“Silvery”-voiced coloratura soprano Sharleen Joynt has been “sparking audience enthusiasm” with her “special and unexpected amber timbre”, “a vocal range that is second to none”, her “scintillating stage presence”, and her “love for taking risks”.
Sharleen's 2014/15 Season brings her China debut, as Zerbinetta in Oper Leipzig's production—and the Chinese premiere—of Ariadne auf Naxos. She will sing Blonde in Die Entführung aus dem Serail in Augsburg, Germany, in their summer concert series. She will also perform her first Zerlina with Against the Grain Theatre in #UncleJohn, a modern adaptation of Don Giovanni, both in Toronto and with the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival.
Sharleen's 2013/14 Season included rejoining the Metropolitan Opera roster to cover Fiakermilli in R. 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 the Theater und Orchester Heidelberg, performing Blonde in Die Entführung aus dem Serail and receiving critical acclaim for her “stratospheric” Soprano 1/Ariadne in Wolfgang Rihm's Dionysos. She also made both a role and house debut with the Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe as Marie in La Fille du Régiment. 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.
The 2011/12 Season included joining the Theater und Orchester Heidelberg ensemble for Frasquita in Carmen and her vastly critically acclaimed Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos, the role for which she was nominated for Nachwunschsängerin (Young Singer of the Year) by Opernwelt magazine. She also debuted with the Winter in Schwetzingen Baroque Festival as Fausta in the German premiere of Scarlatti's Marco Attilio Regolo.
Sharleen's 2010/11 Season included joining the Metropolitan Opera roster to cover the role of Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos. She joined the Anhaltisches Theater Dessau ensemble, making her European debut as Oscar in Un Ballo in Maschera, followed by Adele in Die Fledermaus, and Despina in Cosi Fan Tutte. She also returned to the International Vocal Arts Institute in Tel Aviv to perform her first Zerbinetta under the baton of Metropolitan Opera conductor Paul Nadler.
In 2009 Sharleen made her Carnegie Hall debut singing the soprano solo in Schubert's Mass in G. For the 2009/10 Season she was an Emerging Artist with Calgary Opera. She graduated from Mannes College of Music in New York in 2009 with her Masters degree in Vocal Performance. She 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.
ZERLINA // #UNCLEJOHN (AGAINST THE GRAIN THEATRE)
"Sharleen Joynt is a gorgeous Zerlina, with a voice full of power and control that is by turns seductive and serene." —Robert Harris, The Globe and Mail
"Zerlina is subtly portrayed by a singer new to me; New York-based Ottawa native Sharleen Joynt... She has a lovely voice, too. It's accurate and full and has a really interesting timbre; not exactly dark, not exactly light; coppery, perhaps?" —John Gilks, Opera Ramblings
"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
"Overall, the most consistently outstanding performances come from Miriam Khalil as Elvira and Sharleen Joynt as Zerlina. In both cases, the sheer beauty of vocal production – the lovely dark tones of Khalil and the shimmering brightness of Joynt – overcame the satirically colloquial nature of Ivany’s libretto." —Christopher Hoile, Stage Door
Oscar // Un ballo in Maschera (Theater und Orchester heidelberg)
"A brilliant and downright luxurious Oscar." —Detlef Brandenburg, Die Deutsche Bühne
“Sharleen Joynt was charming and sprightly in the trouser role of Oscar, and sang with razor-sharp coloratura.” —Eckhard Britsch, Opernnetz
“Sharleen Joynt, as a clearly feminine Oscar, charmed with her excellent voice: lightness and clarity, secure and reliable, with very clean coloratura.” —Matthias Roth, Rhein-Neckar-Zeitung
“Sharleen Joynt was a very convincing Oscar, here obviously in love with Riccardo. Not only was her acting variegated and her coloratura virtuosic, but her Oscar was seductively androgynous, somehow between Catwoman and Boy.” —Stefan Dettlinger, Mannheimer Morgen
MARIE // LA FILLE DU RÉGIMENT (BADISCHES STAATSTHEATER KARLSRUHE)
(Translated from German)
"Karlsruhe struck gold with the casting of young Canadian soprano Sharleen Joynt as Marie – she's charming, flirtatious, and brings a lightness of touch as well as a beautiful voice to the role." —Eckhard Britsch, Opernnetz
"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
ARIADNE/1. SOPRANO // DIONYSOS (THEATER UND ORCHESTER HEIDELBERG)
(Translated from German)
