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Soprano Julia Bullock has been acclaimed for singing “with a vivid presence, total dramatic involvement, a full, very beautiful voice . . . and real charisma.” (NewYorkArts) Her 2013-2014 season includes the title role in Henry Purcell’s The Indian Queen, directed by Peter Sellars at the Teatro Real in Madrid and at the Perm Opera and Ballet House in Russia; the title role in Jules Massenet's Cendrillon presented by Juilliard Opera; debut recitals in the Young Concert Artists Series in New York at Merkin Hall, and in Washington, DC at the Kennedy Center; and appearances at the Falany Performing Arts Center, Saint Vincent College, the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, and the Marlboro Music Festival. She recently made her San Francisco Symphony debut in West Side Story in Concert, conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas; an album of the concert will be released in 2014.
Last season, Ms. Bullock performed the title role in Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen with the Juilliard Opera, to rave reviews: "Julia Bullock as Sharp Ears, the titular vixen, led the way in terms of clarity of delivery and beauty of sound. Her broad range of expression allowed her to be impetuous and demonstrative . . . then opulent and glorious." (Opera News) She has toured South America as “Pamina” in Peter Brook’s Award-winning A Magic Flute; and toured China, singing with the Bard Music Festival Orchestra. Other opera roles include “Susanna” in Le Nozze di Figaro, “Monica” in The Medium, and the title role in L’Enfant et les sortilèges. Ms. Bullock also sang the role of “Gonzales” in the 2010 premiere of Melissa Dunphy's The Gonzales Cantata with the dissident music project Burning Bayreuth in Annandale, NY; the work is based on the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings of former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.
Ms. Bullock has performed contemporary works at the Ojai Music Festival, and the MUSIC ALIVE! series, curated by composer Joan Tower and pianist Blair McMillen; collaborated with early music ensembles, including the Clarion Music Society; and explored lesser-known repertoire with the American Symphony Orchestra in their performance of Delage’s Quartre Poèmes Hindous. She has also appeared with the New York Festival of Song at the Caramoor Festival, with the Cecilia Chorus and Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, and the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society at the Kimmel Center.
She enjoys the collaborative process with both established and up-and-coming composers. In 2011, she attended SongFest in California as a Stern Fellow, where she worked with pianist Roger Vignoles and composers John Musto and Libby Larsen. Ms. Bullock sang in the Dawn Upshaw/Donnacha Dennehy - Singer/Composer Workshop at Carnegie Hall, premiering pieces written for her by young Chinese composer Shen Yiwen.
Dedicated to presenting literary art song repertoire in context-driven programming, Ms. Bullock has given recitals in Beijing, Dallas, Los Angeles, Malibu, Minnesota, New York, Shanghai, St. Louis and a critically acclaimed William Warfield Scholarship Recital in which Rochester's Democrat and Chronicle remarked: "Those who were drawn in by her haunting voice weren’t just paying her compliments, they were thanking her." Ms. Bullock has sung in master classes with bass/baritone José van Dam at the Opéra Bastille in Paris, and with soprano Jessye Norman at Zankel Hall. She won the 2012 Young Concert Artists International Auditions and was awarded five special prizes: the Alexander Kasza-Kasser Prize, concerts at the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern in Germany, the University of Florida Performing Arts, and with the Albany Symphony and the Sinfonia Gulf Coast. Ms. Bullock holds the Lindemann Vocal Chair of Young Concert Artists.
From 2003 to 2005, Ms. Bullock participated in the Artists-in-Training program with the Opera Theater of St. Louis, and graduated with the prestigious Marielle Hubner Award. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from the Eastman School of Music, and her Master’s degree at Bard College’s Graduate Vocal Arts Program, where she was the first recipient of the Mimi Levitt Scholarship, and won Bard College’s 2010 Concerto Competition. She currently studies at the Juilliard School with Edith Bers.
Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Ms. Bullock integrates her musical life with community activism. She has organized benefit concerts for the Shropshire Music Foundation and International Playground, two non-profits that serve war-affected children and adolescents through music education and performance programs in Kosovo, Northern Ireland, Uganda, and St. Louis.