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Soprano Joélle Harvey makes her Handel and Haydn Society debut with Handel Jephtha. A native of Bolivar, New York, Harvey is quicklybecoming recognized as one of the most promising young talents of her generation. She is the recipient of a First Prize Award in 2011 from the Gerda Lissner Foundation Vocal Competition and a 2009 Sara Tucker Study Grant from the Richard Tucker Foundation. In the summer of 2012 Harvey made her debut with Glyndebourne Festival Opera in a revival of Jonathan Kent's acclaimed production of The Fairy Queen. She also sang Bach's B Minor Mass with The English Concert at both the BBC Proms and in Leipzig. During the 2012–2013 Season, she is engaged to sing Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro on tourwith the Glyndebourne Festival and also with Arizona Opera; Handel's Messiah in a return to the San Francisco Symphony; music from Peer Gynt with the San Francisco Symphony, conducted by Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas; the role of Tigrane in a United States tour of Radamisto, with Harry Bicket and The English Concert; and the Mendelssohn and Bach Magnificats for her debut with The New York Philharmonic. Future seasons will include further performances with the Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Arizona Opera, and the Dallas Opera, as well as on the concert stage with The Handel and Haydn Society, New York Phiharmonic, and the Kansas City Symphony.
Additional engagements of note include: Carmina Burana and Gilbert & Sullivan’s Iolanthe with the San Francisco Symphony, Handel’s Messiah with The English Concert, and Michal in Handel’s Saul with The Sixteen. Harvey appears on CORO’s recording of Saul, conducted by Harry Christophers, and released in 2012.