American soprano Joélle Harvey is quickly becoming recognised as one of the most promising talents of her generation. In the summer of 2018, she returned to the Glyndebourne Festival Opera for a “captivating” and “exquisite” role debut as Cleopatra in Sir David McVicar’s iconic production of Handel’s Giulio Cesare, conducted by William Christie.
Harvey begins the 2017-2018 season in concert with the Knoxville Symphony, performing Samuel Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915. She subsequently makes her Pittsburgh Opera debut as Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro, and joins The English Concert and Harry Bicket on tour as Almirena in Rinaldo. Further concert appearances include a return to the New York Philharmonic for Handel Messiah under Andrew Manze, and an appearance with the Laguna Music Festival for a concert of music by Brahms and both Clara and Robert Schumann. Future seasons will also include a recital at Carnegie Hall.
Recent operatic engagements include Servilia in La clemenza di Tito for Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Pat Nixon in Nixon in China with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, repeat appearances as Sicle in L'Ormindo with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Galatea in Acis and Galatea at the Teatro La Fenice and under the direction of Leonardo García Alarcón for the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, and Zerlina in a revival of Dmitri Tcherniakov’s production of Don Giovanni, conducted by Marc Minkowski for the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence. In previous seasons she has appeared as Serpetta in La finta giardiniera and Juno The Fairy Queen at Glyndebourne Festival Opera; as Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro for Glyndebourne Festival Touring Company and with the Milwaukee Symphony, Michal in Saul with the Handel & Haydn Society, and Adina in L’elisir d’amore, and the Dallas Opera for Miranda in Death and the Powers. She made role debuts as Marzelline in Fidelio with San Francisco Symphony and Anne Trulove in Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress with Utah Opera.
In concert, Harvey recently appeared with the Mostly Mozart Festival for Mozart’s Mass in C Minor and his Requiem; the New York Philharmonic (Handel Messiah, Mendelssohn and Bach Magnificats), 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 with LSO performances under the baton of the composer; the Cleveland Orchestra (Bach B minor Mass), the Cincinnati Symphony (Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis); Handel & Haydn Society (Messiah and St. Matthew Passion), LA Philharmonic (Missa Solemnis), The English Concert (Bach B Minor Mass at the BBC Proms). She has previously appeared with the San Francisco Symphony (Beethoven’s Mass in C and music from Peer Gynt, conducted by Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas), 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 Michal in a performance of Handel Saul at the Barbican with Harry Christophers and The Sixteen, which she 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).
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
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.