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Vocal Arts DC
PO Box 42423
Washington DC 20015




Julia Bullock

Monday Evening, April 18, 2016, at 7:00
Terrace Theater

Renate Rohlfing, piano

Soprano Julia Bullock has been hailed as an "impressive, fast-rising soprano... poised for a significant career" (The New York Times). Equally at home with opera and concert repertoire, she has captivated audiences with her versatile artistry and commanding stage presence. This season she appears with the New World Symphony, the Orchestra of St. Luke's at Alice Tully Hall, the Mobile Symphony and Sinfonia Gulf Coast, as well as in recitals at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Kennedy Center, to name a few. In November, she sang the lead role in the Berlin Philharmonic's Orchestra Academy performance of Saariaho's La passion de Simone, directed by Peter Sellars, which she reprises at the Ojai Festival in June.

Earlier this year, she appeared as soloist with the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sir Simon Rattle. In summer 2015, Ms. Bullock made her debut with the New York Philharmonic, performing Bernstein's West Side Story Concert Suite No. 1 with Alan Gilbert in New York City parks, at Bravo! Vail and in Santa Barbara. She made her San Francisco Symphony debut 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."

She performed the title role in Henry Purcell's The Indian Queen at the Perm Opera House, Teatro Real, and the English National Opera. Ms. Bullock has toured South America as Pamina in Peter Brook's award-winning A Magic Flute. Other opera roles include Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, Monica in The Medium, and the title role in L'Enfant et les Sortilèges, as well as the title roles in the Juilliard Opera productions of Massenet's Cendrillon and Janáček's The Cunning Little Vixen, to rave reviews.

Ms. Bullock's accolades include a 2016 Sphinx Foundation Medal of Excellence, a 2015 Leonore Annenberg Arts Fellowship, the 2015 Richard F. Gold Grant from the Shoshana Foundation, Lincoln Center's 2015 Martin E. Segal Award, First Prize at the 2014 Naumburg International Vocal Competition, and First Prize at the 2012 Young Concert Artists International Auditions.

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. She received her Artist Diploma from the Juilliard School.

Pianist Renate Rohlfing has established herself as a highly sought-after and versatile collaborative pianist. Active as a vocal accompanist, chamber musician, and orchestral pianist, she has performed with some of the world's leading artists, including James Conlon, Anna Netrebko, Frederica von Stade, Alan Gilbert, and John Adams, among many others.

Ms. Rohlfing began her 2014/15 season at the Spoleto Festival USA, where she served on the music staff, performed chamber music concerts and as orchestral pianist. Subsequently she was pianist and coach for Jake Heggie's workshop of his new opera Great Scott. In its second season, her acclaimed piano trio LONGLEASH performs live on Kentucky's WUOL radio followed by performances in Norway and around the Tri-State area. Upcoming engagements include Liederabende in Switzerland with baritone Samuel Hasselhorn, recitals and master classes with soprano Sarah Wolfson, an appearance at the Marilyn Horne Song Celebration in Carnegie Hall with mezzo-soprano Cecelia Hall, and concerts as Artist-in-Residence at PianoSonoma with LONGLEASH. Last season she made her debut at the Cincinnati May Festival, as well as embarking on a recital tour with soprano Julia Bullock, with debut recitals at the Kennedy Center and Merkin Hall. She returned, in 2014, to the Ravinia Festival to her fourth season as a resident pianist in the Steans Music Institute. In 2011, she was a pianist-in-residence for Marilyn Horne's The Song Continues... series at Carnegie Hall. She has performed with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and with members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Future projects include a tour of Scandinavia with her piano trio, music director for the short film PoetLove, and performances at Bay Chamber Concerts music festival. She has served on the vocal coaching staff of Bard College and Westminster Choir College. Ms. Rohlfing is a native of Honolulu, Hawaii, and a graduate of the Juilliard School. For more information, visit

"I found myself tearing up during soprano Julia Bullock's recital...It happened when she started singing in a luminous full voice, round and shining and shifting and elusive as a ball of mercury, simply because the sound she was making was so beautiful. But this wasn't the sound of a singer who is focused only on beauty: This sound was beautiful because it meant something."

Anne Midgette, The Washington Post

Photo of Julia Bullock by Christian Steiner.
Photo of Renate Rohlfing by Leonna Rohlfing.


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