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.