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 is currently 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.” 

Upcoming & Exciting...

Ms. Sills is currently a member of the Yulanda M. Faris Young Artists program at Vancouver Opera’s digital Season Reimagined for the Screen. See her in The Music shop and  Carmen: Up Close and Personal now. 

Review Vancouver states:  “Soprano Jonelle Sills…is portrayed with guile and sensitivity. Ms. Sills demonstrates her characters vulnerability in her emotional solo aria Je dis que rien ne m’epouvante, as she prays for courage.”

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Photo: Mike Southworth

As a mentor with Opera InReach, Jonelle participated in their ARIA CHALLENGE! Follow Jonelle, Luka, Taryn & Daevyd as they try to learn and memorize a new aria in two weeks. 

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 is thrilled to announce that she has joined the roster of Dean Artists Management.

“Dean Artists Management brings over twenty years of excellence and expertise to the management of classically trained singers, conductors, opera directors, and choreographers.

Committed to integrity and personal attention, the size and structure of our agency enables us to remain responsive to our clients’ needs, while sustaining successful relationships with producers in North America and abroad.”

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

“The pandemic has reminded me that there has to be a bigger purpose for my singing. I am shifting to centre my goals around my community, my faith and my family. They don’t pay as much, but they definitely give me the strength and hope to keep singing until the institutions that we love open again.”

See full article here.

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