About Sharon Azrieli

Sharon Azrieli’s magnificent soprano has been heard to great acclaim across the globe, from New York to Tokyo, and from Tel Aviv to her native Montréal. From her debut as Juliette (Roméo et Juliette) to recent portrayals of Gioconda (La Gioconda) and Nedda (I Pagliacci), Azrieli has been deemed “utterly charming” (Sarasota Herald-Tribune) and praised for her “exceedingly beautiful voice, full of feeling” (Ha’aretz).

Sharon made her Metropolitan Opera debut in November 2018, as the “highly credible and vivacious” (Arthur Kaptainis – Montreal Gazette) Sister Dolcina in Puccini’s Suor Angelica. In March 2019, she performed the renowned Berlioz “Les Nuits D’Été” with the MCO. In May 2019, she sang two concerts in Israel, with Ramat Gan Orchestra and Hebrew University Orchestra. June 2019 marked her debut in the role of Marcellina in Le Nozze Di Figaro of Mozart under the direction of Alexander Shelley at the National Arts Center in Ottawa.

Leading roles with orchestras in Concert and Oratorio works include: the Montreal Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Kent Nagano, Jerusalem Symphony, One World Symphony, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Israel Chamber Orchestra, Haifa Symphony Orchestra, and McGill Chamber Orchestra, Mid America Orchestra, among many others.

Her varied orchestral and sacred work has included Leonard Bernstein’s Kaddish, (narrated by Richard Dreyfuss)  Dan Forrest’s Jubilate Deo with Tracy Resseguie as well as the Gabriel Fauré Requiem in D Minor, Op. 48 with Alex Qian, both of which were performed at Carnegie Hall. Sharon has also sung many world premieres, most notably: Esther Diaries by H. Stafylakis (2014) and Cantata for the Unsung by James M. Stephenson (2016). She sang Santuzza (Cavalleria Rusticana) with Marcello Giordani in Sicily in 2015 and returned to sing Nedda in I Pagliacci with him last summer (2017) with the Bellini Orchestra in Catania, Italy under the direction of Antonio Manuli.

Leading operatic roles have included: Mimi (La Bohème); Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro); Elvira (Don Giovanni); Liu (Turandot); Aida (Aida); Leonora (Il Trovatore); and Adriana Lecouvreur with such Opera Houses as the New Israel Opera, the Canadian Opera Company, L’Opera de Paris à la Bastille, and Sarasota Opera, among others. Of her Laurette in Le Docteur Miracle with L’Opéra Français de New York, Andrew Porter of The New Yorker hailed her as a “mistress of merry inflections, piquant phrasing and pointed words.”

Dr. Sharon Azrieli holds a BA in Art History from Vassar College, an Associate’s Degree in Interior design and Illustration from the Parsons School of Design, an Advanced Certificate in Performance from the Juilliard School, and Masters and Doctorate Degrees in Music from the University of Montréal. She sits on the Boards of the following Philanthropic organizations: The America Israel Cultural Foundation, the McGill Chamber Orchestra, the McCord Museum, the National Arts Centre Youth Education Program, The Opera Cares Foundation, as well as the Azrieli Foundation, and serves as a Director on the Board of The Azrieli Group, in addition to her many diverse business interests. She also publishes the very popular home design magazines: Montreal Home, Toronto Home, and Vancouver Home, which can be seen on the web at www.movatohome.com. She also serves as a judge for the Azrieli Architectural Prize and the Grand Prix du Conseil des Arts de Montréal.

AWARD
Prix Virtuoso, La Petite Maison Des Arts, 2015
WINNER
Jarmila Novotna Competition NY, 2000
Jarmila Novotna Competition RTIVC, 1995
Metropolitan Opera Auditions, 1993

Boca Raton Music Guild Competition, 1990
Canadian Women’s Club Competition, 1990
FINALIST
Luciano Pavarotti Competition, 1991 – 1992
American Opera Auditions, 1990
GRANTS
Metropolitan Opera National Council, 1991 & 199
Francisco Viñas Competition, Spain 1990

Having heard her in Mozart last September, I found that the shift into romantic high gear becomes Azrieli. Her engagingly clear and vibrant voice matched the sentiments -and sentimentality- of the Tchaikovsky songs. Azrieli sang in Russian and rendered the songs with a vocal exuberance.

Ilse Zadrozny — The Montreal Gazette

Partners

Atlanta Bach Chorale
Atlanta Opera
Banff Centre
Cameri Orchestra
Canadian Opera Company
Haifa Symphony

Houston Grand Opera
Israel Chamber Orchestra
Israel Vocal Arts Institute
Jerusalem Symphony
L’Orchestre de L’Isle
L’Opéra de Paris, Bastille

L’Opéra Français de New York
McGill Chamber Orchestra
New West Syphony
Sarasota Opera
Southeastern Savoyards

 

UdeM Choir and Orchestra
Vermont Opera Festival
New Jersey State Opera
Mahler 8th Symphony
The National Orchestra of Canada