"Koloraturwunder." —Joachim Lange, Die Welt
"Soprano Sharleen Joynt enchants not only with her glittering coloratura, but also her strongly erotic aura." —Thomas Weiss, Darmstädter Echo
"With a rich, focused yet ethereal sound, soprano Sharleen Joynt brings both erotic seduction and wit to the role of Ariadne.” —Damian Kern, Der Neue Merker
"Sharleen Joynt sings, purrs, coos, and ravages her way through this extremely high role excellently." —Eckhard Britsch, Opernnetz
"Sharleen Joynt nailed Araidne's heavenly highs and hellish intervalic leaps with exemplary clarity and precise intonation." —Alexander Dick, Badische Zeitung
“Particularly outstanding was Sharleen Joynt as the 1st High Soprano and Ariadne. She has mastered the exchange between the highest highs and lowest lows perfectly. Her voice remained consistently clear and fexible.” —Jelena Rothermel, Operapoint
"And how could one better cast the role of Ariadne than with the phenomenal Sharleen Joynt, who fulflls all of Rihm's extreme requirements effortlessly." —Jörn Florian Fuchs, Deutchlandradio
"Sharleen Joynt possesses both presence and breathtaking coloratura." —Joachim Lange, Online Musik Magazin
ZERBINETTA // ARIADNE AUF NAXOS (THEATER UND ORCHESTER HEIDELBERG)
(Translated from German)
“Young Canadian Sharleen Joynt as Zerbinetta is the highlight of the production. She combines technical command with spirited acting and a love for taking risks and will certainly soon enchant audiences way beyond Heidelberg with her attractive voice whose scintillating high range is reminiscent of the most beautiful moments of Mady Mesplé.” —Claus Ambrosius, Opernwelt
“The most remarkable feature about Heidelberg's Ariadne is Sharleen Joynt's big solo: the cheekiness of the leader of the commedia dell'arte group transported into the 20th century culminates in an aria about extreme experiences of exalted love, delivered with an artistic command that leaves the listener breathless. Soprano Sharleen Joynt's Despina in Dessau carried great conviction - her Zerbinetta kindles enormous enthusiasm.” —Frieder Reininghaus, Deutschlandradio Kultur
“Zerbinetta was cast with a singer from the house, and Sharleen Joynt sang her role with a secure soprano that carried well delivering a performance of breathtaking vocal accuracy.” —Uwe Marcus Rykov, European-News-Agency
“But this Zerbinetta is the absolute highlight! Not for a long time has the opera stage seen a Zerbinetta of such power, virtuosity and security as in Sharleen Joynt's performance. The audience voiced its appreciation with a show-stopping XL-ovation. She is a discovery that will be noticed in many places and probably heard very soon at larger theaters.” —Joachim Lange, Online Musik Magazin
“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
“Sharleen Joynt with her enchanting lyric coloratura soprano delivers a ravishing portrayal that sparks the audience's enthusiasm.” —Eckhard Britsch, Mannheimer Morgen
“The pretty Canadian coloratura Sharleen Joynt already wowed the audience with her coquette portrayal in the prologue. In the second part, her big aria, sung with admirable commitment, earned her an ovation that stopped the show for several minutes.” —Udo Pacolt, Der Neue Merker
“And these singers are quite a sensation. What other theatre this size could possibly cast Zerbinetta from its ensemble? Sharleen Joynt sings this daunting role with a silvery, sparkling, substantial and resonant soprano. She nails her top notes with dazzling accuracy and navigates the aria's many diffculties with skill and artistry. Hers is clearly a well-crafted performance that exudes vocal brilliance and is distinguished by a scintillating stage presence. “ —Detlef Brandenburg, Die Deutsche Bühne
FAUSTA // MARCO ATTILIO REGOLO (SCHWETZINGEN BAROQUE FESTIVAL)
(Translated from German)
"Among the sopranos, Sharleen Joynt as Fausta deserves frst mention, giving her role an attractive profle, which ranges from hysteria to ravishingly beautiful cantilena." —Eckhard Britsch, Opernnetz
"Sharleen Joynt's soprano responded subtly and eloquently even into the extreme high range." —Hans-Klaus Jungheinrich, Frankfurter Rundschau
"Sharleen Joynt is the new coloratura in Heidelberg and introduced herself brilliantly with extremely intensive and virtuosically shaped singing and an attractive voice capable of profound expression." —Rainer Koehl, Darmstadt Echo
"The soprano roles are sumptuously cast: Sharleen Joynt portrays Fausta as a highly differentiated character encompassing hysterical outbursts and beautifully shaped lyricism." —Eckhard Britsch, Mannheimer Morgen