Joélle Harvey

Acclaimed by the Financial Times as singing one of the “most delectably mellifluous Susanna to have been heard here for some years”, American soprano Joélle Harvey has built a reputation as one of finest singers of her generation, performing major roles on stages such as the Metropolitan Opera, Glyndebourne, Royal Opera House, Zurich Opera, Teatro La Fenice and the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence.

Harvey begins the 2023-2024 season with an appearance at London’s Wigmore Hall, singing the role of Tirsi in Handel’s Clori, Tirsi e Fileno, with Harry Bicket leading The English Concert. She will sing Handel’s Messiah with the San Francisco Symphony, Chicago Symphony, North Carolina Symphony and Handel & Haydn Society, Fauré’s Requiem with the National Symphony Orchestra, and a program of Haydn and Mozart with H&H. Season debuts include the Houston Symphony, for Orff’s Carmina Burana, and the New World Symphony, for Beethoven’s 9th Symphony. Notably, Harvey joins two long-tenured Music Directors for their farewell seasons: Louis Langrée, leading the Cincinnati Symphony in Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem, and the Kansas City Symphony’s Michael Stern, who conducts performances of Mahler’s Symphony No. 2.

Ms. Harvey’s 2022-2023 season brought appearances with a host of internationally-acclaimed organisations. She joined the New York Philharmonic as the soprano soloist in a gala performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, celebrating the opening of David Geffen Hall and conducted by Jaap van Zweden. She debuted with the Bamberg Symphoniker at the Lucerne Festival (Mahler’s 4th & Alma Mahler songs, conducted by Jakub Hrůša), Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin (Handel’s Solomon with Robin Ticciati), and the Minnesota Orchestra (Haydn’s The Creation with Paul McCreesh). The season also held returns to the Cleveland Orchestra (Schubert Mass in E-flat in Cleveland and at Carnegie Hall), Chicago Symphony Orchestra (Carmina Burana), the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (Mahler 2) and the Metropolitan Opera (Pamina in The Magic Flute). Notable chamber performances included a recital with baritone John Moore and pianist Allen Perriello for Philadelphia Chamber Music Society and appearances with the Chamber Music Societies of Lincoln Center and Palm Beach. She also made her Jacksonville Symphony debut, for Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem and debut with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s in an all-Handel program conducted by Bernard Labadie at Carnegie Hall. During the summer of 2023, she returned to the Glyndebourne Festival as the title role in a new production of Handel’s Semele, and to the BBC Proms, singing the Israelite Woman in Handel’s Samson with Laurence Cummings and the Academy of Ancient Music.

Her recent concert performances include Mahler Symphony No. 2 with the Cincinnati Symphony, New Philharmonic and Philharmonia orchestras, Schubert Mass in E-flat and Mahler Symphony No. 4 with the Cleveland Orchestra, Handel Solomon with the Deutsches Symphony-Orchester (Robin Ticciati), Orff Carmina Burana with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Brahms Requiem with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, Mahler Symphony No. 8  with the LA Philharmonic orchestra at the Hollywood Bowl (Gustavo Dudamel), and Mahler Symphony No. 2 with Cleveland Orchestra (Franz Welser-Möst). Joélle toured with the British ensemble Arcangelo and Jonathan Cohen, performing in several U.S. cities and frequently performs with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke’s and the  Handel & Haydn Society.

A native of Bolivar, New York, soprano Joélle Harvey received her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in vocal performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM). She began her career training at Glimmerglass Opera (now The Glimmerglass Festival) and the Merola Opera Program.