© 2018 by Joelle Lamarre.

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“You're a wonderful artist -- you sing beautifully, with great heart, clarity and intent - and I'm greatly honored that you performed the role. I hope to hear you sing in person one day soon - and that everything is going well for you. “

      -Jake Heggie,

Opera News, "Joelle Lamarre's soprano has a glorious lyrical bloom that allows her to explore realms of the imagination that lie beyond the everyday."

Financial Times reviewed, “Lamarre impressively balancing urgency against tonal clarity.” 







LA Times listing Joelle Lamarre as a, “compelling singer.”


Joelle Lamarre, a 3Arts Make A Wave Awardee,  has been described as a singer of astounding vocal power with a range that almost “defies classification and exhibits true spinto quality”.  Listeners have raved about her intelligence as an artist and her emotional connection with her audiences as an actress. 

She is currently a part of the Freedom Ride cast at Chicago Opera Theater.  Later this spring she will presenting Stanley Friedman, Sojourner Truth Cantata and John Bilotta - TRIFLES with Thompson Street Opera Company. 

This past (2019) fall, Joelle was seen celebrating South Shore Opera's 10th Anniversary. She also joined the Chicago Humanities Festival concert Power Couples where she joined, " Rob Lindley and Doug Peck to celebrate a full decade of their producing the Flory Concert as they bring to life famous duets by artists such as Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong, Judy Garland & Barbra Streisand, Diana Ross & Lionel Richie, Aretha Franklin & Annie Lennox, and many more."


This past (2019) summer, Joelle Lamarre made her debut in California.  She joined Long Beach Opera in the world premiere of Anthony Davis, Central Park Five. The Singerprenuer reviewed, "... with Joelle Lamarre expertly lending her exquisite soprano to play mother to two of the boys, as well as singing the role of the crime’s victim from offstage."

Joelle Lamarre was seen with the outdoor setting of the musical, Kiss me Kate as Hattie with the Culver City Symphony Orchestra.  Joelle Lamarre ended her summer by joining forces with Daniel Schlosberg and the Fleetwood-Jourdain Theater's Concert series, where she gave a recital featuring Faure and songs from living black female composers.

Joelle made her debut, under the auspices of Chicago Opera Theater, in Luther Lewis’s showcase of Illustration 2018.

September 11 and 14, 2018, she presented again a work of her own, The Violet Hour, at the University of Notre Dame and the Rochester Fringe Festival (respectively). 

In August 2018 Joelle made her debut with the American Repertory Theater as associate music director.  The Black Clown, was a world premiere musical theater production developed at the A.R.T.  She joined this group again as Associate Musical Director, in the summer of 2019 at the Lincoln Center's Mozart Festival.

In 2017, Joelle joined George Lewis and Sean Griffin at the Ojai 2017 Summer Festival.  She has worked with George Lewis, a Guggenheim Fellowship winner in his new opera Afterword: The AACM once before.  Afterword, an opera developed with Sean Griffin and Catherine Sullivan, constitutes an aesthetic extension of George E. Lewis’s 2008 book, A Power Stronger Than Itself: The AACM and American Experimental Music (University of Chicago Press). 


Opera News reviewed, "Joelle Lamarre's soprano has a glorious lyrical bloom that allows her to explore realms of the imagination that lie beyond the everyday."


Financial Times reviewed, “Lamarre impressively balancing urgency against tonal clarity.” 


LA Times listing Joelle Lamarre as a, “compelling singer.”

On February 26, 2017 Joelle presented a work of her own, The Violet Hour.  The Violet Hour explores the career of internationally acclaimed soprano Leontyne Price and how she rose to prominence during the 50’s into the 60’s, despite the segregation and discrimination which was prevalent in America. The Violet Hour traces Ms. Price’s journey from the beginning of her career up to her final performance of the opera Aida at the Metropolitan Opera House in 1985.  Through the ingenious use of projections and voice, Ms. Lamarre portrays the life of Ms. Leontyne Price, a true iconic American.  This was directed by Amy Hutchinson.

