Joshua Borths is an alumnus of the 2012 Crested Butte Opera Studio. Following his exceptional work as a student, during which he received the Rosalind Jackson Memorial Award, Joshua was invited to return as a staff director for the 2013 and 2014 seasons. During this time, Joshua directed enchanting productions of The Pirates of Penzance, Brundibar and Oklahoma! for the Opera Children’s Chorus and unforgettable productions of Ullman’s The Emperor of Atlantis and Puccini’s Suor Angelica. Following his residencies at Crested Butte, Joshua has gone on to direct acclaimed productions of Hansel and Gretel at Opera Memphis, Florencia en el Amazonas at Arizona Opera, and Il barbiere di Siviglia at the Seagle Music Colony. Upcoming engagements include a return to Opera Memphis to direct The Tragedy of Carmen and Rusalka at Arizona Opera, where he also serves as house dramaturg and runs the department of education and community engagement. Bravo, Joshua!
In Joshua’s words:
“The Crested Butte Music Festival was a turning point for me. In the three years I was a part of a festival, I not only learned about the craft of creating opera, but also how to be a professional artist in a professional company. I was able to explore both my own artistic point of view and how to best communicate it to real audiences. The first year I was a part of the Festival, I was a young artist learning from the professional stage directors. The following year, I was able to take part as a faculty member and really engage in the art form as artist and administrator. The Crested Butte Music Festival turned me into the artist I am today by offering me a safe place to explore my own form of musical storytelling. All of the work I have accomplished at sea level would not have been possible if I hadn’t spent my summers at 9,000 ft!”
Joshua was sponsored by Dr. Pam and Malte von Matthiessen.