XavierJosephbaritoneXavier Joseph, baritone, is a recent graduate of Georgia State University, where he received a MM in Voice Performance. He is in the studio of mezzo-soprano, Kathryn Hartgrove. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in vocal performance from Oakwood University where he performed leading roles in The Old Maid and The Thief and Too Many Sopranos, scenes from Cosi fan tutte, and toured extensively with the world renowned Oakwood University Aeolians. In the summer of 2010 Xavier auditioned for and was accepted to the Manhattan Summer Voice Institute at Manhattan School of Music in New York City. While at the program he studied with Maitland Peters and performed in a scene of Mozart’s Don Giovanni. In the summer of 2011 Xavier participated in the Harrower Summer Opera Workshop and sang the role of Maestro Spinelloccio in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi and sung a scene from Bizet’s Carmen. While at GSU Xavier sang the roles of King Melchior in Amahal & the Night Visitors and Bartolo in Le nozze di Figaro. In the summer of 2012 Xavier returned to the Harrower Workshop and sang the role of the 2nd Priest in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte. Mr. Joseph recently returned from Beijing, China where he participated in a musical exchange program at Renmin University. In the fall of 2012, Mr. Joseph performed the role of John Brooke in Adamo’s Little Women. In the summer of 2013 Xavier performed the roles of Vater in Hansel und Gretel and Guglielmo from Così fan tutte in Portland Organ, and Vancouver, B.C. Recently Xavier was named a finalist in the 2014 Mobile Opera Madame Rose Palmai-Tenser Scholarship Competition. The role of Pritschitsch in Lehár’s The Merry Widow will be Xavier’s first with Capitol City Opera.