Joel Sorensen

(Canton, Ohio)

2016–17 Season: L'Incredibile in Andrea Chénier and Vitek in The Makropulos Case

2017–18 Season: Pong in Turandot

Appearing during the 2015–16 Season as Balthasar Zorn in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg and Le Médecin in Debussy's La Chute de la Maison Usher, American tenor Joel Sorensen made his San Francisco Opera debut in 2004 as the Mosquito in Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen, returning as Spoletta in Tosca, Dr. Caius in Falstaff, and creating the role of Mr. Pease in the 2013 world premiere of Dolores Claiborne. He appeared as Elder Hayes in last fall’s Susannah and created the role of Sciortino in 2015's world premiere of Two Women. During his long association with New York City Opera he performed in more than two dozen productions, including Prince Igor, Falstaff, La Rondine, Il Trittico, Mefistofele, and Mathis der Maler.Other career highlights include Goro (Madama Butterfly), Monostatos (Die Zauberflöte) and Andrès, Cochenille, Pitichinaccio, and Frantz in Les Contes d’Hoffmann at the Metropolitan Opera; Don Curzio (Le Nozze di Figaro) and Wilhelm (The Ghosts of Versailles) at Los Angeles Opera; Mime (Das Rheingold) with Longborough Festival, UK; and Andres (Wozzeck) with the Landestheater in Salzburg.