Julia Bullock, soprano
Soprano Julia Bullock mesmerizes audiences in the new entrancing documentary that brings to life John Adams’ and Peter Sellars’ opera Girls of the Golden West and the Gold Rush era that inspired it.
Julia Bullock was born in St. Louis, Missouri, where she joined the artist-in-training program at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis while in high school. She went on to earn her Bachelor’s degree at the Eastman School of Music, her Master’s degree in Bard College’s Graduate Vocal Arts Program, and her Artist Diploma at New York’s Juilliard School. It was there that she first met her husband, conductor Christian Reif, with whom she now lives in Munich.The Met residency crowned a banner 2018-19 season for Bullock. She gave the world and German premieres of Zauberland at Paris’s Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord and Germany’s Weimar Arts Festival, as well as the world premiere of Terence Blanchard’s Fire Shut Up in My Bones at the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. She also reprised Dame Shirley, the leading role she created in John Adams’s Girls of the Golden West, for the work’s European premiere at Dutch National Opera; opened the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra’s season; and gave a North American recital tour with her frequent piano partner, John Arida, that culminated at Carnegie Hall.
Bullock has recently made several key operatic debuts: at San Francisco Opera in the world premiere of Adams’s Girls of the Golden West, at Santa Fe Opera as Kitty Oppenheimer in Adams’s Doctor Atomic, at Festival d’Aix-en-Provence and Dutch National Opera as Anne Truelove in Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress, and at the English National Opera, Spain’s Teatro Real, and Russia’s Perm Opera House and Bolshoi Theatre in the title role of Purcell’s The Indian Queen. Her wide-ranging repertoire also encompasses the title roles of Massenet’s Cendrillon, Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortilèges, and Jana?ek’s The Cunning Little Vixen. She has also found particular success with her portrayals of two Mozart heroines: Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro and Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, which she has sung on tour in South America under the direction of Peter Brook and in concert with Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
More information can be found on her website.