Julia Bullock, soprano
Soprano Julia Bullock’s versatile artistry was recently recognized with her appointment as 2018-19 Artist in Residence for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s MetLiveArts Series in New York. Is it possible to provide a voice for stories that have been made silent? That’s a question this intellectual powerhouse ponders as she crafts a season of thought-provoking and transcendent performances. This “exceptional singer of the new generation” (The New York Times), hailed as “opulent and glorious” by Opera News, adds her voice—both the rich, resonant soprano that’s been garnering raves around the world, and the voice of social consciousness and activism that she considers fundamental to her role as artist—to The Met. Julia Bullock has created five programs that will be presented throughout the season, which includes collaborations with renowned guest performers and draws on the lives, legacies, and words of Josephine Baker, Langston Hughes, and Thornton Dial among others.
Equally at home with opera and concert repertoire, soprano Julia Bullock captivates audiences with her commanding stage presence. She launched the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s 2017-2018 season, joining Andris Nelsons in its Bernstein Gala, has performed numerous times with the Los Angeles Philharmonic conducted by Gustavo Dudamel, and has appeared with the London Symphony Orchestra and Simon Rattle, New York Philharmonic and Alan Gilbert, San Francisco Symphony conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas, Baltimore Symphony conducted by Marin Alsop, NHK Orchestra in Tokyo led by Paavo Järvi, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra Academy, IRIS Orchestra, New World Symphony, and New York Youth Symphony at Carnegie Hall. This season, she appears with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and at the Buffalo Chamber Music Society, Vancouver Recital Society, Mary Baldwin University and Chamber Music Society of Palm Beach.
In recital, Julia Bullock performed a sold-out concert at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall, and has appeared at Merkin Concert Hall, Library of Congress, National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, Celebrity Series of Boston, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Cal Performances Berkeley, University of California Santa Barbara Arts & Lectures, and Spivey Hall amongst numerous others.
Julia Bullock recently debuted with the San Francisco Opera in the world premiere of Girls of the Golden West composed by John Adams to a libretto by Peter Sellars, Santa Fe Opera as Kitty Oppenheimer in a new Peter Sellars production of Adams’ Doctor Atomic, and Dutch National Opera. She performed the title role in Purcell’s The Indian Queen at the Bolshoi and the English National Operas, and toured South America as Pamina in Peter Brook’s award-winning A Magic Flute. Other opera roles include Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, Monica in The Medium, and the title roles in Cendrillon, The Cunning Little Vixen, and L’Enfant et les Sortilèges.
Ms. Bullock’s contextually-driven recital and educational outreach programs have taken her across the United States to venues including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concerts and the National Museum of Women in the Arts. She has appeared numerous times with the New York Festival of Song and Caramoor, as well as at the Ojai Music Festival. She premiered a work by Jonathan Berger with The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, collaborates with the International Contemporary Ensemble, and has participated in master classes with bass-baritone José van Dam, soprano Jessye Norman, bass-baritone Eric Owens, and soprano Dawn Upshaw.
Ms. Bullock’s accolades include a 2016 Sphinx Foundation Medal of Excellence, a 2015 Leonore Annenberg Arts Fellowship, the 2015 Richard F. Gold Grant from the Shoshana Foundation, Lincoln Center’s 2015 Martin E. Segal Award, First Prize at the 2014 Naumburg International Vocal Competition, and First Prize at the 2012 Young Concert Artists International Auditions. She was chosen to participate in the Artists-in-Training program with the Opera Theater of St. Louis, holds the Lindemann Vocal Chair of Young Concert Artists, and her management has been supported by the Barbara Forester Austin Fund for Art Song. Julia Bullock holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music and Bard Graduate Vocal Arts Program, and she earned an Artist’s Diploma from The Juilliard School in 2015.
Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Ms. Bullock integrates her musical life with community activism. She has organized and participated in benefit concerts in support of the FSH Society, the Music and Medicine Initiative for New York’s Weill Medical Center, and the Shropshire Music Foundation, a non-profit that serves war-affected children and adolescents through music education and performance programs in Kosovo, Northern Ireland, and Uganda.
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