Julia Bullock

Friday April 24, 2015 @ 7:30PM - Stratus Vineyards

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ravishingly visceral
— The New York Times

Winner of the 2014 Naumburg International Vocal Competition, soprano Julia Bullock has been hailed as an “impressive, fast-rising soprano . . . poised for a significant career” (The New York Times).  Her busy 2014-2015 season begins with a performance of Delage’s Quatres poèmes hindous with the Sphinx Symphony Orchestra and a recital at Napa’s Festival del Sole, as well as a return to the Marlboro Music Festival.  She performs recitals and educational outreach programs at the University of Florida Performing Arts, Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center, the Levine School of Music, and Music for Youth, as well as recitals at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, San Francisco Performances, Rockefeller University, the Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts at Pace University, and Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concerts.  She will also be featured in the New York Festival of Song’s "At Harlem’s Height" program on tour and at Merkin Concert Hall, as well as in the Mondavi Center’s Rising Stars of Opera.  She reprises the title role in Henry Purcell’s "The Indian Queen," directed by Peter Sellars at the Perm Opera House and the Diaghilev Festival, and at English National Opera later this season.  She was acclaimed for her performance of the role last season in Perm and at the Teatro Real in Madrid; a DVD of the Madrid production will be available this season.

Ms. Bullock has performed the title role in Massenet’s "Cendrillon" with the Juilliard Opera, as well as Janáček’s "The Cunning Little Vixen," both to rave reviews.  Opera News wrote of the latter, “Julia Bullock as 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.”  Ms. Bullock 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."

She made her San Francisco Symphony debut last season in "West Side Story" in Concert, conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas; an album of the concert was released on the orchestra’s label in June 2014.  The San Francisco Chronicle wrote: “The evening’s most remarkable showstopper, Julia Bullock, appeared out of nowhere to deliver a full-voiced stunningly paced account of ‘Somewhere’—for just a moment, it seemed as though nothing Bernstein ever wrote was quite as magical as that one song.”

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 a performance of Delage’s Quartre poèmes hindous.  She has also appeared with the New York Festival of Song at Caramoor, 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 has sung in master classes with bass-baritone Eric Owens at Juilliard, soprano Jessye Norman at Zankel Hall, and José van Dam at Opera Bastille in Paris.  She also performed in the Dawn Upshaw / Donnacha Dennehy Workshop at Carnegie Hall, premiering pieces written for her by young Chinese composer Shen Yiwen.

Winner of the 2012 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, Ms. Bullock made her recital debuts at Merkin Concert Hall and the Kennedy Center to critical acclaim.  At the Auditions, she was also the recipient of 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.  She holds the Lindemann Vocal Chair of Young Concert Artists.  Her management is also supported by the Barbara Forester Austin Fund for Art Song.

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 is currently pursuing an Artist Diploma at The Juilliard School, working 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.  She also participated in the Music and Medicine Benefit Concert for New York’s Weill Medical Center. 

Bullock doesn’t just sing to her audience. She connects with it.
— Democrat and Chronicle
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