Praised by Opera Magazine (UK) and The New York Times for his "deviish manner and burly baritone" that is "robust and vocally powerful," Joseph Flaxman is a bass-baritone who has been drawing international praise from musicians and critics alike for his compelling dramatic portrayals. Originally from Succasunna, New Jersey, Joseph has performed at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, La Palacio del Opera (Spain), Lyrique-en-mer (France), Lorin Maazel's Castleton Festival, Opera Memphis, Kentucky Opera, Chautauqua Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Sarasota Opera, Bard Summerscape, Opera Saratoga, Opera Naples, ad St. Petersburg Opera amoungst others.
For the 2015-2016 season Joseph performed Il Banchiere Miskinsky and L'Invalido while covering Gleby in Giordano's Siberia at Lincoln Center with Teatro Grattacielo in October. In 2016 he will be performing for the first time the Father in Hansel and Gretel at Opera on the James, Alfio in Cavalleria Rusticana at Illinois State University, Escamillo in Carmen at the Natchez Festival of Music, Scarpia in Tosca as well as the title role of Eugene Onegin with La Forza del Opera and Ophemon in Saint Georges' L'Amant Anonyme with Little Opera Theatre of NY.
This past year he premiered the role of Teddy Forsythe in Daron Hagen's A Woman in Morocco at Kentucky Opera, performed Bello in La Fanciulla del West at Kentucky Opera, Germont in La Traviata with Bronx Opera, Tonio in I Pagliacci, Ezio in Verdi's Attlia, and the title role of Don Giovanni with Opera Company of Brooklyn, the baritone soloist in Brahms' Ein Deutches Requiem with the Riverdale Choral Society, and covered the title role in Verdi's Macbeth with Chautauqua Opera.
In previous seasons he portrayed Il Monaco Traba in Montemezzi's rarely performed La Nave at Lincoln Center, Montano in Verdi's Otello in France as well as under the baton of Lorin Maazel at the Castleton Festival, the iconic Verdi roles of Renato in Un ballo in Maschera and Don Carlo in Ernani at Symphony Space in New York City, the title role in Gianni Schicchi at Raylynmor Opera, Don Parmenione in the New York premiere of Rossini's L'occasione fa il ladro with the Little Opera Theatre of NY, Guglielmo in Cosi fan tutte at Opera Memphis and Tri-Cities Opera, Wagner in Gounod's Faust at Opera Memphis, Kromov in The Merry Widow at St. Petersburg Opera, Fiorello in Il barbiere di Siviglia at Opera Naples, Prince Yamadori in Madama Butterfly at the Ash Lawn Opera Festival, Mozart's Requiem with the Helena Symphony, as well as new works with American Opera Projects, the Center for Contemporary Opera, and Opera on Tap.
A graduate of the Manhattan School of Muisc, Mr. Flaxman's talents have been recognized by the Liederkranz Foundation, the Hans Gabor Belvedere Competition, Opera Index, the Bel Canto Foundation Scholarship, the Orpheus Competition, Career Bridges, the Competizione dell'Opera, the Armel Opera competition, and the MacGraw Hill Young Artist Showcase on WQXR.
Fun Flaxman Facts: Joe enjoys making artisan gelato, ran his first marathon in 2016, and he resides in Chatham, NJ with his wife and their 7 pound Havapoo names Siegfried.