American tenor Joel Burcham has firmly established himself as a young professional in the world of opera and classical music. He is known for his dominant stage presence as demonstrated through sensitive acting and "effortless command of his voice." further described by Chris Shull of the Wichita Eagle as a tenor voice of "clarion tone and operatic power." "Burcham's soft voice," declared Jim Edwards of the Chicago Tribune, "was lyrical and smooth as silk but when he opened up his voice, beautiful loud steely notes poured forth." This versatile tenor voice has appropriately enabled Mr. Burcham to command leading roles with several of North America's top companies.
Operatic highlights include leading tenor role performances of La Traviata, Rigoletto, Tosca, Madama Butterfly, La Bohéme, Faust, Carmen and Pagliacci with opera companies to include: Utah Opera, Madison Opera, Opera Omaha, Knoxville Opera, Opera Theatre of the Rockies, Opera Fort Collins, South Texas Lyric Opera, Painted Sky Opera and Music By The Lake Festival. Mr. Burcham made his professional operatic debut with his portrayal of Lindoro in L’Italiana in Algeri with the Central City Opera.
Also a distinguished oratorio and concert soloist, Joel Burcham has performed with the Colorado International Mahler Festival, Hawaii Symphony, Madison Symphony, Wichita Symphony, Omaha Symphony, Utah Symphony, South Bend Symphony, Cheyenne Symphony and the Classical Music Festival in Eisenstadt, Austria in works to include: Beethoven’s 9th Symphony and Missa Solemnis, Mozart’s Reqiuem, Verdi’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s Creation and Britten’s War Requiem and Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings.
Born and raised in Nashville, Illinois, Dr. Burcham received the Bachelor of Arts in Music from the Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, Summa Cum Laude, the Master of Arts in Voice Performance from the University of Arkansas and the Doctorate in Musical Arts from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.