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