Canadian coloratura soprano Sharleen Joynt makes her Pacific Opera Victoria debut as the Queen of the NIght in the 2017 production of Mozart's The Magic Flute.
Sharleen 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).
Sharleen's engagements in the 2016/17 season also include Cunegonde for a concert staging of Candide with the Orlando Philharmonic; Mahler's Symphony No. 4 with the Thunder Bay Symphony; Claude Vivier's Lonely Child with Symphony Nova Scotia; and the Victoria Symphony's New Year's operetta gala.
In 2015/16, Sharleen starred as Christine in the Canadian Stage and Soundstreams co-production and North American Première of Belgian composer Philippe Boesman's Julie, based on the 1888 Strindberg play, Miss Julie, and as Galatea in Acis and Galatea, in her Opera Piccolo San Antonio debut. She also returned to Theater Augsburg's summer concert series, singing Mozart concert arias.
During the 2014/15 season, Sharleen made her Chinese debut as Zerbinetta in Oper Leipzig's production – and the Chinese première – of Ariadne auf Naxos. She sang Blonde in Die Entführung aus dem Serail in Augsburg, Germany in their summer concert series and also performed her first Zerlina with Against the Grain Theatre in #UncleJohn, a modern adaptation of Don Giovanni, both in Toronto and at Ottawa's Chamberfest.
Sharleen's 2013/14 Season included rejoining the Metropolitan Opera roster to cover Fiakermilli in Richard Strauss' Arabella. She appeared with the Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe (Marie, La Fille du régiment; Adele, Die Fledermaus), Theater und Orchester Heidelberg (Oscar, Un Ballo in Maschera), and made her Swiss debut with the Theater St. Gallen (Zerbinetta, Ariadne auf Naxos). She was also nominated for the prestigious Der Faust prize, awarded by the German Stage Association, for her performance in Wolfgang Rihm's Dionysos.
For the 2012/13 season, Sharleen spent her second year as an ensemble member of Theater und Orchester Heidelberg, performing Blonde in Die Entführung aus dem Serail and receiving critical acclaim for her role of Soprano 1/Ariadne in Rihm's Dionysos. Her uncommonly honest embodiment of characters and fearless onstage presence in German Regietheater led to a 3-page article in the May 2013 issue of Deutsche Bühne magazine.
In 2011/12, she was in Heidelberg for Frasquita in Carmen and Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos, the role for which she was nominated for Nachwunschsängerin (Young Singer of the Year) by Opernwelt. She also debuted with the Schwetzingen Baroque Festival as Fausta in the German première of Scarlatti's Marco Attilio Regolo.
The Metropolitan Opera engaged Ms. Joynt to cover Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos, and further engagements for 2010/2011 included Oscar in Un ballo in maschera, Adele in Die Fledermaus and Despina in Così fan tutte for the Anhaltisches Theater Dessau ensemble. She also returned to the Vocal Arts Institute in Tel Aviv to perform her first Zerbinetta under the baton of Metropolitan Opera conductor, Paul Nadler.
Further credits include her Carnegie Hall debut in Schubert's Mass in G . A former Calgary Opera Emerging Artist, Ms. Joynt graduated from Mannes College of Music, NY, with a Master's degree in Vocal Performance. She is a prize winner of the Liederkranz Foundation Competition, the George London Foundation Competition, the Young Concert Artists International Competition, the Licia-Albanese Foundation Competition, the Canadian Music Competition's International Stepping Stone and the Palm Beach Opera Vocal Competition.
A native of Ottawa, Ontario, Ms. Joynt resides in New York City. She is a respected pop culture and fashion blogger and frequent guest columnist with Flare Magazine.
Sharleen Joynt's mischievous, uninhibited Zerlina enchants. Mozart invests his spunky romantic explorer with some of the loveliest in all opera. Joynt sails through the sumptuous music with a breezy, winning attack, silky and sunlit.
Ian Ritchie, Opera Going Toronto, review of Against the Grain Theatre's #UNCLEJOHN
The young Canadian soprano Sharleen Joynt, from Heidelberg's ensemble, displayed strong stage presence, perfect technique, and sparkling coloratura in the role of Marie. The opera world is surely looking at a great talent
Christoph Wurzel, Online Musik Magazin, review of La Fille du régiment at Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe
Coloratura Sharleen Joynt delivers a breathtaking Zerbinetta, and has already covered the role at the Metropolitan Opera New York and sung it in Tel Aviv. What a voice! Effortless, smooth, capable of great dynamic differentiation, always perfectly controlled and yet completely natural – her intonation is crystal clear, as evidenced when she meets the orchestra with spot-on precision after her extended solo cadenza: a world class singer in Heidelberg's ensemble!
Matthias Roth, Rhein-Neckar-Zeitung, review of Ariadne auf Naxos at Theater un Orchester Heidelberg
Below: Sharleen Joynt sings "Grossmächtige Prinzessin" from Strauss' Ariadne auf Naxos, Theater und Orchester Heidelberg, 2012