Countertenor Joseph Schlesinger’s extensive Baroque repertoire includes J. S. Bach’s Magnificat, Christmas Oratorio, Mass in B Minor, St. Matthew Passion, and St. John Passion; Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione de Poppea, L’Orfeo, and Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria; and major works by Lully, Telemann, Schütz, and Handel. Concert highlights include Handel’s Samson with the Netherlands Opera Choir, Francesco Cavalli’s Didone at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and Handel’s Messiah with the Elgin Choral Union and Augustana College, his alma mater. Contemporary oratorio and operatic credits include El Niño by John Adams, Micha Hamel’s Snow White, Judith Weir’s A Night at the Chinese Opera, and Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov. He last sang as soloist with Music of the Baroque in December 2011.
Joseph Schlesinger completed his masters of music at DePaul University and studied Baroque music at the Royal Conservatory in the Hague.