“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. Looking to the new year, Jonelle will join the Yulanda M. Faris Young Artists Program with Vancouver Opera.
Jonelle is a 2019 Dora Award winner, for outstanding performance of an Ensemble in Vivier’s Kopernikus with Against The Grain Theatre.
This past fall Miss Sills embarked on a ten city tour with Against The Grain Theatre’s La Bohème as Mimì.
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...
On October 8th, the NAC’s Lunch Break, will feature Jonelle as a guest artist from CBC Music’s Classical 30 under 30 list for 2020. Ms. Sills will perform ‘Song to the Moon’ from Dvořák’s Rusalka.
Jonelle is thrilled to announced that she will be joining 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.”
“At Opera InReach we are tearing down the barriers presented in traditional outreach by leaving it within reach beyond the first meeting. We are creating programming true to both the historic roots of opera and an authentically representative new-world view of opera for middle school and high school students…” Jonelle is ecstatic to join Opera InReach as mentor because at its core opera has the power to be revolutionary. She wants people who have been made to feel like an “other” to see and feel that power.
“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.”
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