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Julia Faulkner

Internationally renowned as a master teacher, Julia Faulkner has firmly established herself as one of the top voice teachers in the world. Her students are performing globally at the Metropolitan Opera, La Scala, Vienna State Opera, Bavarian State Opera, and Lyric Opera of Chicago, among others. Faulkner was recently appointed Director of Vocal studies for The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center, Lyric Opera of Chicago’s renowned professional artist-development program. She is also a  Master Teacher for the apprentices at the Santa Fe Opera and presents masterclasses at many prominent institutions throughout the world.  Prior to her move to Chicago, Faulkner was a tenured Professor of Voice at the University of Wisconsin-Madison for ten years.

Julia Faulkner has had a distinguished international singing 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. She has been celebrated in the roles of the Marschallin, Arabella, Countess, Fiordilidgi, Ariadne, and Capriccio Gräfin to name a few. 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 among others. A celebrated recording artist, Julia has recordings on the Naxos, EMI and Deutsche Gramophon labels. A recent Naxos release (2009) of Hoiby songs with the composer at the piano won particular critical praise in the press:

……Julia Faulkner’s sumptuously creamy voice is capable of delicate pianissimos, shimmering high climaxes and affecting phrasing          —Opera News