Voice & Acting Teacher - Career Consultant - Diction Coach
Internationally renowned operatic soprano Joyce El-Khoury has an acclaimed reputation for bringing newly discovered/rarely performed works to life, most recently with the world premieres of Donizetti’s L’Ange de Nisida (Royal Opera House (ROH)) and Franz Liszt’s Sardanapalo (Weimar Staatskapelle) – both captured and released internationally to great acclaim. Additionally, Ms. El-Khoury's discography includes two more rare Donizetti operas (Les Martyrs and Belisario) and a Juno-nominated solo disc, 'Écho' with The Hallé conducted by Carlo Rizzi - all on the Opera Rara label.
Throughout her career Joyce has learned that a true creative can not look for shortcuts in their artistic journey. While it may be tempting to skip steps for quick results, a technique built on an unstable foundation will ultimately collapse.
Joyce's core philosophy when approaching vocal technique is treating the art of bel canto as a journey rather than a destination. Not only must a singer find the most efficient and beautiful way to sing a phrase, but also find the thread with which the emotion is woven; not one note, word, or phrase can be taken for granted in any type of repertoire. The only things that vary with each different role are the combinations of notes, rhythms, and text.
Born in Lebanon and brought up in Canada, Ms. El-Khoury earned her Bachelor of Music at the University of Ottawa. She received her Artist Diploma from the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia, and is a graduate of the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program. She is a First Prize winner in many competitions including: the Loren L. Zachary Competition, the Opera Index Competition, the George London Foundation, and the Mario Lanza Vocal Competition.
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Joyce considers it a privilege to share with young singers how to find their truth in a character and how to share that with an audience in a way that will make their performance memorable.
The most gratifying aspect of pursuing a career as a singer is standing on a stage and sharing with an audience something which somehow feels extremely private and personal. Performing is not exclusively a showcase of years of vocal training but also as a means through which the artist can express their own life experiences.
Emotional connectivity is the ultimate goal in performance and the characters we play as performers invite us to examine the human condition.
It is the job of the artist to find themself in each character they bring to life.
Learn from Joyce how to unite music and characterization in ways that meaningfully engage audiences.