Baritone Joel Clemens has established himself as an emerging young artist to watch. His repertoire ranges from classical to contemporary and shows versatility of voice and character. Notable roles include Conte Almaviva (Le Nozze di Figaro), Sir Harry (Once Upon a Mattress), Sid (Albert Herring), Valentin (Faust), Guglielmo (Così fan Tutte), and Maximilian (Candide). Equally comfortable in 21st-century repertoire, Joel has performed roles such as Hannah Younger (As One), Hawkins Fuller (Fellow Travelers), Manfred (Out of Darkness), and Joseph de Rocher (Dead Man Walking). He also sang the role of Charles Ives in a world premiere production of Robert Carl’s Harmony at Seagle Festival.
After completing a teaching artist residency with Chautauqua Institution, Joel returns to Boston for another season performing with companies such as White Snake Projects, Boston Opera Collaborative, Boston Lyric Opera, Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra, Boston Conservatory at Berklee, and West End Lyric.
Joel holds a Master of Music in Opera Performance from the Boston Conservatory at Berklee, where he was the recipient of the Miles A. Fish III Scholarship. He holds a Bachelor of Music from James Madison University, where he was awarded the Showalter Scholar Award.