Joan Sobel has sung leading operatic roles with Opera Ontario, Connecticut Opera, New York City Opera Touring Company, Cirque Grüss (Paris), Opera Roanoke and the Artpark Festival to name a few. Joan was awarded "Artist of the Year" in her debut performance with the Syracuse Opera, singing the three heroines in Les Contes d’Hoffmann. Career highlights include her debut at Carnegie Hall as a soloist in the Fauré Requiem with the Mid-America Production Orchestra and singing under the baton of Sir Colin Davis with the New York Philharmonic in Der Freischütz. A proponent of contemporary music, she created several roles, including BELISA in the world premiere of The Love of Don Perlimplin and Belisa in the Garden for the Opera Theatre of Northern Virginia. She was also heard in the United States premiere of John Grace Ranter, directed by Tom O’Horgan in a broadcast performance on National Public Radio.
Joan is a native Virginian and a graduate of the North Carolina School of the Arts. She has studied at the prestigious American Institute of Musical Studies in Austria and was an apprentice with the Sarasota Opera. Joan is currently a cast member of Phantom - The Las Vegas Spectacular. She is an original cast member and proud member of Actors’ Equity Association since 1997.