Meet the Region Finalists: Joshua Arky

Joshua Arky

Bass Age 24

Region Finals Repertoire

In diesen heil'gen Hallen------Die Zauberflöte------Mozart                                                       Vecchia zimarra, senti------La Bohème------Puccini
Vi ravviso------La Sonnambula------Bellini
La vendetta------Le Nozze di Figaro------Mozart
Let things be like they always was------Street Scene------Weill

Opera Idols: Tell us a little bit more about yourself

Joshua Arky: I grew up in Brooklyn, NY. I went to the same small school—Saint Ann’s—from when I was five until I finished high school. There was a great deal of music at the school. I played clarinet, and could play in chamber groups, the orchestra, and the wind ensemble all in the same year. I was never very good, but I’m grateful to have been exposed to it all. Saint Ann’s is also where I started singing classical music. My undergraduate studies were at Columbia University. 

OI: When did you know you wanted to be an opera singer?  

JA: I knew after a one year hiatus from singing. Longing for it really cemented the idea. 

OI: Do you remember the first opera you heard/saw?

JA: I believe the first opera I saw was Così at Santa Fe. I mostly remember the view. 

OI: What roles have you performed?  

JA: I have performed the roles of Colline in La Bohème, Collatinus in The Rape of Lucretia, Zuniga in Carmen, Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte, and Antonio in Le nozze di Figaro. Blitch and Philip are roles I would love to do down the line—way down the line.

OI: What kind of music do you listen to when you want to relax?

JA: Some favorites are Simon & Garfunkel, Johnny Cash, Cat Stevens, Ella, and Cesare Siepi.

OI: Do you have any performances coming up?

JA: I will be singing Sarastro at Manhattan School of Music in the spring. And I have some performances coming up in the summer at Central City Opera: Merlin in Boismortier’s Don Quichotte chez la Duchesse, The Captain in Man of La Mancha, and Dottore Grenvil in La Traviata.