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Joseph DeSota

A native of Portland, Oregon, DeSota has performed throughout the United States, Italy, Germany, Austria, and the Czech Republic. Throughout Europe, DeSota has performed as a soloist in top venues including the Salzburg Music Festival, Spoleto Festival, St. Peter’s Basilica, and Salzburg’s Mozarteum.

DeSota received his Bachelors degree in Vocal Performance from Pepperdine University, where he performed such roles as Basilio in Le nozze di Figaro, and Reverend Parris in The Crucible. DeSota received his Masters degree and Doctorate of Musical Arts from UMKC’s Conservatory of Music and Dance, where he performed such roles as Nemorino in L’Elisir d’amore, Lysander in A Midsummer Nights Dream, Count Danilo in Die lustige Witwe, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, and L’Aumonier in Dialogue des Carmélites. Other notable operatic roles include Gabriel von Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus, the title role in Idomeneo, King Kaspar in Amahl and the Night Visitors, and Monostatos in Die Zauberflöte. While pursuing his doctoral degree, DeSota worked as a Graduate Teaching Assistant, teaching class voice, private voice lessons, and worked as the Administrative Assistant for the Vocal Studies Division.

After graduation from the Conservatory, DeSota began his work behind the scenes of UMKC’s opera department. He has worked as Opera Coordinator for Cosí fan tutte, Little Women, Die Zauberflöte, and The Turn of the Screw. He was also Assistant Director for Die Zauberflöte and The Turn of the Screw, as well as directing the 2015 Opera Scenes and co-directing the 2016 Opera Scenes.

Throughout his time working for UMKC’s opera production team, DeSota has continued to perform as well. He has worked throughout the Kansas City area including performances with the Kansas City Baroque Consortium, Kansas City Cathedral Concert Series, Kansas City Civic Opera, Kansas City Opera Institute, and the Lyric Opera of Kansas City Express. He also sang for the opening gala of Kansas City’s Kauffman City for the Performing Arts featuring Placido Domingo and Patti LuPone. He Has had the opportunity of working with such artists as Diana Soviero, Sheri Greenawald, Stanford Olsen, George Darden, Henry Price, John Musto, Martin Katz, Graham Johnson, Margo Garrett, Paul Sperry, Wolfgang Brendel, and Christine Brewer.