Joel Sorensen

American tenor Joel Sorensen made his San Francisco Opera debut in 2004 as the Mosquito in Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen and returned as Spoletta in Tosca (2009, 2012). His most recent Company appearances were creating the role of Mr. Pease in Dolores Claiborne and Dr. Caius (Falstaff) this fall. Following his 1994 debut with New York City Opera as Monostatos (Die Zauberflöte) he performed in more than two dozen productions with that company, including Madama Butterfly, Falstaff, Turandot, Salome, Of Mice and Men, La Rondine, Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Il Trittico, Mefistofele, and Mathis der Maler. Other career highlights include Spoletta, Goro, Monostatos, Valzacchi (Der Rosenkavalier), and Andrès, Cochenille, Pitichinaccio, and Frantz (Les Contes d’Hoffmann) at the Metropolitan Opera; Tybalt (Roméo et Juliette), Pang (Turandot), Curley (Of Mice and Men), and Valzacchi at San Diego Opera; Spoletta and Guidobald (Schreker’s Die Gezeichneten) at Los Angeles Opera; Herodes (Salome) at Florentine Opera; Mime (Das Rheingold) with Longborough Festival, UK; and Andres (Wozzeck) with the Landestheater in Salzburg. Sorensen may be seen on DVD in the Metropolitan Opera’s HD Tosca and heard on the EMI world-premiere CD of Weill’s Die Bürgschaft.