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, and especially for her portrayals of The Queen of the Night, Konstanze, and Zerbinetta. 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 Zauberflӧte with the Freies Landestheater Bayern at the Gasteig in Munich on January 20th and April 15th of this year. She has previously performed the roles of: Sandmann and Taufee in Hӓnsel & Gretel (Freies Landestheater Bayern), Königin der Nacht, Pamina and Papagena in a children’s adaptation of Die Zauberflӧte (Junge Oper Detmold), Konstanze in Die Entführung aus dem Serail (Theater Lünen & 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 performed in opera 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, as well as with the Lotte Lehmann Akademie where she sang Olympia in Les Contes d'Hoffmann, and also 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 December 2017 in Bad Orb, Germany in a New Year's Gala Concert with Anke Eva Blumenthal in connection with the Opernakademie Bad Orb where she sang arias from Lakme, Candide, Der Vogelhӓndler and Die Zauberflӧte, as well as Duets and Ensembles from Operetta classics like Die Fledermaus, Die Lustige Witwe and Wiener Blut. She performed in 2014 with the Johann-Strauss-Orchester Frankfurt singing arias from Die Fledermaus and 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 a Liederabend with her Duo-Partner and Pianist Clarin Isai Merk and Simon Vater on Clarinet at the Kinikum Rechts der Isar in Munich, performed at a concert held by GEDOK e.V. at The Seidlvilla in September where she sang selected songs of American Composer Gloria Coates, at the end of August in a Masterclass with Thomas Quasthoff and Justus Zeyen at the Schubertiade in Schwarzenberg, Austria, and before that in June at The Seidlvilla once again with her Pianist, Clarin Merk, and at the Richard-Strauss-Festival in Garmisch-Partenkirchen in a Masterclass with Ks. Angelika Kirchschlager and Julian Riem. 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 with Thomas Hampson and Wolfram Rieger. Prior to that in 2016 she performed with her Pianist, Clarin Merk in February at the famous "Asamkirche" in the Ursuline Convent in Straubing, Germany and raised nearly 350 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 a 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, a professional organization for women musicians and composers 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.