Soprano Julia Faulkner has had a distinguished International career with performances on many of the world’s great opera and concert stages. She made her Metropolitan opera debut in the title role of Strauss’ Arabella in 1994 and sang major roles for many years at the Bavarian and Vienna State Operas. Other prestigious engagements have included performances with La Scala, Hamburg, Amsterdam, The Berlin Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Concertgebouw, Dresdener Staatskapelle, Gewandhaus Leipzig, and L.A. Philharmonic to name a few.
An equally celebrated recording artist, Ms. Faulkner has recordings on the Naxos, EMI and Deutsche Grammophon labels. A recent Naxos release (2009) of Hoiby songs with the composer at the piano won critical praise in the press:
…Julia Faulkner’s sumptuously creamy voice is capable of delicate pianissimos, shimmering high climaxes and affecting phrasing… Opera News
Recent engagements have included appearances in the 2009/10 Madison Opera season as Mrs. Grose in The Turn of the Screw and as Mary in The Flying Dutchman. In the 2010/11 season Julia will play Mrs. Hayes in Susannah in Bilbao, Spain. She will also be soprano soloist with the Madison Symphony for Mahler’s 2nd Symphony.
Since the fall of 2003 Julia Faulkner has been a Professor of Voice at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she has established an international reputation as a voice teacher. Her students are singing world-wide in major houses such as the Met, Chicago Lyric, Bavarian State and La Scala. In 2009 she appeared in the feature length documentary The Audition, which starred one of her students. The film won critical praise and was shown in movie theatres world-wide on the Met Live in HD series.