“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].”
During the 2015/2016 season, Sharleen stars as Christine in the CanStage and Soundstreams co-production and North American Premiere of Belgian composer Philippe Boesman’s Julie, based on the 1888 Strindberg play, “Miss Julie”, and as Galatea in Acis & Galatea, making her Opera Piccolo San Antonio debut. In 2016/17, Sharleen joins the Orlando Philharmonic as Cunegonde for a concert staging of Candide, and reprises Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute with Pacific Opera Victoria. She will also join several Canadian orchestras in concerts ranging from Mahler 4, to Claude Vivier’s Lonely Child, to Operetta.
During the 2014/15 season, Sharleen made her Chinese debut as Zerbinetta in Oper Leipzig’s production – and the Chinese premiere – of Ariadne auf Naxos. She sang Blonde in Die Entfuhrung aus dem Seraglio 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 R. Strauss’ Arabella. She appeared with Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe (Marie, La Fille du Regiment, Adele, Die Fledermaus), Theater und Orchester Heidelberg (Oscar, Un ballo in maschera), and made her Swiss debut with 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 “stratospheric” Soprano 1/Ariadne in the Rihm opera. 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 premiere 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 Cosi 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 and Zerbinetta for the Vocal Arts Institute in Tel Aviv. A former Calgary Opera Emerging Artist, Ms. Joynt graduated from Mannes College of Music, NY, with a Masters 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.