Bass-Baritone Joshua Arky, described by Times Argus as having “a rich, expressive bass,” began his 2018-2019 season with La cena è pronta, an original recital series with pianist Ines Irawati, which is performed while preparing and cooking dinner for the guests. Mr. Arky then returned to Virginia Opera, where he performed the role of Vincent Jones and covered the roles of Frank Maurrant and Carl Olsen in Street Scene. Other assignments at Virginia Opera included covering the role of Leporello in Don Giovanni. In December 2018, Mr. Arky made his debut with San Diego Opera in their production of All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914. In the spring of 2019, Mr. Arky performed Zuniga in Carmen in concert with Denyce Graves and the Richmond Symphony. During the 2019-2020 season, Mr. Arky returns to Virginia Opera to sing the Sacristan in Tosca, to San Diego Opera to sing Fiorello in Il barbiere di Siviglia and makes his Summer Garden Opera debut singing Nourabad in Les pêcheurs de perles.
Other operatic highlights include Don Alfonso in Così fan tutte with Opera San José; Jake Wallace in La fanciulla del West with Virginia Opera; Don Basilio in Il barbiere di Siviglia with Sugar Creek Opera; Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro with Point Loma Opera Theatre; Hidraot in Gluck’s Armide with OperaNEO; Alidoro in an English version of La Cenerentola and Sergeant of Police in The Pirates of Penzance with Opéra Louisiane; the Captain of the Inquisition in Man of La Mancha and Dottore Grenvil in La traviata with Central City Opera; and Collatinus in The Rape of Lucretia with the Green Mountain Opera Festival.
In concert, Mr. Arky has performed as a soloist in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Binghamton Philharmonic, Mozart’s Requiem with Hunter College, Händel’s Messiah with Columbia University, and Puccini’s Messa di Requiem with the Greenwich Choral Society.
Mr. Arky was the 2016 recipient of the Rohatyn Great Promise Award at the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (Eastern Region). He was also a 2015 Regional Finalist for the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (Eastern Region).
Mr. Arky holds a Master of Music from the Manhattan School of Music, where he was a recipient of the President’s Award and the Alexandra Hunt Endowed Vocal Scholarship. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sustainable Development from Columbia University, where he graduated cum laude.