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Joshua Borths

Arizona Opera Company
Director of Education and Community Engagement
Joshua Borths is the current Resident Stage Director and Director of Education and Community Engagement at Arizona Opera, and has previously held positions at Des Moines Metro Opera, the Crane School of Music (SUNY Potsdam), the Seagle Music Colony, and the Crested Butte Music Festival.
As a stage director, Borths directed Madama Butterfly for Pensacola Opera, La clemenza di Tito for the University of Maryland, Il barbiere di Siviglia at Arizona Opera during the 2017/18 season. Past favorites also include new productions of Rusalka and Florencia en el Amazonas for Arizona Opera, Hansel and Gretel and The Tragedy of Carmen for Opera Memphis, Suor Angelica for Crested Butte Music Festival, and L'elisir d'amore, The Music Man, and Il barbiere di Siviglia for the Seagle Music Colony. Borths has also directed gala performances featuring Frederica von Stade and Joyce DiDonato and the southeastern premieres of Soldier Songs and La Hija de Rappaccini. As an assistant director, Borths has worked with many opera companies including Arizona Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, Michigan Opera Theater, Des Moines Metro Opera, and the Festival della Valle d'Itria.

As an educator, Borths runs the Department of Education at Arizona Opera where programs reach over 70,000 people per year. In four seasons, Borths has doubled the reach of the department, tripled the number of programs, and created myriad community partnerships. Additionally, his educational adaptations of classic operas have been seen at Toledo Opera, Atlanta Opera, Arizona Opera, and the Florida State University. Borths holds undergraduate degrees from the University of Michigan, and a master’s degree in Opera Production from Florida State University.