On wings of song...
The American Coloratura Soprano Julia Katherine Walsh has garnered critical acclaim in Opera, Concert and Recital performances throughout Germany and the USA. She is best known for her interpretations of the works of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Richard Strauss and 20th Century American composers, as well as her portrayals of Zerbinetta, The Queen of the Night, and Konstanze. Her incisive and believable characterization, combined with a brilliant and agile instrument, allow Julia to deliver performances which delight both audiences and critics alike.
On the Opera stage she is eagerly anticipating her upcoming performances as The Queen of the Night in Mozart's Die Zauberfloete with the Freies Landestheater Bayern at the Gasteig in Munich in November of this year, and in January and April 2018 and as the Sandman and Dewfairy in Humperdinck's Haensel & Gretel with the same company in December of this year. She has previously performed the roles of: The Queen of the Night (Junge Oper Detmold), Konstanze in Die Entführung aus dem Serail (Theater Luenen & Oper Schloss Laubach), Rosine in Der Barbier von Sevilla (Opernakademie Bad Orb), Dido in Dido and Aeneas (Center City Opera Theater), Papagena in The Magic Flute (Center City Opera Theater), Oscar in Un Ballo in Maschera (Center City Opera Theater), Just Jeanette in the New York Premiere of Too Many Sopranos (Hunter College), Diana in Orpheus in the Underworld (Bronx Opera Company), Ines in Les Bavards (Intermezzo), Najade in Ariadne auf Naxos (Intermezzo) and Barbarina in Le Nozze di Figaro (Brevard Music Center). She has also covered the roles of Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady (Ash Lawn Opera) and Adina in L'elisir d'amore (Center City Opera Theater). Julia has also performed in scenes with Joan Dornemann's International Vocal Arts Institute where she sung Gilda in Rigoletto, Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos, Königin der Nacht in Die Zauberflöte, Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier, Adina in L'Elisir d'Amore, Madamoiselle Silberklang in Der Schauspieldirektor, and Adele in Die Fledermaus, with the Lotte Lehmann Akademie where she sang Olympia in Les Contes d'Hoffmann, and with the New York Lyric Opera Theater, where she sang Gilda in Rigoletto as an Artist-In-Residence.
On the Concert stage Julia performed in 2014 with the Frankfurter Sinfoniker (Johann-Strauss-Orchester Frankfurt) singing arias from Die Fledermaus and various Viennese Songs from Johann Strauss in three concerts in the Frankfurt Metropolitan Area. In 2008 Julia was a Soloist with the Hunter College Choir and Symphony in Haydn's Paukenmesse, and at Radio City Music Hall where she sang the National Anthem on behalf of Hunter College. In 2006 she was a Soloist with The Reading Choral Society and Reading Symphony Orchestra in Faure's Requiem and Mozart's Vesperae solennes de confessore.
As a Recitalist in 2017, Julia sang June 17th at The Seidlvilla with her Pianist, Clarin Merk, at the Richard-Strauss-Festival in Garmisch-Partenkirchen in the final week of June in a Masterclass with Ks. Angelika Kirchschlager, and at the end of August she'll be singing in another Masterclass, this time with Thomas Quasthoff and Justus Zeyen at the Schubertiade in Schwarzenberg, Austria. Then on November 30th she'll be singing a Liederabend at the Klinikum Rechts der Isar in Munich. Last Summer she was honored to be invited for the first time to the Schubertiade in Hohenems, Austria, one of Europe's most prestigious Art Song Festivals, to sing in a Masterclass taught by Thomas Hampson and Wolfram Rieger. In 2016 she performed in February, together with her Pianist, Clarin Merk, at the famous "Asamkirche" in the Ursuline Convent in Straubing, Germany and raised 340 Euros to benefit two good causes: a local music school and the Convent's Foundation to help students in need. She and Ms. Merk also performed that year in May at The Seidlvilla in Munich, and in October at the Klinikum Rechts der Isar, as part of their Seelsorge Concert Series. In December she sang with Julia Chalfin and Sophie Raynaud in Ms. Chalfin's 'Opernstammtisch' at the Schlachthof in Munich, and a few weeks later, a Christmas Eve concert in Allentown, Pennsylvania at St. Timothy's Lutheran Church. In 2014 she was chosen as one of 5 participants in the Masterclass with famous Mezzo-Soprano Brigitte-Fassbaender at the Richard Strauss Festival in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, where she performed several of Strauss's Lieder and Zerbinetta's Aria from his Opera, Ariadne auf Naxos, to great acclaim. In 2013, Julia worked closely with Ingeborg Hallstein, another legendary singer, while she took part in a Masterclass that Hallstein gave on 'The Style of Operetta', at Schloss Henfenfeld. Julia sung the famous 'Schwips-Lied' in the final concert there and received thunderous applause.
Competitively, Julia was a 2012 Semi-Finalist in The American Prize's "Chicago Opera Award" category, and a Finalist in their "Opera (Women)" category, an Encouragement Winner in the 2010 CareerBridges Competition, Finalist in the 2009 Thursday Musical Young Artist Competition, the 2010 Kennett Symphony of Chester County's Young Artist Competition, and a Semi-Finalist in the 2009 Orpheus Vocal Competition, 2010 North East Regional Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in New Haven, Connecticut, and the Joy In Singing auditions in New York City. Julia was also the winner of the 2006 Reading Choral Society's Young Artist Competition.
Julia is very grateful to have received grants, scholarships and in-kind donations from The Joyce Dutka Foundation for the Arts, The Berks County Community Foundation, Joan Dornemann's International Vocal Arts Institute, CareerBridges, The Reading Musical Foundation, The Reading Choral Society, The Lotte Lehmann Akademie, The Brevard Music Center, Westminster Choir College, The National Association of Teachers of Singing, Hunter College of The City University of New York, the American Association of University Women, the P.E.O. Women's Club, Musikschule Norbert Kalina, Timothy Montgomery and the late Marianne DeMarco. Julia was also a performing member of the Professional Women Singers Association of New York City from 2009 until 2013 and is a current member of musica femina muenchen and GEDOK Muenchen, both professional organizations for women musicians in Munich, Germany.
An alumna of The Berks Classical Children's Chorus in Reading, Pennsylvania (now the Berks Youth Chorus), where she developed her love of singing, Julia went on to receive her Bachelor's Degree in Voice Performance from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey and her Master's Degree in Voice Performance from Hunter College in New York City.