Sharon Azrieli’s magnificent soprano has been heard to great acclaim across the globe, from New York to Tokyo, 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” (Montreal Gazette) Sister Dolcina in Puccini’s Suor Angelica. More recent performances include Berlioz’s Les Nuits d’été with the Orchestre classique de Montréal and Marcellina in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro with the National Arts Centre Orchestra under the baton of Alexander Shelley.
Sharon’s leading operatic roles include Liu in Turandot with the New Israel Opera, Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro with the Canadian Opera Company, and Adriana Lecouvreur in the eponymous opera with L’Opéra national de Paris, among many others. Leading orchestral highlights have included the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal under Kent Nagano, Carnegie Hall with Alex Qian and Tracy Resseguie, and world premieres by Harry Stafylakis and James Stephenson. Favourite works: Bernstein’s Kaddish, Verdi’s Requiem and Dvorak’s Stabat Mater.
Dr. 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 Master’s and Doctorate degrees in Music from Université de Montréal. She sits on the boards of the America Israel Cultural Foundation, the McCord Museum, the National Arts Centre Youth Education Program, and the Opera Cares Foundation, as well as the Azrieli Foundation and the Azrieli Group. She also has served as a judge for the Azrieli Architectural Prize and the Grand Prix of the Conseil des Arts de Montréal.