Joelle Harvey


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.

During the 2011-2012 season Ms Harvey sang Galatea in Acis and Galatea at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice and made her Glyndebourne Festival Opera debut in The Fairy Queen. She sang Handel's Messiah with San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, Bach's B Minor Mass at the BBC Proms and in Leipzig with The English Concert, and Michal in Handel's Saul with The Sixteen in London. Highlights of Ms Harvey’s 12-13 season included Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro on tour with the Glyndebourne Festival; Handel's Messiah and music from Peer Gynt with the San Francisco Symphony; Tigrane in a United States tour of Radamisto with Harry Bicket and The English Concert; Mendelssohn and Bach’s Magnificats with the New York Philharmonic; Iphis in a tour of Handel's Jephtha with the Handel & Haydn Society, and Zerlina in Don Giovanni, conducted by Marc Minkowski, at the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence. 

Engagements in the 13/14 season and beyond include Adina in L’elisir d’amore and Serpetta in La Finta Giardiniera with the Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Sicle in Ormindo at London’s Globe Theatre produced by Covent Garden,  her Santa Fe debut in La Finta Giardiniera conducted by Harry Bicket, and further appearances at Dallas Opera as well as Schubert's Mass No. 6 with the Milwaukee Symphony, Dalila in Samson with Handel & Haydn Society, Beethoven's Mass in C with the San Francisco Symphony, Bach’s B Minor Mass with the Cleveland Orchestra, conducted by Franz Welser-Möst, and concerts with The New York Phiharmonic.

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    Bach B Minor - BBC Proms 2012





Handel and Haydn Society, Boston, USA

interview for Handel + Haydn society prior to concerts of Samson in which Joelle sings Dalila


L'Ormindo, directed by Kasper Holten for the Royal Opera House

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, Globe Theatre

"They also sing wonderfully, most notably the tenor Ed Lyon and the haute-contre Samuel Boden opposite Susannah Hurrell and Joelle Harvey as their paramours, both of whom excel with their expressive coloratura." Michael Church, The Independent, 26 March 2014
"Susanna Hurrell and Joélle Harvey sound terrific as Erisbe and Sicle respectively...A more exquisite evening would be hard to imagine." Tim Ashley, The Guardian, 26 March 2014


L'elisir d'amore

Glyndebourne on tour

"As the eventual lovers, the young Americans Christopher Tiesi and Joélle Harvey make a winning pair...Harvey’s Adina is technically immaculate, and her bright yet never tinny soprano lends sympathy to this sometimes brittle coquette of a character. You are never in doubt that she will fall for the good guy in the end." Hugh Canning, The Sunday Times, 13 October 2013
"Joelle Harvey shone as an Adina of considerable personality and technical security, running up and down the scales neatly and always to expressive purpose; she struck the centre of the character - a little hard around the edges, soft on the inside - to a nicety." Opera magazine, George Hall, December 2013
"Donizetti connoisseurs will want to hear Joélle Harvey’s Adina, the minx whose heart eventually melts. Singing with superb technical security, she supplies a stream of bright tone without a hint of edginess." John Allison, The Telegraph, 23 October 2013
"The American soprano Joélle Harvey is marvellous as Adina, having a superbly controlled voice that can cope with all the demands of  Donizetti's vocally challenging score." William Hartston, Express, 10 October 2013


Don Giovanni

Aix-en-Provence Festival

"American soprano Joelle Harvey gave us a sassy Zerlina, smart and carefree who goes after Don Giovanni and can wrap Masetto around her little finger. Very well done." James Karas,
"Du côté des femmes, vocalement, c'est la Zerline de Joelle Harvey, une ancienne de l'Académie européenne de musique, qui fait l'unanimité. Un chant limpide, puissant, d'une rectitude idéale. Assorti à un charmant minois et à une belle présence scénique : le succès."

"On the women's side, it's the Zerlina of Joélle Harvey, a veteran of the European Academy of Music, who wins unanimous support. A clear voice, powerful, and with perfect rectitude. Matched with a pretty face and a great stage presence: success."

Michel Egea, La Provence, 7 July 2013



The Sixteen/Christophers (Coro CD, 2012)

"The Michal of Joelle Harvey is by contrast exquisitely sung in a pure, appealing soprano. The concluding "In sweetest harmony" is particularly moving in this score full of delights." David Shengold, Opera News, March 2013


Le nozze di Figaro

Glyndebourne on Tour

"Loconsolo's warmth and anger is nicely foiled by Joélle Harvey's self-assured, exquisite Susanna"

The Guardian, October 2012


Mass in B Minor

The English Concert/Bicket at the BBC Proms

"Soprano Joélle Harvey made a strong Proms debut, her duet with Davies particularly full of Italianate baroque flair and grace"

The Arts Desk, August 2012



The Sixteen/Christophers

"intertwined delightfully with Joélle Harvey’s Michal, making one of Handel’s rare duets seem all the more precious for its scarcity in an aria-heavy work. Harvey is a name to watch, a soprano with presence, poise and silvery top notes." 

The Times, November 2011


Dido & Aeneas


"Soprano Joelle Harvey sounded bright, young...smaller in size than Dido. That made her a very credible Belinda."

Opera Magazine, Netherlands, February 2011


Carmina Burana

San Francisco Symphony Orchestra

"Soprano Joélle Harvey, a distinguished recent participant in the Merola Opera Program, brought elegant phrasing and a smoky tone to her assignment."

Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle