Jonelle Sills

“Sills is the kind of talent that rarely comes along…Jonelle Sills is a thrill.”

Stephan Bonfield, Ludwig Van Toronto 

Ms. Sills is one of Canada’s 30 hot classical musicians under 30 for 2020 by CBC Music.  Jonelle will return to Vancouver in 2022  as a member of the Yulanda M. Faris Young Artists Program with Vancouver Opera. 

In the fall of 2020 Miss Sills made her debut with the National Arts Centre Orchestra singing Samuel Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915 and Carlos Simon’s Portrait of a Queen with text by Courtney Ware Lett.

Jonelle is a 2019 Dora Award winner, for outstanding performance of an Ensemble in Vivier’s  Kopernikus with Against The Grain Theatre.

Past highlights include the roles of Esther in Paola Prestini’s Silent Light with the Banff Centre. Soprano in Vivier’s Kopernikus which Greg Finney of Schmopera  stated “The most intriguing singing for me of the evening came from soprano Jonelle Sills. Sills manages to keep her warm, full, elastic tone intact while managing such difficult music.” 

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Ottawa Chamberfest

 “Sills… from the first rapturous duet, Schumann’s “In der Nacht”, she came out in Olympian form, with an especially thrilling, free, spinny top range. She sounded even more glorious live than she had in the livestream—there’s an electric, dimensional energy to her voice and performance that is impossible to glean through a laptop screen.” (Natasha Gauthier, Opera Canada)

Read full review here

Photo: Alex Vlad

Arias ~ Canadian Voices of Opera

Jonelle Sills, Soprano
Featured in exhibition / documentary Arias ~ Canadian Voices of Opera.

This exhibition features 14 rising Canadian opera singers. Arias is celebrating their artistry through this “virtual” exhibition with both still photographs and filmed conversations.

See the full documentary here

Photographer V. Tony Hauser
Director Celine Chiturai
Producer Cierra Wieja
Cinematographer & Lead Editor Nicolas Lehmann
Editor Sean Weinerman

Jonelle made her debut with the National Arts Centre Orchestra on Saturday October 31st, 2020.

Ms. Sills sang Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915 and narrated Carlos Simon’s Portrait of a Queen

 Watch recorded livestream here!   

Photo: Fred Cattroll

Jonelle was named one of Canada’s 30 hot Canadian classical musicians under 30 by CBC Music for 2020.  See full article here.