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 Montreal. From her debut as Juliette (Roméo et Juliette) with the Canadian Opera Company to recent portrayals as 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).
Leading operatic roles have included: Mimi (La Bohème); Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro); Elvira (Don Giovanni); Liu (Turandot); Aida (Aida); Leonora (Il Trovatore) 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.”
Her varied orchestral and sacred work has included 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 (summer 2017) with the Bellini Orchestra in Catania, Italy under the direction of Antonio Manuli.
Leading Solo roles with orchestras in Concert and Oratorio works include: the Montreal Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Kent Nagano (October 2016, Mahler’s Rückert-Lieder), the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra (Leonard Bernstein’s Kaddish with narrator Richard Dreyfuss and conductor Stephen Mercurio; Songfest), the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, the Israel Chamber Orchestra (Kurt Weill’s Ofrah’s Leider), the Haifa Symphony Orchestra (Rossini’s Stabat Mater and Beethoven’s Mass in C Minor ), and the McGill Chamber Orchestra (Mozart concert arias under the baton of Alexander Brott, Mozart K. 505, Ravel’s Deux Mélodies Hébraïques, among others) with Boris Brott, among many others.