Joseph Cornwell

born 1959

Joseph Cornwell sings Messiah: Thou shalt break them

Born in the county of Cheshire, Cornwell studied music at York University, and afterwards voice at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. In 1981, he started his career as a tenor vocalist in ensembles specializing in baroque music. One year later, he made his solo debut in a London Proms concert (with a Monteverdi vespers).

Baroque music would always remain the core of his activity, both as a soloist and with vocal groups. He performed it not just all over the UK, but in the Netherlands, in France, Israel, the USA, Belgium, Spain, Norway, New Zealand, Germany and so forth. Also on the operatic stage, he appeared primarily in baroque works, his most famous role being Monteverdi's Orfeo, which he sang, for instance, in Oslo, Boston and Brazil. Occasionally, he ventured into other styles, singing Verdi's Fenton (at Guildhall), Laërte in Mignon (Wexford Festival 1987), Britten (Let's make an opera), Weill (Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny) or, in concert, Schumann, Bruckner and again Verdi (Requiem). Cornwell also did a lot of radio work in the UK and in Germany.

Reference 1: Bach Cantatas, reference 2: Kutsch & Riemens, reference 3: reference 3
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