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Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, Joshua Borths is known for his innovative and thought-provoking productions of opera and musical theatre.
In addition to serving as the Director of Opera & Musical Theatre and professor of music history at Capital University, Borths is the Head of the Directing Staff at Des Moines Metro Opera during the summer season and freelances as a stage director and educator around the country.
Borths arrived at Capital after serving for four years as Arizona Opera’s Resident Stage Director and Director of Education and Community Engagement: directing new productions, managing education programs, and creating community initiatives that reached 80,000 people annually.
At Capital University, Borths has proudly directed and produced productions of Dido & Aeneas; Kiss Me, Kate, and Parade.
Over the past few seasons, Borths directed acclaimed productions of Madama Butterfly for Pensacola Opera, La clemenza di Tito for the University of Maryland, Song from the Uproar for Opera Ithaca, and Il barbiere di Siviglia for Arizona Opera.
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, and his educational adaptations of classic operas have been seen at Toledo Opera, Atlanta Opera, Arizona Opera, Pensacola Opera, and Florida State University.
B.M. Musicology--University of MichiganB.M. Vocal Performance (Stage Directing Emphasis)--University of MichiganM.M. Opera Production (Stage Directing)--Florida State University
Ted ED'S "The Secrets of Mozart's Magic Flute" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8iKd-P4Bcac&t=9s