Joshua Ellicott’s sweet-toned, flexible, yet powerful lyric tenor voice and versatile musicianship are apparent in the wide range of repertoire in which he excels, from song to opera to concert, and the list of conductors and ensembles with whom he works. In the field of early music he has worked with Nikolaus Harnoncourt (Concentus Musicus Wien), Roger Norrington (Zurich Chamber Orchestra), Harry Bicket (The English Concert), Harry Christophers (The Sixteen, Boston Handel and Haydn Society), Robert King (The King’s Consort), Paul McCreesh (The Gabrieli Consort, Wroclaw Baroque Orchestra), Bernard Labadie (OAE), and Emmanuel Haïm (Le Concert d’Astree).
Mr. Ellicott, who also enjoys interpreting later repertoire, has worked with such luminaries as Mark Elder, Daniel Harding ,and Esa Pekka Salonen in works as varied as Wagner’s Parsifal and Tristan und Isolde to Weill’s The Seven Deadly Sins and Berg’s Wozzeck. His performance highlights last season included the UK Premiere of George Walker’s Lilacs with the BBC Philharmonic, Handel’s Solomon with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, and the Evangelist in a staged production of J.S. Bach’s St John Passion at Teatro Arriaga in Spain.
In the 2018–19 season Mr. Ellicott sings Stuart MacRae’s new work, I am Prometheus, and Britten’s Canticle No. 5 at the Lammermuir Festival, Handel’s Ode for St Cecilia’s Day with the English Concert and Harry Bicket, and Patrick Hawes’s The Great War Symphony at Classic FM Live. He tours with The King’s Consort for performances of Handel’s Messiah, sings the role of Tempo in Handel’s The Triumph of Time and Truth in a new production at Royal Danish Opera, and continues to perform his successful and moving 20th- and 21st-century art song and piano repertoire program with pianist Simon Lepper, devised around the World War I letters of Mr. Ellicott’s Great Uncle Jack.