About this Artist
American classical singer Julia Bullock “communicates intense, authentic feeling, as if she were singing right from her soul” (Opera News). Combining versatile artistry with a probing intellect and commanding stage presence,she appears on the most preeminent stages across the world. An innovative curator in high demand from a diverse group of arts presenters, museums and schools, her notable positions have included collaborative partner of Esa-Pekka Salonen at the San Francisco Symphony, 2020–22 Artist-in-Residence of London’s Guildhall School, 2019-20 Artist-in-Residence of the San Francisco Symphony, and 2018-19 Artist-in- Residence at New York’s MetropolitanMuseum of Art.
Named a 2021 Artist of the Year by Musical America, who hailed her as an “agent of change,” Julia is also a prominent voice of social consciousness. As Vanity Fair notes, she is “politically engaged” with the “ability to inject each note she sings with a sense of grace and urgency, lending her performances the feel of being both of themoment and incredibly timeless.”
Julia stars in Michel van der Aa’s opera Upload, which had its staged premieres at the Bregenzer Festspiele andDutch National Opera in 2021 and will be taken to New York’s Park Avenue Armory and Cologne Opera in 2022. This season Julia also debuts in the title-role of Theodora at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden opposite Joyce DiDonato. Other key operatic debuts so far include San Francisco Opera in the world premiere of Girls ofthe Golden West, Santa Fe Opera in Doctor Atomic, Festival d’Aix-en-Provence and Dutch National Opera inThe Rake’s Progress, and the English National Opera, Teatro Real Madrid and the Bolshoi Theatre as TheIndian Queen. Julia also appeared in the world premiere of Blanchard’s Fire Shut Up in My Bones in herhometown of St Louis.
In concert, Julia has collaborated with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester (Roderick Cox), London’s Philharmonia Orchestra (Salonen), Los Angeles Philharmonic (Dudamel), San Francisco Symphony (Salonen, Michael TilsonThomas), New York Philharmonic (Alan Gilbert), Boston Symphony Orchestra (Nelsons), Japan’s NHK Symphony(Paavo Järvi) and the London Symphony Orchestra and Berlin Philharmonic’s Karajan Academy with Sir SimonRattle.
Julia’s recital highlights include Carnegie Hall, the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Cal Performances at UCBerkeley, Boston’s Celebrity Series, Washington’s Kennedy Center, and the Mostly Mozart and Ojai Musicfestivals, where she joined Roomful of Teeth and the International Contemporary Ensemble for the worldpremiere of Josephine Baker: A Portrait.
This was the original prototype for Perle Noire: Meditations for Joséphine, a work conceived by Julia in collaboration with Peter Sellars and written for her by Tyshawn Sorey and Claudia Rankine.
Julia’s growing discography includes Doctor Atomic, recorded with composer John Adams conducting the BBC Symphony Orchestra, and West Side Story, captured live with Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony,both of which were Grammy-nominated. She also appears on the soundtrack of Amazon Prime Video’s 2021Underground Railroad composed by Nicholas Britell. Julia was born in St. Louis, Missouri, and holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music, Bard College’s Graduate Vocal Arts Program, and New York’s Juilliard School.