A native Montrealer, Sharon is a graduate of Vassar College, the Juilliard School, and l’Université de Montréal. She speaks many languages. In 2011, Sharon completed her Doctoral Studies at the Universite de Montreal. The original thesis will be published as the first of its kind to show that the great Giuseppe Verdi used fragments of Jewish prayer modes in his melodies.
Sharon began her career at the Canadian Opera Company as Juliette in Romeo and Juliette in 1992 and sang Mimi in La Boheme, as well, with the young artists program. She went on to sing Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro with the Sarasota Opera where she was acclaimed unanimously by Florence Fisher of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune as “wily yet candid, flirtatious, practical and utterly charming. And her bell-like soprano is always exquisitely in tune […]” She also garnered rave reviews as Laurette in Le Docteur Miracle with L’Opera Francais de New York, and Nedda in Il Pagliacci with the summer New York Opera Festival, and covered Mirella Freni as Adrienne Lecouvreur with L’Opera de Paris a la Bastille.
After the birth of her two sons, Sharon retired from the Operatic Stage and worked full time as a Cantor in New York and Montreal. In 2005, she returned to her first love, the great operas of Verdi, under the tutelage of Bill Schuman in New York and Rosemarie Landry in Montreal.
Bill Schuman, the noted “Vocal Guardian” of such great singers as Aprille Millo and Marcello Giordani, has taken Sharon under his wing, and over the past few years, she has added the great Verdi heroines to her repertoire. Hailed as the next true Verdiana, Sharon has just had the thrill of portraying Aida, the two Leonora’s (La Forza del Destino) and Il Trovatore.
In 2008 Sharon sang Liu (Turandot) with the New Israel Opera, and in 2009 the Mahler 8th Symphony with the National Orchestra of Canada. In 2010 Sharon sang Mozart’s extraordinary and rarely performed K.505 “Ch’io mi scordi di te” and ‘Knoxville Summer of 1915’ by Samuel Barber under the direction of Shalom Bard as well as with the acclaimed Israel Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Eran Herskovitz. In June 2010 she sang Mahler’s 4th Symphony with L’Orchestre de L’Isle under the baton of Christian Gort. Constantly in demand to sing for her community and various fund raisers across Canada, Sharon has added many song cycles by Berlioz, Du Parc, and many sefardic songs to her repertoire.
Sharon’s 2010-2011 seasons began with four concerts for the prestigious Orford Music Festival in Quebec as well as a special concert of “Forbidden Music” for the Brott Music Festival in Hamilton, Ontario. In the same season Sharon sang a series of four concerts with the critically acclaimed Israel Chamber Orchestra in Tel Aviv.
In November 2010, Sharon performed with the widely popular Festivale Sefarad, and in December she returned to the ICO for the world premiere performances of works by living Israeli composers Ofer Ben-Amots and Tzvi Avni. In January 2011, Sharon performed the role of Madame Lidoine, Second Prioress in Les Dialogues des Carmelites by Poulenc under the baton of Sung Jin Hong and the One World Symphony. In April 2011, Sharon performed the role of Aida with the New Jersey Verismo Opera under the direction of Lucine Amara and Maestro Anthony Morss.
Sharon Azrieli Perez has performed many varied works of Sacred Music. Her favorite is the Verdi Requiem, for which she received glowing reviews, with the New West Symphony in Los Angeles under the direction of Boris Brott. She has sung the Soprano Solo in the Stabat Mater of Dvorak under the direction of Jean François Rivest with the Université de Montréal Orchestra and Chorus, the Mass in C Minor by Beethoven, as well as Rossini’s Stabat Mater, both with the Haifa Symphony Orchestra. Sharon has concertized extensively around the world, bringing to life opera arias and a large collection of songs by Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov. Her concerts with other major symphonies include the Jerusalem Symphony, the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, the Israel Cameri Orchestra and the McGill Chamber Orchestra.
Sharon’s 2012-13 seasons began with the Verdi Requiem for the New Jersey State Opera in Ocean Grove, New Jersey. Maestro Trammn described Sharon’s High B flat pianissimo in the Libera me as Breathtaking. In November Sharon will sing an unusual concert with Arabic Music Stars entitled “Fini les duels” as well as a Cantorial Concert with Orchestra for the University of Montreal. Then on December 4th in Montreal’s Rialto Theatre, as well as on December 27th at the 92nd Street Y in New York, Sharon will sing a concert on themes close to her heart; Sefardic Music, Music by Jewish Composers, and the Jewish Opera of Verdi. In February she has been invited to sing duets and arias with acclaimed tenor Marcello Giordani at his gala concert for his young artist’s Foundation.
In May 2013 Sharon will perform Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana for the first time with the New Jersey Opera, and in August she will reprise Aida for the Brott Summer Festival in Ontario, Canada.
A consummate concert and recital artist, Sharon has performed on stages in Europe, North America and Asia. She has performed with the Haifa and Jerusalem Symphonies, the Tokyo Symphony, the McGill chamber Orchestra as well as with many other orchestras. Highlights of her Oratorio concerts have been the Dvorak Stabat Mater with the Orchestre de L’Universite de Montreal, under the direction of Jean-Francois Rivest, and the Verdi Requiem with the New West Symphony under the baton of Boris Brott. Sharon sang her first Mahler 2nd Symphony with the Orchestre de l’Isle under the direction of Cristian Gort,
and is looking forward to performing the Poulenc Gloria with the Ocean Grove Music Festival in September 2013.