The American soprano, Joélle Harvey, received her Bachelorís and Masterís Degrees in vocal performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM),where she performed the roles of Amor in Cavalliís LíEgisto, Emmie and Flora in, respectively, Benjamin Brittenís Albert Herring and The Turn of the Screw, Poppea in LíIncoronazione di Poppea, Sophie in Massenetís Werther, and Nannetta in Falstaff. She continues to study with CCM Professor Karen Lykes. She received Second Prize in Houston Grand Operaís 2008 Eleanor McCollum Competition for Young Singers. She received 6th Prize in the Advanced Division of the 2009 Palm Beach Opera Vocal Competition, is a recipient of the Shoshana Foundationís 2007 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 CCM. 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.
Joélle Harvey is quickly becoming recognized as one of the most promising young talents of her generation. In the summer of 2008, she performed the role of Zerlina in Catherine Malfitanoís critically acclaimed production of Mozartís Don Giovanni with San Francisco Operaís Merola Program. As a member of Glimmerglass Operaís 2007 Young American Artists Program, Harvey performed the role of Cupid in Offenbachís Orpheus in the Underworld to great critical acclaim and covered soprano Lisa Saffer in the role of La Princesse in Philip Glassí Orphée.
During the 2008-2009 season, Joélle Harvey made company debuts with Dallas Opera as Barbarina in Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro, Portland Opera as Flora in B. Britten's The Turn of the Screw, and Eugene Opera as Eurydice in Offenbach's Orpheus in the Underworld. On the concert and recital platforms, Harvey made debuts with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra as Leila in performances of Gilbert & Sullivan's Iolanthe conducted by George Manahan, and with Steven Blier and the New York Festival of Song at Merkin Concert Hall and the Caramoor Festival. In the summer of 2009, she returned to Glimmerglass Opera to sing the role of Belinda in Jonathan Miller's new production of Purcell's Dido and Aeneas. She performed the role of Miranda in a workshop of Tod Machover's new opera Death and the Powers in September 2009, and subsequently made her debut at New York City Opera as Zerlina in Christopher Alden's new production of Don Giovanni. She appeared as Flora in The Turn of the Screw for her debut with Houston Grand Opera, and returned to Eugene Opera to sing the role of Susanna in Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro. The spring of 2010 found her at Atlanta Opera, where she covered Pamina in Die Zauberflöte and sang matinee performances of the role. She also performed the Giovanni Battista Pergolesiís Stabat Mater with the Orchestra of St. Luke's at the Baryshnikov Arts Center.
Joélle Harvey 's 2010-2011 season included a return engagement with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra as the soprano soloist in Carmina Burana, performances of George Frideric Handel's Messiah in Spain with Harry Bicket and The English Concert, Belinda in Dido and Aeneas at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Sophie in Werther with Washington Concert Opera under the baton of Antony Walker, and creating the role of Miranda in the world premiere of Death and the Powers at the Opéra de Monte-Carlo. In the summer of 2011, she 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. The 2011-2012 season found performances of Galatea at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice; G.F. Handel's Messiah for her debut with the Kansas City Symphony, and in a return to the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra; Michal in a performance of G.F. Handel's Saul at London's Barbican with Harry Christophers and The Sixteen, which she also recorded with the company; and a return to New York City Opera for the role of Eurydice in Georg Philipp Telemann's Orpheus.
Most recently, Joélle Harvey debuted with Glyndebourne Festival Opera in a revival of Jonathan Kent's acclaimed production of The Fairy Queen. She also performed J.S. Bach's B Minor Mass (BWV 232) with The English Concert under Harry Bicket at the BBC Proms and in Leipzig. During the 2012-2013 season, she is engaged to sing Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro on tour with the Glyndebourne Festival and also with Arizona Opera; two appearances with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra: G.F. Handel's Messiah, conducted by Ragnar Bohlin, and music from Peer Gynt, conducted by Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas; the role of Tigrane in performances of Radamisto at Carnegie Hall and in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with Harry Bicket and The English Concert; the Felix Mendelssohn and J.S. Bach Magnificats for her debut with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra; and Iphis in a USA tour of G.F. Handel's Jephtha with Harry Christophers and the Handel and Haydn Society. She concludes the season in a return to Festival d'Aix-en-Provence for Zerlina in a revival of Dmitri Tcherniakov's production of Don Giovanni, conducted by Marc Minkowski.
Future seasons will include her debut with the Royal Opera in London, further performances with the Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Glyndebourne Festival Touring Company, and the Dallas Opera, as well as on the concert stage with The Handel and Haydn Society, New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony and the Kansas City Symphony.