About Sharon Azrieli

The richness of Sharon Azrieli’s soprano Falcon, appeals to critics and audiences worldwide, from New York to Tokyo, to Tel Aviv and her native city of Montreal. From her first role as Juliette (Roméo et Juliette) to her recent renditions of Verdi’s heroines, Azrieli has been judged “quite charming” (Sarasota Herald Tribune) and praised “for her absolutely beautiful voice, full of emotion” (Ha’aretz). 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.”

Recently, she sang Marcellina under the baton of Alexander Shelley at the National Arts Center in Ottawa and featured concerts in her home province during the months of June and July 2019. In March, she sang Les Nuits D’été with l’Orchestre Classique de Montréal (OCM). She made her debut at the Metropolitan Opera in November 2018 as Suor Dolcina in Suor Angelica.

Upcoming, she will reprise the role of Liu (Turandot) with Festival di Torre de Lago and Opera Carolina in Siracusa, and in Taormina, in July and August 2019. In September 2019, she will sing in Polin and in Prague with their National Orchestras, and in November with the Orchestra of Ramat Gan d’Israel. In 2020, she will sing with the OCM and Matt Herskowitz in Montreal, and she cannot wait to record her second Broadway album with renowned composer Frank Wildhorn!

Her key roles have included Mimi (La Boheme) for the Canadian Opera Company, Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro) with Sarasota Opera, Nedda (I Pagliacci) at the New York Opera Festival and with Marcelo Giordani in his festival in Sicily, Elvira (Don Giovanni) with the Vermont Opera Festival, and Liu (Turandot) with the New Israel Opera and with Marcello Giordani in his festival in Sicily, among others. She has had the great honor of being the cover of Mirella Freni (Adrienne Lecouvreur) at the Opéra de Paris à la Bastille.

Discography: Sharon Azrieli sings Broadway (2019, Time Warner), New Jewish Music (2018, Analekta), Great French Arias of the 19th Century (2017, Time Warner), Doctor Zhivago (2015, Broadway Recods), Friday Night Live at Temple Emanu El (2011, Spotify), A Few Of My Favourite Sings (2008, Spotify)

Recipient of several awards including the Order of Quebec in 2019, Sharon has been honored by the Apollo Agency and by the Petite Maison des Arts for her artistic and cultural contribution to the city of Montreal. While a student, she won a study grant and was a regional finalist of the Metropolitan Opera competition, a winner of the Pavarotti competition, and the first prize of the Jarmilla Novotna competition.

Sharon is a graduate of Vassar College (BA), Parsons School of Design (Assoc.), Juilliard School (Adv. Cert.) and the University of Montreal (MM and D. Mus.). She is fluent in French, Italian, Hebrew and Spanish.

Among the philanthropic works to which she devotes herself to, she was the President of the OCM for seven years, and remains their Honorary President, having created a permanent endowment for the orchestra. She has created The Opera Cares Foundation and serves on the boards of charitable organizations that support children and support education and music as an accessible art form.

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