Joel Sorensen recently has excelled in the German repertoire in performances worldwide as Andres in Wozzeck, Herod in Salome, and Loge and Mime in Der Ring des Nibelungen. The Independent (London) said, "Joel Sorensen, well known to both New York City and Metropolitan Opera audiences, is a beautifully expressive tenor, gifted at characterization who made Mime rise above caricature to emerge as a surprisingly lyrical, put-upon creature." This season, he returns to the Metropolitan Opera to perform Goro in Madama Butterfly and Spoletta in a new production of Tosca, and he returns to the San Diego Opera to perform First Tempter/First Knight in Pizzetti's Murder in the Cathedral, Beppe in I Pagliacci and Rodriguez in Don Quichotte.
Mr. Sorenson made his Metropolitan Opera debut in 2000 in Samson et Dalila and has returned often to sing a long list of roles, among them M. De Beausset in the MET's epic War and Peace Andres\Cochenille\Pittichinaccio\Frantz in Les Contes d'Hoffmann, Spoletta in Tosca, Monostatos in The Magic Flute, Valzacchi in Der Rosenkavalier and Goro in Madama Butterfly.
Since his 1994 debut with New York City Opera, as Monostatos in The Magic Flute, he has returned to that company for more than 200 appearances in over two dozen productions including Madama Butterfly, Falstaff (Caius and Bardolfo), Attila, the Emmy Award-winning La Traviata, La Rondine, Mefistofele, Il Trittico, Salome, and Of Mice and Men. He has been prominently featured in several new productions including Les Contes d'Hoffmann, Knjaz' Igor, Kinkakuji: The Temple of the Golden Pavilion, The Dreyfus Affair, The Visit of the Old Lady, The Seven Deadly Sins, Haroun and the Sea of Stories (world premiere), and Mathis der Maler.
In demand throughout the United States, Mr. Sorenson has sung with the San Francisco Opera, the Los Angeles Opera, the San Diego Opera, the Atlanta Opera, the Florentine Opera, the Opera Theater of Pittsburgh, and Opera New Jersey, among others.
In concert, he has appeared at Carnegie Hall with Eve Queler's Opera Orchestra of New York as Melot in Tristan und Isolde and Uldino in Attila, at Alice Tully Hall in Les Mamelles de Tirésias with L'opera français de New York, at Avery Fisher Hall with the American Symphony Orchestra in Hindemith's Mörder, Hoffnung der Frauen and Kurt Weill's Der Protagonist, and with the Utah Symphony in Stravinsky's Renard.Mr. Sorensen can be heard on the EMI world-premiere release of Die Bürgschaft conducted by Julius Rudel.