Joelle Lamarre (Soprano, Actress, and Playwright)
Joelle Lamarre is delighted to make her debut with New Ballet as a featured soloist in Samuel Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915 at Springloaded 2019. Under the auspices of Chicago Opera Theater, Joelle debuted in Luther Lewis’s showcase of Illustration fall of 2018. She recently presented a work of her own, The Violet Hour; at the University of Notre Dame and the Rochester Fringe Festival (respectively). The Violet Hour explores the career of internationally acclaimed operatic soprano, Leontyne Price. This summer she will debuting at the Fleetwood Jourdaine Theatre in their annual production of Black Voices of Opera. Joelle is also known in New Music for her role in George Lewis’ opera, Afterwords, written to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Association of the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM). She played the lead role in Harriet Tubman, When I Crossed That Line to Freedom with the South Shore Opera Company, earning praise for her performance as one with “guts and remarkable power.” As a guest alum, she played the role of Sister Rose, in Northwestern’s premiere of Dead Man Walking. Joelle joined with Charles Gaines in LA’s RedCAT museum to perform his work, Manifestos 2. With the Lyric Opera of Chicago Joelle debuted as Lady on the Levee in Show Boat and of Lily in Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess. Ms. Lamarre is known for her extensive background in musical theater; those Chicago credits include; her debut as Madame de la Grand Bouche in Beauty and the Beast with the Chicago Shakespeare Theater; Lily in Porgy in Bess with Court Theatre; and Aunt Elizabeth in The Nativity with Goodman Theatre, Congo Square Theatre collaboration; and Universal Studios of Japan. Joelle made her debut with the American Repertory Theater as associate music director for the world premiere musical theater production of The Black Clown. She is a recent 3Arts Make a Wave Awardee. Her other awards include the BRAVO award from the Bel Canto Foundation, the Annemarie Gerts Award from the Musicians Club of Women, and several vocal scholarships from The VOICExperience Foundation. Joelle has her Masters of Music in vocal performance from Northwestern University.