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 studying under the tutelage of Penelope Bitzas. Recent engagements include Vera in Boston University Opera Institute’s production of Dolores Claiborne by Tobias Picker and the Aspen Music Festival’s premiere of Luke Bedford’s Seven Angels, in which Ms. Wolcott sang the lead role of Angel 1. This season she won Third Place in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Eastern Region. She will perform the role of Lise in Tchaikovsky’s Queen of Spades at the Glimmerglass Festival this summer, as well as performing in the ensemble of Verdi’s La Traviata and John Corigliano’s Ghosts of Versailles.
Previous engagements include the role of Tulip in Bolcom’s A Wedding at the Aspen Music Festival and Giunone in Cavalli’s La Calisto at the Juilliard School. Ms. Wolcott performed in Dublin and London as a part of Iain Burnside’s Drums and Guns concert honoring the 1916 Irish Uprising with the Guildhall School and the Royal Irish Academy of Music. Additionally, Ms. Wolcott performed in live-streamed masterclasses with Maestro Fabio Luisi and world-renowned mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe. She attended Charlottesville Opera as a Young Artist and the Castleton Festival. In 2014-2015 Ms. Wolcott resided in Vienna, Austria as she attended the Deutsch Akademie.
She made her Alice Tully Hall debut at the “Juilliard Songfest: Songs of Richard Strauss” curated by Brian Zeger. Ms. Wolcott performed as the soprano soloist in Mozart’s Requiem with the Juilliard Orchestra and Westminster Chapel Choir under the baton of Maestro Gary Thor Wedow.
Ms. Wolcott has already emerged as a distinguished singer in competitions. She won the Metropolitan Opera National Council Eastern Region Districts in 2016 and 2018. She was a semi-finalist in the 2017 Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition and was also a winner of the first round of the Classical Singer Vocal Competition. She was a finalist in the 2016 Opera Index competition and the 2014 National Opera Association competitions, as well as a semi-finalist in the national round of the Classical Singer Competition. She was the third place winner of the American Prize in the College Opera Division.
She recently received a Master of Music in Voice at the Juilliard School, and she received her bachelor’s degree from the Pennsylvania State University where she studied with Jennifer Trost.