Tenors
Joseph Cornwell

After studying music at York University and singing at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (as a BP Scholar on the Opera Course), Joseph Cornwell began his career with The Consort of Musicke, The Tallis Scholars and the Taverner Consort. Singing under conductors such as William Christie, Harry Christophers, Eric Ericson, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Gabriel Garrido, Hervé Niquet, Sir Roger Norrington and Andrew Parrott, his international engagements have taken him thoughout Europe and to North America and the Far East as well as throughout the UK.

Operatic rôles have included Snout A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Teatro di San Carlo, Naples, Mitridate Il Pompeo Magno at the Varazdin Festival, Croatia, Polimone Il Tito for the Opéra National du du Rhin, Il conte Le nozze di Dorina at the Musikfestpiele Potsdam Sanssouci, Achille Iphigénie en Aulide for Opera Factory, Lurcanio Ariodante for St Gallen Opera, Pilade Oreste for the English Bach Festival, Monteverdi Orfeo for the Boston Early Music Festival, Capella Cracoviensis and for Oslo Summer Opera, Giove Il ritorno d'Ulisse and King Arthur in Lisbon, Eumete Il ritorno d'Ulisse at the Aix-en-Provence Festival (a production now available on DVD), Thespis / Mercure Platée for TCC Productions, Lisbon, and Tamese Arsilda, Regina di Ponto at the Barga Festival.

His recordings include St Matthew Passion with the Drottningholm Baroque Ensemble, Boyce Peleus & Thetis with Opera Restor'd, Campra Requiem and King Arthur with Le Concert Spirituel, Israel in Babylon with the Kantorei Saarlouis, Messiah and Monteverdi Vespers 1610 with the Taverner Consort, Acis & Galatea (GRAMOPHONE Baroque Vocal CD of 2000), Monteverdi Vespers 1610 and Mozart Mass in C Minor with Les Arts Florissants, Monteverdi Vespers 1610 with the Gabrieli Consort, Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle with Jos van Immerseel (BBC Radio 3 Building a Library Choice), Shepherd Oediups Rex with The Philharmonia Orchestra, Tamese Arsilda, Regina di Ponto with Modo Antiquo and Fairest Isle with the Parley of Instruments.  

He recently sang Orfeo L'anima del filosofo for the Atelier Lyrique de Tourcoing with Jean-Claude Malgoire, Eumete Il ritorno d'Ulisse at the Teatro Real, Madrid, with William Christie, the B Minor Mass with Capella Cracoviensis, J. S. Bach Cantatas at the International Bach Festival, Swidnica, and Messiah with the Choeur de Chambre de Namur and Les Agrémens in Brussels and Namur.  

Current engagements include Ugone Flavio for English Touring Opera, Mars Dido and Aeneas with the New London Consort and Philip Pickett and Messiah with Capella Cracoviensis.

Joseph Cornwell

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  • “…one should particularly mention the beautiful voice and flexible coloratura of Joseph Cornwell as Polimone.”
    Polimone : Il Tito / Les Arts Florissants / Journal d’Alsace
  • “…tenor Joseph Cornwell as Coridon gives a marvellous (and surprisingly robust) rendition of "Would You Gain The Tender Creature.”
    Coridon: Acis and Galatea / Les Arts Florissants c. William Christie Erato CDs / Amazon.co.uk
  • “…Joseph Cornwell did a nice line in bluster as the outraged Ugone...”
    Ugone: Flavio / English Touring Opera / Opera Britannia
  • “…the fierce rivalry between his two elderly counsellors, Lotario and Ugone, is brilliantly presented by Andrew Slater and Joseph Cornwell respectively...”
    Ugone: Flavio / English Touring Opera / The Stage
  • Mozart: Mass in C minor
    Mozart: Mass in C minor
    Les Arts Florissants - William Christie [Elatus]
  • Handel: Carmelite Vespers
    Handel: Carmelite Vespers
    Tavener Choir & Players - Andrew Parrott
  • Monteverdi: Vespro della Beata Vergine
    Monteverdi: Vespro della Beata Vergine
    Les Arts Florissants - William Christie
  • Handel: Israel in Babylon
    Handel: Israel in Babylon
    Ensemble UnaVolta - Joachim Fontaine

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