Joélle Harvey

Last updated: March 13, 2024

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.

An in-demand vocal soloist, the soprano regularly appears with the United States’ great orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, the Cleveland Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. On the operatic stage, Harvey appears regularly at the Glyndebourne Festival, made her Metropolitan Opera debut as Pamina in The Magic Flute, and her Royal Opera, Covent Garden debut as Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro.

The soprano began 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 The English Concert. Season debuts include the Houston Symphony, for Orff’s Carmina Burana, and the New World Symphony, for Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.

Joélle Harvey is closely associated with Boston’s Handel & Haydn Society, as well as London’s The English Concert. A celebrated chamber musician, she has appeared with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Music@Menlo, Tafelmusik, Les Violons du Roy, and Cappella Mediterranea. She made her solo Carnegie Hall recital debut in 2019 with pianist Allen Perriello, and has appeared at the BBC Proms as the Mater Gloriosa in Mahler’s Eighth Symphony.

Joélle Harvey was the recipient of a First Prize Award from the Gerda Lissner Foundation and a Sara Tucker Grant from the Richard Tucker Foundation. She is a recipient of the Shoshana Foundation’s Richard F. Gold Career Grant, 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). 

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