American soprano Joélle Harvey is quickly becoming recognized as one of the most promising young talents of her generation. This season, Harvey joins the Los Angeles Philharmonic as Pat Nixon in Nixon in China, the Milwaukee Symphony as Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro, The English Concert under Harry Bicket as Dalinda in Ariodante, and returns to Glyndebourne Festival Opera as Servilia in La clemenza di Tito.
This season’s concert appearances include the Mostly Mozart Festival for Mozart’s Mass in C Minor and his Requiem, which she also sings for the Kansas City Symphony and the Utah Symphony. Additionally, she joins the Cincinnati Symphony for Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis, sings Handel’s Messiah with the Handel & Haydn Society and the National Symphony, the San Francisco Symphony for Mahler’s Das klagende Lied under Michael Tilson Thomas, and the London Symphony Orchestra and Concertgebouw for John Adams’ El Niño, LSO performances under the baton of the composer. She also appears in concert with the LA Chamber Orchestra and the North Carolina Symphony. Future seasons include a return to Glyndebourne Festival Opera.
Recent operatic engagements include Michal in Saul with the Handel & Haydn Society, Inès in a concert performance of La favorite with Washington Concert Opera, repeat appearances as Sicle in Ormindo with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Galatea in Acis and Galatea with the Killkenny Festival, and role debuts as Marzelline in Fidelio with San Francisco Symphony and Anne Trulove in Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress with Utah Opera. In previous seasons she appeared at Glyndebourne Festival Opera as Serpetta in La finta giardiniera, at Glyndebourne Festival Touring Company as Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro and Adina in L’elisir d’amore, and the Dallas Opera for Miranda in Death and the Powers.
Previous engagements include Galatea in Acis and Galatea under the direction of Leonardo García Alarcón and Zerlina in a revival of Dmitri Tcherniakov’s production of Don Giovanni, conducted by Marc Minkowski, both for the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence; Galatea at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice; Eurydice in Telemann’s Orpheus for New York City Opera, and a revival of Jonathan Kent’s acclaimed production of The Fairy Queen for Glyndebourne Festival Opera.
In concert, Harvey recently appeared with the New York Philharmonic (Handel’s Messiah, Mendelssohn and Bach Magnificats), the Cleveland Orchestra (Bach B minor Mass), Tafelmusik, Handel & Haydn Society (Messiah and St. Matthew Passion), LA Philharmonic (Missa Solemnis), The English Concert (Bach B Minor Mass at the BBC Proms and in Leipzig), North Carolina Symphony (Messiah), Dallas Symphony (Mozart Requiem) and the Pygmalion Ensemble (Mozart Mass in C minor). She has also appeared with the San Francisco Symphony (Beethoven’s Mass in C and music from Peer Gynt, conducted by Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas), Milwaukee Symphony (Schubert’s Mass No. 6), Kansas City Symphony (Handel’s Messiah), Indianapolis Symphony, Virginia Symphony, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and Les Violons du Roy. Harvey also sang the role of Tigrane in performances of Radamisto at Carnegie Hall with Harry Bicket and The English Concert; and Iphis in a United States tour of Handel’s Jephtha with the Handel & Haydn Society, and Michal in a performance of Handel’s Saul at the Barbican with Harry Christophers and The Sixteen, which she also recorded with the company.
Harvey is a recipient of the Shoshana Foundation’s 2007 Richard F. Gold Career Grant, a 2011 First Prize Award from the Gerda Lissner Foundation, a 2009 Sara Tucker Study Grant from the Richard Tucker Foundation, a 2010 Encouragement Award (in honor of Norma Newton) from the George London Foundation, and was also presented with the John Alexander Memorial Award and the coveted Sam Adams Award for Achievement in Acting from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM).
Emmie Albert Herring
Tytania A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Flora The Turn of the Screw
Laurie The Tender Land
Norina Don Pasquale
Adina L’elisir d’amore
La Princesse Orphée
Euridice Orfeo ed Euridice
Galatea Acis and Galatea
Cleopatra Giulio Cesare
Gretel Hänsel und Gretel
Poppea L’incoronazione di Poppea
Despina Così fan tutte
Zerlina Don Giovanni
Susanna Le nozze di Figaro
Pamina Die Zauberflöte
Eurydice Orpheus in the Underworld
Constance Dialogues des Carmélites
Belinda Dido and Aeneas
Le feu L’enfant et les sortilèges
Adele Die Fledermaus
Sophie Der Rosenkavalier
Oscar Un ballo in maschera
Ännchen Der Freischütz
Gilbert & Sullivan
Josephine H.M.S. Pinafore
Yum-Yum The Mikado
Mabel The Pirates of Penzance
Concert & recital repertoire
Cantata No.22, ‘Wedding Cantata’
Mass in B Minor
A German Requiem
Great Mass in C minor
Mass No.2 in G major
Los Angeles Times
Among the soloists, soprano Joélle Harvey, a radiantly sublime Iphis, was the most impressive
New York Times
How evenly weighted her liquid soprano remained across the aria’s big interval jumps. Ms. Harvey’s luminous soprano was well cast in the pastoral passages as well as in the gently lilting melody of 'How beautiful are the feet.'
Joélle Harvey’s Susanna is the star by some stretch — impeccably detailed, comically enchanting and finishing it all off with a stunning aria.