Soprano Sharleen Joynt

ROLES PREPARED AND/OR PERFORMED
Adele – Die Fledermaus
Amore – Orfeo ed Euridice
Blonde – Die Entführung aus dem Serail
Christine – Julie (Boesmans)
Cleopatra – Giulio Cesare in Egitto
Controller – Flight
Cunegonde – Candide
Despina – Cosi Fan Tutte
Euridice – Orfeo ed Euridice
La Fée – Cendrillon
Fiakermilli – Arabella
Fire, Princess, Rossignol – L'enfant et les sortilèges
Frasquita – Carmen
Gilda – Rigoletto
Héro – Béatrice et Bénédict
Königin der Nacht – Der Zauberflöte
Madame Herz – Der Schauspieldirektor
Marie – La fille du Régiment
Musetta – La bohème
Olympia – Les contes d'Hoffmann
Oscar – Un Ballo in Maschera
Sopran. 1/Ariadne – Dionysos (Rihm)
Winnie – Sky on Wings (Beecher)
Zerbinetta – Ariadne auf Naxos
Zerlina – Don Giovanni
ROLES IN PREPARATION
Amina – La Sonnambula
Golden Cockerel – The Golden Cockerel
Lucia – Lucia di Lammermoor
Madame Mao – Nixon in China
Nachtigall – Die Vögel (Braunfels)
Philine – Mignon
Sandman/Dew Fairy – Hansel und Gretel

Canadian-Chinese coloratura soprano Sharleen Joynt has been praised for her “silvery, sparkling, substantial and resonant soprano” (Die Deutsche Bühne), her “scintillating high range, reminiscent of the most beautiful moments of Mady Mesplé” (Opernwelt), and “an artistic command that leaves the listener breathless” (Deutschland Radio). Most recently, Sharleen reprised the role of the Controller in Jonathan Dove’s Flight for Seattle Opera, which was filmed and released for streaming in April of 2021, critics exclaiming, “We know we’re in for an acting treat when we see Sharleen Joynt’s overpoweringly supercilious, impeccably turned out Controller, prowling her control tower and pulling the strings; we see her arched eyebrows and penetrating stare in close-up as she delivers stratospheric coloratura.” (Bachtrack). 

Ms. Joynt’s 2023-2024 engagements include a return to Seattle Opera as Morgana in Handel’s Alcina and a role and house debut with Detroit Opera as Bess in Breaking the Waves.

During the 2022-2023 season, Ms. Joynt returned to Seattle Opera as Amore in Gluck’s Orfeo and sang Gilda in Rigoletto for both Florida Grand Opera and Colorado Opera. That season, she also sang Euridice in Orfeo ed Euridice with Edmonton Opera and enjoyed a wildly successful last-minute jump-in as Cunégonde with Opéra National de Lyon.

2020 engagements were to include a reprisal of her signature role of Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos with Calgary Opera. In the previous season, she made a role and company début as Gilda in Rigoletto with Edmonton Opera, performed in New Year’s Galas with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, and sang the Controller in Jonathan Dove’s Flightwith Pacific Opera Victoria. Prior engagements included performing the role of Winnie in Lembit Beecher’s Sky on Swings, a new opera about Alzheimers starring Frederica von Stade, with Opera Philadelphia, Musetta in La Bohème with Vancouver Opera and Pacific Opera Victoria, and Cunegonde in Candide with Anchorage Opera, the Tanglewood Music Festival, the Ravinia Music Festival, and the Orlando Philharmonic. At home with contemporary music, Sharleen also performed Christine in the North American Premiere of Belgian composer Philippe Boesmans’ Julie, based on the 1888 Strindberg play, “Miss Julie”, in a co-production with Canadian Stage and Soundstreams. In concert, highlights include Glière’s Concerto for Coloratura, Op. 82 (Guelph Symphony), as well as the soprano solos in Handel’s Messiah (Charleston Symphony), Howard Goodall’s Eternal Light requiem (Bach Society of St. Louis), and Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 (Thunder Bay Symphony).

Sharleen made her European début when she joined the Anhaltisches Theater Dessau ensemble to sing Oscar in Un Ballo in Maschera, Adele in Die Fledermaus, and Despina in Cosi Fan Tutte. With the Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe, she sang Marie in La Fille du Régiment and Adele in Die Fledermaus. She performed her signature role of Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos with Theater St. Gallen, Theater und Orchester Heidelberg, and in the Chinese premiere of the opera, produced by Oper Leipzig. As part of the Theater und Orchester Heidelberg ensemble, Sharleen sang Frasquita in Carmen, Blonde in Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Fausta in the German premiere of Scarlatti’s Marco Attilio Regolo in the Winter in Schwetzingen Baroque Festival, and Soprano 1/Ariadne in Wolfgang Rihm’s Dionysos.

Honors include nominations for Nachwunschsängerin (Singer of the Year), awarded by Opernwelt magazine, and the prestigious “Der Faust” prize, awarded by the German Stage Association. Her fearless onstage presence in German Regietheater led to a 3-page feature in Deutsche Bühne magazine. Sharleen has been a prizewinner in the Liederkranz Foundation Competition, the George London Foundation Competition, the Young Concert Artists International Auditions, the Licia Albanese Foundation Competition, the Canadian Music Competition’s International Stepping Stone, and the Palm Beach Opera Vocal Competition.