Canadian coloratura soprano Sharleen Joynt made her Pacific Opera Victoria debut as the Queen of the Night in the 2017 production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute. She returned in 2018 for her role debut as Musetta in Puccini’s La Bohème. In 2020 she takes on the role of the Controller in the Canadian première of Jonathan Dove’s Flight.
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).
Ms Joynt’s 2019/20 season also includes the roles of Gilda in Rigoletto for Edmonton Opera and Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos for Calgary Opera.
During the 2018/19 season, Sharleen made her Opera Philadelphia debut as Winnie in Sky on Swings (Beecher), a new opera about Alzheimers starring Frederica von Stade. Other debuts included Musetta in La Bohème (Vancouver Opera); Glière’s Concerto for Coloratura, Op. 82 (Guelph Symphony); the Soprano Solo in Handel’s Messiah (Charleston Symphony); and Cunegonde in Candide with the Ravinia Music Festival.
Sharleen’s 2017/18 season included a new opera by Beecher with Opera Philadelphia, Cunegonde in Candide for Anchorage Opera and, on the concert stage, Goodall’s Requiem for The Bach Society of St. Louis. She also appeared as Queen of the Night with Theater Augsburg’s Summer concert series.
In addition to the Queen of the Night with Pacific Opera, Sharleen’s engagements in the 2016/17 season included 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.
Previous highlights include her Chinese debut as Zerbinetta in Oper Leipzig’s production – and the Chinese première – of Ariadne auf Naxos; Blonde in Die Entführung aus dem Serail in Augsburg, Germany; Zerlina with Against the Grain Theatre in #UncleJohn, a modern adaptation of Don Giovanni; and the cover of Fiakermilli in Richard Strauss’ Arabella with the Metropolitan Opera. Sharleen also 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.
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.
Joynt is an unforgettable Queen of Night, bull’s-eyeing inhumanly high notes like a sharp-shooter. This coloratura soprano has a lovely, pure voice; her phrasing was nicely controlled and her projection was admirable.
Adrian Chamberlain, Times Colonist, Review of Pacific Opera Victoria’s The Magic Flute, 2017
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
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