Joelle Lamarre has been described as a singer of astounding vocal power, known for her extensive background in classical concert works and her talents in musical theater. She made her debut in supporting roles in Show Boat and Porgy and Bess at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. With the American Chamber Opera, she debuted in the role of Cio Cio San in Puccini’s Madame Butterfly. In 2015 she performed in George Lewis’s acclaimed opera Afterword, written to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Association of the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM). In 2017 she wrote and performed in The Violet Hour, a work that explores the career of internationally-acclaimed soprano Leontyne Price and how she rose to prominence during the 1950s and 1960s despite the segregation and discrimination prevalent in America.
In 2016 Joelle completed the operatic work Harriet Tubman, When I Crossed That Line to Freedom with the South Shore Opera Company. In that opera, co-written by Nkeiru Okoye, Joelle played the role of Harriet, earning praise for her performance as one with “guts and remarkable power.” Her awards include the BRAVO award from the Bel Canto Foundation, the Annemarie Gerts Award from the Musicians Club of Women, and several vocal scholarships from The VOICExperience Foundation. She received a Master of Music in vocal performance from Northwestern University.