American soprano Joélle Harvey is recognised as one of the most promising talents of her generation. Her recent Royal Opera House main stage debut as Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro under the baton of John Eliot Gardiner was praised by Financial Times as “Joélle Harvey sings the most delectably mellifluous Susanna to have been heard here for some years.”
During 2022/23 Harvey returns to the Metropolitan Opera as Pamina Die Zauberflöte and to the Glyndebourne Festival for the title role of Semele; in concert she performs Mahler Symphony No. 2 with the Cincinnati Symphony and New Philharmonic orchestras, Schubert Mass in E-flat with the Cleveland Orchestra, Handel Solomon with the Deutsches Symphony-Orchester (Robin Ticciati) and Orff Carmina Burana with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Last season Harvey made her house and role debut as Aristea L' Olimpiade at the Zurich Opera House, and appeared in concert with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Handel & Haydn Society, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and Les violons du Roy.
Recent highlights include her role debut as Pamina for the Metropolitan Opera. In concert, she appeared with the New York Philharmonic, St Louis Symphony and the Philharmonia Orchestra performing Mahler Symphony No 2, Mahler Symphony No 4 with Cleveland Orchestra, with San Francisco Symphony performing Brahms Requiem, and with the Handel & Haydn Society performing Mozart Requiem, among others.
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 Giulio Cesare, conducted by William Christie. In the 2018/19 season Joelle made her Carnegie Hall recital debut with pianist Allen Perriello, as part of the Great Singers: Evenings of Song series. The works of Gustav Mahler figured substantially in her other season engagements: Mahler Symphony No 8 with the LA Philharmonic orchestra at the Hollywood Bowl, singing the Mater Gloriosa in performances conducted by Gustavo Dudamel; Mahler Symphony No 2 with Cleveland Orchestra with Franz Welser-Möst and for her debut with Toronto Symphony, in performances led by Juanjo Mena; Mahler Symphony No 5 with San Diego Symphony and Edo de Waart. Joelle toured with the British ensemble Arcangelo and Jonathan Cohen, performing in several U.S. cities. She also appeared with the New York Philharmonic (Mozart Requiem), Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra (Bach St. John Passion), North Carolina Symphony (Mozart arias and Mass in C Minor), Indianapolis Symphony (Bruckner Te deum), and Handel & Haydn Society (Mozart Requiem), among others.
Recent opera engagements include her Pittsburgh Opera debut as Susanna Le nozze di Figaro, Servilia La clemenza di Tito for Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Pat Nixon Nixon in China with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, repeat appearances as Sicle L’Ormindo with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Galatea Acis and Galatea at the Teatro La Fenice 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 La finta giardiniera and Juno The Fairy Queen at Glyndebourne Festival.
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
*Carnegie Hall recital debut with pianist Allen Perriello, as part of the Great Singers: Evenings of Song series.
*Mahler Symphony No 8 with the LA Philharmonic orchestra at the Hollywood Bowl, singing the Mater Gloriosa in performances conducted by Gustavo Dudamel
*Mozart’s Requiem with the New York Philharmonic
*A concert tour with Jonathan Cohen and Arcangelo performing Handel's 9 German Arias. Venues include Zankel Hall, Carnegie Hall, New York City, and Shriver Hall, Baltimore, US.
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.