Joshua Banbury is a 26-year-old, Texas-born vocalist and librettist who is gaining international attention for his work in opera, folk music, and jazz. He is currently a librettist in residence at The American Lyric Theatre in New York City, and in residence with his jazz trio at Soho House Austin. His operas have been presented by The American Lyric Theatre, Washington National Opera, The Kennedy Center, Fort Worth Opera, Really Spicy Opera, and National Sawdust. In 2022 the Washington National Opera and The Kennedy Center will premiere his original opera The Burning Bush, written with Jasmine Barnes and the National Symphony Orchestra. Banbury has recently received writing and performance commissions from The New School, The National YoungArts Foundation, Google NYC, Savage Content, The Havre de Grace Jazz Festival, Soho House Austin, George Washington Carver Museum, and the Coalition for African Americans in the Performing Arts. He continues to expand his career as a vocal artist, having worked with esteemed artists such as Aaron Diehl, Patrick Zimmerli, Roopa Mahadevan, Gabrielle Stravelli, Samara Joy, Michael McElroy, Hannibal Lokumbe, Marin Alsop, and J’Nai Bridges. He has been engaged as a soloist in performances at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, National Sawdust, Glimmerglass Opera, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Minton’s Playhouse, George Washington Carver Museum, Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre, The Historic Victory Grill, and The Kennedy Center. Joshua Banbury is a proud graduate of The New School and the Austin School for Performing and Visual Arts.
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