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Josh Diaz
Josh Diaz - Christmas Pops 2014 Guest Artist

Josh, a native of San Angelo, Texas, was a 4-year member of the Texas All-State Choir. Josh graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2011, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Vocal Performance, Music History and a Minor in Italian. He studied voice in the studio of Dr. Mark Beudert. While in undergrad, Josh performed with the Notre Dame Chorale, Notre Dame Symphony Orchestra, and Opera ND. With Opera Notre Dame, Josh played the role of Francis Flute/Thisby in Benjamin Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, understudy for the title role in Gounod’s Faust, Bénédict in Berlioz’s Béatrice and Bénédict, title role in Offenbach’s Tales of Hoffmann, and the comical roles of Don Basilio and Don Curzio in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro. Josh also interned at Opera Eugene in Eugene, Oregon, performing in the chorus for Gounod’s Faust.

Josh is currently continuing his studies at Peabody Conservatory with Dr. Stanley Cornett while he pursues the Graduate Performance Diploma in Opera. He received his Master of Music degree in Voice from Peabody in May 2013. In his time at Peabody, Josh created the role of Caliban in the world premiere production of Douglas Buchanan’s Ariel’s Tempest. He also performed the role of Judge Danforth in Peabody’s mainstage production of Robert Ward’s The Crucible and Hadji in Delibe’s Lakmé. Josh completed his Master’s recital in February 2013 and was also chosen to sing the tenor solos in The Defiant Requiem – Verdi in Terézin, a concert drama featuring Verdi’sMessa da Requiem in April with the Peabody Symphony Orchestra and the Peabody/Hopkins Chorus.

Last semester Josh sang the role of Le Chevalier de la Force in Peabody’s production of Poulenc’s Les Dialogues des Carmélites in November, which was performed in the Modell Lyric Opera House in Baltimore. This coming December, Josh looks forward to singing with his hometown symphony, the San Angelo Symphony for their annual Christmas Pops concert.

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