Julia Melinek - soprano
Julia Melinek studied at the Royal Northern College of Music and trained as an actress at the Actor’s Centre in London.
Operatic roles include title role Madama Butterfly (English National Opera/Gubbay at the Royal Albert Hall/Lyric Opera Dublin), title role Manon Lescaut, Gerhilde and Helmwige The Valkyrie, Nella Gianni Schicchi, and 1st Lay Sister Suor Angelica (ENO), Donna Anna and Musetta (New Israeli Opera), title role in Menotti’s The Saint of Bleecker Street (Spoleta Festival, directed by the composer), Donna Elvira (Garsington/English Touring Opera/Mid Wales Opera), Santuzza Cavalleria Rusticana (Opera Holland Park, for which she was awarded the ‘American Express Prize for Outstanding Operatic Performance 1998’), Giorgetta Il Tabarro (Broomhill), Fenena Nabucco and Tatyana Eugene Onegin (British Youth Opera) and Viva Verdi staged Verdi galas for New Zealand Opera in Auckland and Wellington. Conductors she has worked with include Sir Colin Davis, Sir Edward Downes, Richard Hickox, Paul Daniel and Ivor Bolton. She has covered the title role in Turandot for Welsh National Opera and in 2010 she made her role debut as Tosca (Opera Holland Park at Richmond Theatre).
She performs regularly on the international concert platform and has performed in galas and oratorio at the Barbican, Royal Festival Hall, Royal Albert Hall and Bridgewater Hall with orchestras including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as concerts for Israeli National Television, New York concert series, The Lanka Philharmonic in Colombo and a series of staged Verdi galas for New Zealand Opera in Auckland and Wellington. Most recent performances include the Verdi Requiem in Dublin with the Guinness Choir.
Her debut CD of Menotti’s Meuro Porque non Muero was released by Chandos in 2002, followed by the title role in The Saint of Bleecker Street for Chandos conducted by Richard Hickox.
Future engagements include title role Suor Angelica for Dorset Opera, recitals of opera and song at the Kennedy Centre in Washington (USA) in 2013 and 2014, opera galas at the Castello di San Federico II in Puglia (Italy) in 2012 and 2013 and a series of recitals around New York State in 2013.