Joshua Borths

Stage Director


Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, Joshua Borths is known for his innovative and thought-provoking productions. 

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.

This season, Borths directs Madama Butterfly for Pensacola Opera, La clemenza di Tito for the University of Maryland, Il barber di Siviglia at Arizona Opera, and returns to Des Moines Metro Opera. Next season, Borths will stage new productions of Charlie Parker's Yardbird and Così fan tutte.

Past favorite include directing new production 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.

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 masters degree in Opera Production from Florida State University.

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