A native of Bolivar, New York, soprano Joélle Harvey is quickly becoming recognized as one of the most promising young talents of her generation. She is the recipient of a 2011 First Prize Award from the Gerda Lissner Foundation, a 2009 Sara Tucker Study Grant from the Richard Tucker Foundation, and a 2010 Encouragement Award (in honor of Norma Newton) from the George London Foundation.
Ms. Harvey bowed at Glimmerglass Opera in the summer of 2010 as Seleuce in the U.S. professional stage premiere of Händel’s Tolomeo, where critic David Shengold declared she "dazzled physically and vocally".
In the summer of 2011, Ms. Harvey made her role and company debut with Festival d'Aix-en-Provence as Galatea in Acis and Galatea under the direction of Leonardo García Alarcón. In the 2011-2012 season Joélle Harvey performs Galatea at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice, Handel's Messiah for her debut with the Kansas City Symphony, and in a return to the San Francisco Symphony. She also appears with The Sixteen, led by Harry Christophers, as Michal in a performance of Handel's Saul at London's Barbican, debuts with Opera Boston as Jenifer in The Midsummer Marriage, and performs Bach's B Minor Mass in Leipzig with The English Concert. Future seasons include her debut as Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro with the Glyndebourne Festival Tour.
During the 2012-2013 season and beyond Joelle sings Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro on tour with the Glyndebourne Festival and with Arizona Opera; Tigrane in a United States tour of Radamisto with Harry Bicket and The English Concert; Zerlina in Don Giovanni, conducted by Marc Minkowski at the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence as well as Adina in L’elisir d’amore and Serpetta in La Finta Giardiniera with the Glyndebourne Festival Opera, further appearances at Dallas Opera, and concerts with The Handel & Haydn Society, San Francisco Symphony, New York Phiharmonic, and the Kansas City Symphony.