Joshua Louis Smith is a tenor working in Chicago, by way of New York and Boston. Enmeshed in the rich storefront opera scene there, he is a Managing Div@ of Chicago's chapter of Opera on Tap, helping facilitate at least one concert of opera arias, scenes, and art songs a month in local bars and other unique locales.
Joshua has been proud to work with with local companies such as Chicago Folks Operetta (As Anguish Howington in their critically acclaimed 2017 production of Kurt Weill's Johnny Johnson), Thompson Street Opera (As Cosmic Ray in 2017's Cosmic Ray and the Amazing Chris, The Young Man in 2018's Bobok, and The Tramp in 2018's Dust of the Road), Janus Concert Series (Adelaide in their gender bent/queer production of Guys and Dolls), and Transgressive Theatre-Opera (As the tenor soloist in The Masque at Kenilworth, and as the defendant in Trial by Jury).
Before moving to Chicago, Joshua spent two summers performing with Pittsburgh Festival Opera (formerly Opera Theater Pittsburgh). In the 2015 summer season season, Smith made his debut as a Studio Artist, including the world premiere of Gilda Lyon's opera A New Kind of Fallout and their gender-reversed take on the classic American Musical Theatre piece Damn Yankees In the 2016 summer season he returned to sing Flynt/Gremio in their production of Kiss me, Kate, as well as various roles in their Night Caps, a night of short operas, and covering the role of Remendado in Carmen.
Joshua is a graduate Longy School of Music of Bard College, where he sang the roles of Nemorino in Donizetti's L'elisir d'Amore, Michele in Menotti's The Saint of Bleecker Street, Gonzalve in Ravel's L'heure Espangole, and Brack in Kurt Weill's Down in the Valley. In Boston, Joshua also sang with Boston Opera Collaborative performing Richard Burke's Sacred Wood and American Classics in their revue Ira and Yip, an evening of songs with lyrics by Ira Gershwin and Yip Harburg. Noted by Boston Musical Intelligencer for his "sturdy" voice that "charms in it's upper register," Smith is equally at home in musical theater and cabaret as the operatic stage. Smith attended the theatre program at Emerson College and went on to New York city where he actively participated in the vibrant cabaret scene. In 2010 Joshua was a semi-finalist in the renowned Cabaret Competition Stonewall Sensation at the Historic Stonewall Inn in the West Village of NYC.