CCM Opera Alumni Spotlight – Joélle Harvey
Where are you call home these days?
I’m currently living in NYC with my soon-to-be husband and manager, Alex Fletcher.
What plans do you have coming up the next year?
In September (after I get married), I will be in Boston to make a recording of Tod Machover’s robot opera Death and the Powers. Most of October will be spent in Venice singing Galatea in Handel’s Acis and Galatea, which I performed at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence this summer. In November I’ll sing Michal in Handel’s Saul with Harry Christophers and The Sixteen at the Barbican in London. I sing three Messiah’s in December (Dartmouth College, Kansas City Symphony, and San Francisco Symphony). In January and February I’ll be in Boston to sing Jenifer in Michael Tippett’s The Midsummer Marriage, along with CCM alums Deborah Selig and Matt DiBattista. In June I’ll sing Bach’s B Minor Mass at the Thomas Kirche in Leipzig with Harry Bickett and the English Concert. After that I’ll be singing Susanna for three months with the Glyndebourne Festival Tour.
What have been some of your highlights in the past year?
I traveled a fair amount over the last 12 months. After singing Seleuce in Handel’s Tolomeo with Glimmerglass Opera in the summer of 2010, I went to Monaco to sing in the world premiere of Tod Machover’s Death and the Powers. That November I sang as the soprano soloist with the San Francisco Symphony in Carmina Burana. I then stepped in at the last minute to sing Messiah with Harry Bickett and the English Concert in a short tour of Spain. This winter I spent time singing in Frankfurt and at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and had auditions in Berlin, Paris, and London. In May I sang Sophie in the Washington Concert Opera’s presentation of Werther. I left straight from there to go to Aix-En-Provence, where I spent the summer singing Galatea in Acis and Galatea. Since I got back in July, I’ve mostly been planning my September 3rd wedding!
In the spring of 2011 I received a First Place award from the Gerda Lissner Foundation.
Can you share some fond memories you have of CCM?
I truly enjoyed all of my time at CCM. I have fond memories from my first year of undergrad when the Chamber Choir toured Portugal- how lucky was I to get to do that my first year? I made a lot of great friends, some of whom now live just a few blocks away in NYC. There were also tremendous teachers, such as Dr. Edward Nowacki, and, of course, my voice teacher, Karen Lykes. Karen is the most supportive teacher I’ve ever met, and I feel that it would have been worth six years at CCM just to study with her.
What were some valuable lessons you took with you after you left CCM?
I’m always amazed at the number of former CCM students I run into while singing with various companies. They are consistently the most prepared and hardest working members of any production, and it makes me proud to be able to say that I went to CCM. We were taught to take pride in what we do, do it well, and to be good colleagues.
Would you like to share anything else?
Finally, I would like to admit publicly that I still am in possession of a CCM Chamber Choir black folder. Sorry, Dr. Rivers! 🙂