In October 2016, Joelle completed a work on a new opera, “Harriet Tubman, When I Crossed That Line to Freedom” with South Shore Opera Company. This opera, written by Nkeiru Okoye, tells the story of Harriet Tubman, who, a century-and-a-half ago, escaped from slavery and led others to freedom. Joelle played the role of Harriet and her performance was lauded as one with “guts and remarkable power”.

In December of 2015, Joelle Lamarre had the opportunity to work with Charles Gaines Manifestos 2, a musical arrangement by director and composer Sean Griffin of Opera Povera. Gaines devised musical translations of four influential speeches using a conceptual rule-based musical notation system. The score is based on: Malcolm X’s last public speech made in 1965 in Detroit’s Ford Auditorium; Peace, Power, Righteousness: An Indigenous Manifesto (1999) by Canadian Mohawk scholar and activist Taiaiake Alfred; Raúl Alcaraz and Daniel Carrillo’s Indocumentalismo Manifesto, an Emerging Socio-Political Ideological Identity (2010); and Olympe DeGouges’s 1791 Declaration of the Rights of Woman and the Female Citizen. Manifesto recently had a CD release.

NY Times Review

“…impressive vocal soloist(s).”

She began her 2015 season as a guest alum artist with Northwestern University; playing the role of Sister Rose, in their Chicago premiere of Dead Man Walking. In April 2014, she made her first appearance as Sister Rose in a concert production of Dead Man Walking with DePaul University.   Dead Man Walking is an opera in two acts by composer Jake Heggie and librettist Terrence McNally. It is based on the narrative book by Sister Helen Prejean, it tells the journey of a Louisiana nun who becomes the spiritual advisor to a convicted murderer on Angola’s death row (Bent Pen Music).

Chicago Tribune Review

“Joelle Lamarre excelled as Sister Rose, Helen's close friend and co-worker,”

Chicago Classical Review

“Joelle Lamarre offered a powerful soprano as Helen’s friend and colleague, Sister Rose.”

Jake Heggie personally stated, “You're a wonderful artist -- you sing beautifully, with great heart, clarity and intent - and I'm greatly honored that you performed the role.”

She’s made her debut as Lady on the Levee in Show Boat and covered the role of Lily in Porgy and Bess both with the Lyric Opera of Chicago.  With the American Chamber Opera, she debuted as Cio Cio San in Puccini’s, Madame Butterfly.  Here Joelle was able to shine in this unique take on this production being set in Mubasa, Kenya. Joelle has appeared in South Shore Opera Company’s October 2013 production of Troubled Island as Celeste.

Ms. Lamarre is known for her extensive background in classical concert works and her talents in musical theater.  Other 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.   In 2009, 2010, 2012, and 2013 she participated in South Shore Opera Company Concert Series.  Solo concert works include; Duke Ellington Sacred Concert, Mozart’s Requiem, Haydn’s Missa Sancti Nicolai, Schubert’s Mass in G, and Handel's Messiah.

Chicago Theater Beat Review

Joelle Lamarre gives a feisty wardrobe an operatic charm.” Beauty and the Beast

Daily Herald Review

“That sumptuous song, which finds strawberry seller LaMarre offering fruit to audience members, …”

“…kudos to … Joelle LaMarre, whose gorgeous voice gets an all-too-brief showcase during the exquisite street vendors' serenade.”

Splash Magazine Review

“When Joelle Lamarre (Lily) peddles her wares as the strawberry woman, she bestows samples of the sparkling berries to a couple of audience members as she sings her luscious lullaby, literally touching an audience that is already deeply engaged.”

Chicago Magazine Review

“The year-old company provides a stage for local African American talent, such as the Northwestern graduate Joelle Lamarre, whose voice Lynn describes as a “young Leontyne Price.”

International touring credits include Serena in Porgy and Bess (New York Harlem Productions). In 2006 she appeared in several shows at Universal Studios of Japan in Osaka, including the Blues Brothers and White Christmas Carol.

Her awards include the BRAVO award from Bel Canto Foundation, the ANNAMARIE GERTS AWARD from the Musicians Club of Women and several vocal scholarships for VoicExperience. She received a MM in vocal performance from Northwestern University, where she created the role of Flora in T. J. Anderson’s Slipknot.