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Praised by the New York Times for her ability to turn from “strong and vindictive to melting and back in an instant,” American soprano Julia Wolcott is a student at the Boston University Opera Institute. She recently received a Master of Music student in Voice at the Juilliard School, where she studied under the tutelage of Edith Wiens. In the 2016-2017 season she was a winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Eastern Region District auditions and a finalist in the Opera Index Competition. She participated in a live-streamed masterclass with world-renowned mezzo Stephanie Blythe and performed on Brian Zeger’s Songfest in Alice Tully Hall. In February she sang the soprano solo in Mozart’s Requiem with the Juilliard Orchestra and Westminster Chapel Choir under the baton of Gary Thor Wedow. This summer she will sing the leading role "Angel 1" in the American premiere of Seven Angels by Luke Bedford at the Aspen Music Festival. She will also cover the role of Vitellia in La Clemenza di Tito by Mozart.

Ms. Wolcott most recently performed the role of Tulip in Bolcom’s A Wedding at the Aspen Music Festival. In the 2015-2016 season she appeared as Giunone in Cavalli's La Calisto and performed in a live-streamed masterclass with Maestro Fabio Luisi. Ms. Wolcott also performed in Dublin and London in March as a part of Iain Burnside's Drums and Guns concert honoring the 1916 Irish Uprising. She performed the role of Kate Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly as a young artist at Ash Lawn Opera. She has also attended the Castleton Festival, Opera NEO, and Bayview SOARS workshop. In 2014-2015 Julia resided in Vienna, Austria as she attended the Deutsch Akademie.

Ms. Wolcott has already emerged as a distinguished singer in competitions. Ms. Wolcott is a finalist of the 2016 Opera Index competition. She was a finalist in the 2014 National Opera Association competition, as well as a semi-finalist in the national round of the Classical Singer Competition. She was the 3rd place winner of the American Prize in the College Opera Division.

At PSU, Julia received numerous awards and scholarships, including the Willa C. Taylor Scholarship, the President's Freshman Award, Jury Recognition, and Jury Honors. She was a participant of the Concert Choir and Oriana Singers at PSU, as well as receiving solo opportunities with the Baroque Ensemble and Philharmonic Orchestra. She received her bachelor's degree from the Pennsylvania State University, where she studied with Jennifer Trost.