Multi-award-winning Welsh Tenor Joshua Owen Mills, described by The Times as a ‘tenor with
gleaming legato,’ will be performing at Kings Cross Sounds, one of London's most eclectic music
festivals, for the start of his 2023/2024 season. Additionally, he has house debuts lined up with
Jyväskylän Ooppera, where he is set to portray Nemorino in "L'elisir D'amore," and he will also
reprise the role of Yonas in Saariho's "Adriana Mater" at the Savonlinna Opera Festival.
With a mission to redefine what being a classical musician means in the twenty-first century, Mills
actively promotes an open and engaged social media presence, working towards introducing the
opera world to a much wider audience. Notably, during the pandemic, he played the role of ‘Pride’
in the world premiere of The Opera Story’s ‘Beauty and the Seven Beasts.’ The performance was a
unique blend of pre-recorded elements mixed with a live audience and singers, creating an opera
experience that was both innovative and seldom seen before, with Mills's portrayal being described
as a 'hoot' (Planet Hugill)
"Accompanied by Malcolm Martineau, Joshua Owen Mills displayed a fine Italianate ring"
Named the winner of The London Welsh Singer Of The Year, other notable performances in Mills’s
career include Lysander in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Staatsoper Hannover &
Theater Aachen, a staged production of Britten’s War Requiem at the National Kaohsiung Center
for the Arts in Taiwan, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni at the Staattheater Klagenfurt, Nevill Holt,
and Deutsche Oper am Rhein. Zimoviy in Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk by Shostakovich at
In 2023, Joshua performed as Yonas in Saariaho’s "Adriana Mater" at Norrlandsoperan. ‘Mills’s
assured Tenor’ (Svenska Dagbladet) was broadcast in cinemas across Sweden. He never hesitated to
conduct stageside interviews and Instagram takeovers, ensuring audiences at home could follow
“Joshua Owen Mills sings an elegant and upstanding Don Ottavio”
Don Giovanni, Nevill Holt Opera, Arts Scene in Wales,
After a season of canceled performances in 2020, Joshua found himself practicing in isolation and
preparing for a long-anticipated return to the concert platform. His first of which was a live
recording of Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn, and Strings with the BBC National Orchestra of
Wales under Ryan Bancroft, broadcast across the United Kingdom, followed by Haydn’s Creation
with the Jyväskylä Sinfonia under the baton of Ville Mattvejeff in the 2022-23 season.
Born in Neath, South Wales, Mills studied at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and was a
Jerwood Young Artist with Glyndebourne Opera. Between 2015 and 2017, he was a member of the
Opera Studio at the Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich.