The Texas-born tenor Joseph Dennis studied at the New York-based Juilliard School and has been honored with numerous awards, including the top prize at the Gerda Lissner Foundation competition. After winning the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, he secured various engagements in the United States. Notably, he performed as Boris in "Katya Kabanova" at Seattle Opera, Des Grieux in the Emmy-winning production of "Manon," and Števa in "Jenůfa" at Des Moines Metro Opera and the Spoleto Festival in the world premiere of Huang Ruo's "Paradise Interrupted" (in the original language: Mandarin).

His career further unfolded with engagements as Alfredo in "La Traviata" at Memphis Opera, Duca in "Rigoletto" at North Carolina Opera, Edgardo in "Lucia di Lammermoor" at Virginia Opera, and Governor in "Candide" with the Warsaw Philharmonic. He also performed Tamino in "The Magic Flute" at Central City Opera.

Quickly gaining attention in Europe as well, he embarked on his career becoming immediately a member of the ensemble at the Vienna State Opera. There, he took on a variety of roles including Tamino, the Italian Singer in "Der Rosenkavalier," Nick in "La fanciulla del West," Jaquino in "Fidelio," Brighella in "Ariadne auf Naxos," and Hugo in Lortzing's "Undine." He also sang important roles such as Alfredo in "La traviata," the title role in "Werther," and embodied th role of Ernesto in "Don Pasquale."

Since 2018, Joseph Dennis has been a member of the ensemble at the Semperoper Dresden, where he regularly performs roles such as Tamino, Lenski, Belmonte, Don Ottavio, Ferrando, and the Steersman in "Der fliegende Holländer" (The Flying Dutchman). In the past 21-22 season, he was also heard as Baron Kronthal in Lortzing's "Der Wildschütz" and as Walther von der Vogelweide in "Tannhäuser." During the summer of 2022, he made guest appearances as Alfredo in "La traviata" at the Israeli Opera in Tel Aviv  as well as Tamino at the North Carolina Opera.

His concert repertoire spans from Baroque to contemporary works, and he has achieved great success with lieder recitals at both the Vienna State Opera,  and more recently at the Semperoper Dresden.

In the 2022/23 season at the Semperoper Dresden he embodied the role of Ismaele in "Nabucco". Important debuts in new productions followed with the youthful heldentenor roles as Ritter Hugo von Ringstetten in Albert Lortzing's Undine at the Leipzig Opera and at the Prague National Theater, where he sang Wenzel Strapinski in Zemlinsky's Kleider machen Leute. During the summer, he made another appearance at the Israeli Opera in Tel Aviv, portraying Pinkerton in "Madama Butterfly." 

In the 23/24 season, alongside his commitments in Dresden, he  makes his debut at the Washington National Opera in the world premiere of Jeanine Tesori's opera "Grounded." He will also return to the Prague National Theatre for more performances of "Kleider machen Leute."


General management

Artist Manager
Boris Orlob
Managing Director 
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Repertoire Concert

Bach, J.S. Magnificat
  St. Matthew Passion (Arias)
Beethoven 9th Symphony
  Missa Solemnis
 Berlioz Lélio
Britten Serenade for tenor horn and strings
  War Requiem
Dubois The Seven Last Words of Christ
Dvorak Requeim
Händel Messiah
Haydn The Creation
  The Seasons
Mahler Das Lied von der Erde
Mozart Davide penitente
  Grand Messa in C minor
Puccini Messa di Gloria
Respighi Laud to the Nativity
Verdi Requiem
Vaughan Williams Hodie
  On Wenlock Edge
  Serenade to Music

Repertoire Opera

Beethoven Fidelio Jacquino
Bellini I Capuleti e i Montecchi Tebaldo
Berlioz Béatrice et Bénédict Bénédict
Bizet Carmen Don Jose
  Les pêcheurs de perles Nadir
Copeland The Tender Land Martin
Donizetti Don Pasquale Ernesto
  L’elisir d’amore Nemorino
  Lucia di Lammermoor Edgardo
  Lucrezia Borgia Gennaro
  Maria Stuarda Roberto
Floyd, Carlisle Susannah Sam
Gluck Iphigénie en Aulide Achille
  Iphigénie en Tauride Pylades
Gounod Faust Faust
  Roméo et Juliette Roméo 
Huang, Ruo Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Sun Yat-Sen
Janacek Jenufa Steva
  Katya Kabanova Boris
Lehar Das Land des Lächelns Prince Sou Chong
  Die lustige Witwe Camille
Lortzing Der Wildschütz Baron Kronthal
  Undine Hugo
Mascagni L’amico Fritz Fritz
Massenet Manon Des Grieux
  Werther Werther
Mozart Così fan tutte Ferrando
  Die Entführung aus dem Serail Belmonte
  Die Zauberflöte Tamino
  Don Giovanni Don Ottavio
  La clemenza di Tito Tito
Offenbach Les contes d’Hoffmann Hoffmann
Strauss, J. Die Fledermaus Alfred
Strauss, R. Arabella Elemer
  Capriccio Flamand
  Rosenkavalier Ein Sänger
  Salome Narraboth
Stravinsky The Rake’s Progress Tom Rakewell
Tchaikovsky  Eugene Onegin Lensky
Verdi Falstaff Fenton
  La traviata Alfredo
  Macbeth Macduff
  Rigoletto  Duke of Mantua
Wagner Das Rheingold  Froh
  Der fliegende Holländer  Erik
  Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg David
  Lohengrin Lohengrin
  Tannhäuser  Walther von der Vogelweide
Weber Der Freischütz  Max
  Oberon Oberon
Weill Street Scene Sam


GROUNDED at Washington's National Opera
Joseph Dennis makes his WNO debut in the highly anticipated world premiere of "Grounded" by composer and Tony Award® winner Jeanine Tesori, conducted by Daniela Candillari and staged by Michael Mayer.

Grounded is an opera that explores the psychological impact of drone warfare. Joseph Dennis sings the role of Eric in the premiere on 28 October, 2023.

Grounded is co-produced by the Metropolitan Opera. 
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