JS Bach

Christmas Oratorio

Canongate Kirk, Edinburgh

…the powerful voice of tenor Joshua Ellicott knocked us over like a bowling ball rolling down the aisle (in the midst of such consummate professionalism by all, it seems wrong to have a favourite – but I’ll confess to a silent “oh good” every time Ellicott stood up to sing).

Kelly Apter, The Scotsman, 4 December 2013

Berg

Wozzeck

Avery Fisher Hall, New York

…an inspired cast…Vital support came from Joshua Ellicott’s lyrical Andres.


Martin Bernheimer, Financial Times, 22 November 2012

Bach

St Matthew Passion

Symphony Hall, Boston

Deservedly huge cheers at the end of the night went to Joshua Ellicott, who sang the daunting role of the Evangelist with musical distinction, emotional precision, and a keen dramatic urgency that made the Passion tale feel like news of a recent tragedy.  Jeremy Eichler, The Boston Globe, 31 March 2012
Of course, there can be no ignoring the pain and cruel irony of the Passion story itself, and Joshua Ellicott as a full-throated and uncommonly melodious Evangelist gave a strong account of it… David Wright, Boston Classical Review, 31 March 2012

Bach

St Matthew Passion

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

The role of the Evangelist is divided, with the outstanding Joshua Ellicott… Richard Morrison, The Times, 30 November 2011
…and Joshua Ellicott were the excellent Evangelists.

Andrew Clark, The Financial Times, 29 November 2011
Joshua Ellicott … had a strong presence and kept Bach’s wonderful story-telling vivid.

Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph, 29 November 2011

Beethoven

Fidelio

Opera North

Joshua Ellicot's Jaquino is cleverly pitched, conversational in tone, bruised by the cuckoo in the nest.

Anna Picard, The Independent, 24 April 2011
and Joshua Ellicot sprinkled fresh youthful charm over the domestic scenes.

Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph, 18 April 2011
Joshua Ellicott shine as the optimistic Marzelline and over-persistent Jaquino respectively.

George Hall, The Stage, 18 April 2011

Wagner

Tristan und Isolde

Philharmonia Orchestra

Joshua Ellicott's bright, edgy Sailor/Shepherd...outstanding in a strong supporting cast. 

Anna Picard, The Independent, 3 October 2010
…the young sailor and shepherd (taken by Joshua Ellicott)…rang out with crystal clarity from the sides and back of the auditorium.

Kevin Rogers, Classical Source, 26 September 2010
I was especially impressed by Joshua Ellicott’s Shepherd: quite heart-rending, as moving a rendition as I can recall.

Mark Berry, Opera Today, 27 September 2010
...and Joshua Ellicot’s sweet-toned tenor bookended proceedings as both the offstage sailor in Act I and the onstage shepherd in Act III.

Stephen Jay-Taylor, Opera Britannia, 27 September 2010
...a cliff-top for Joshua Ellicott’s look-out Shepherd (a small role, but so telling here).

Christopher Morley, Birmingham Post, 29 September 2010
...and Joshua Ellicott brilliant as both the shepherd in Act III and the young sailor in Act I.

Mark Ronan, Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews, 26 September 2010
Joshua Ellicott did yeoman’s service with his two parts as Young Sailor/Shepherd—here’s a voice with a fine future ahead.

S. James Wegg, James Wegg Review, 10 September 2010

Recordings

St John Passion, J.S.Bach

J.S.Bach's St John Passion with the Yorkshire Baroque Soloists under Peter Seymour's direction.

“...the most telling solo work comes from Joshua Ellicott. His ‘Erwäge’ is wonderfully shaded and characterised.” 
“...as dramatically coherant and satisfying as I’ve heard for a while ... this is a St. John which carries open-hearted conviction and character before it.”
The Gramophone

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