JOSHUA BLOOM (Algernon Moncrieff) was born in Melbourne and completed his Bachelor of Arts degree in History at the University of Melbourne.
In 1998 Bloom made his Opera Australia debut in Il barbiere di Siviglia on tour with OzOpera. He became a young artist, and later a principal guest artist, for the company and received Green Room awards for Dandini in La Cenerentola and Nick Shadow in The Rake’s Progress. Other roles for Opera Australia have included Schaunard (La bohème), Guglielmo (Così fan tutte), Figaro (Le nozze di Figaro), Escamillo (Carmen), Leporello (Don Giovanni), and Rodolfo (La sonnambula). In 2002 he was an Opera Foundation Australia Stipendiat at the Vienna State Opera, performing Fiorello (Il barbiere di Siviglia) and the Imperial Commissioner (Madama Butterfly).
He joined San Francisco Opera’s Merola Program, performing Gianni Schicchi and Dottore Bartolo (Il barbiere di Siviglia). Other roles in San Francisco were Angelotti (Tosca), Garibaldo (Rodelinda), Ribbing (Un ballo in maschera), and the Black Politician in the U.S. premiere of Ligeti’s Le Grand Macabre. He made his Chicago Opera Theater debut in Béatrice et Bénédict, appeared in Die Zauberflöte and Salome for the Santa Fe Opera, and sang Don Alfonso in Così fan tutte for San Francisco Opera’s Western Opera Theater. Other recent engagements include Alidoro for Garsington Opera Festival and A Midsummer Night’s Dream for the Teatro Petruzelli, Bari.
Highlights of the 2010/11 season include performances of Masetto and Truffaldino (Ariadne auf Naxos) for the Metropolitan Opera and this commission by Gerald Barry in concert with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, conducted by Thomas Adès.