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Julie Davies Soprano

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Opera: Lucia di Lammermoor | Image Credit: © Barbara Aumüller

Julie Davies, soprano, praised for her “colorfuly focused and powerful sound” and facility of “glimmering coloratura,” enjoys an active stage career, performing with international orchestras and opera companies. Ms. Davies has been featured in Darmstadt’s new productions of Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffman (all four ladies) where she was acclaimed for having “demonstrated astounding flexibility,” Leoncavallo’s I Pagliacci (Nedda), and Donizetti’s Don Pasquale (Norina) and Wagners Die Walküre (Gerhilde). Ms. Davies is specifically celebrated for her performances of the title roles in Lucia di Lammermoor and La sonnambula.
    In the 2013/14 season, Ms. Davies sang the title roles in Darmstadt’s new productions of La traviata, made her debut as Desdemona in Otello, sang Contessa in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, as well as Amina in Bellini’s La sonnambula.
    Ms. Davies performed Donna Anna in Don Giovanni with the Opéra National de Paris (2015), had a very successful debut in Rio de Janeiro as Marzelline in Beethoven‘s Fidelio and made her debut as the Junges Mädchen in the co-production of Schoenberg’s Moses und Aron (released on film and televised world-wide in 2015) with Paris and Madrid Operas (2016).
    In 2018, Ms. Davies sang Contessa in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro in Santa Barbara, California to great acclaim: “Julie Davies as Countess Almaviva wowed audiences in her spectacular Act III aria ‘Dove sono,’ eliciting long applause.”
    Ms. Davies will perform the role of Gerhilde in a new production of Wagner’s Die Walküre in Madrid’s Teatro Real in the 2019–20 season.
    Other roles Ms. Davies has brought to life on stage include: Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, First Lady in Die Zauberflöte, Cleopatra in Giulio Cesare, Corinna in Il viaggio à Reims, Dido in Dido and Aeneas, Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro, Mother in Hansel and Gretel, and Rita Billingsley in William Bolcom’s A Wedding.

A frequent concert singer, some of Ms. Davies' credits include Verdi’s Requiem, Poulenc's Gloria, Stravinsky's Pulcinella, Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass, Bernstein's Jeremiah, Mendelssohn's Elijah and Psalm 115, Handel's Messiah, Fauré's Requiem, Mozart's Vesperae de Confessore and Requiem and Beethoven's Choral Fantasia.
    In 2017, Ms. Davies championed Strauss’ beautiful vocal setting of Vier letzte Lieder (Four Last Songs) with the University of Oklahoma Orchestra. In addition, in 2017 Ms. Davies was one of two singers chosen by the iconic mezzo- soprano Marilyn Horne to dedicate her Museum, opened in Bradford, Pennsylvania. In March 2019, Ms. Davies sang Verdi’s Requiem with Southwest Florida Symphony.

Ms. Davies has won several competitions: Metropolitan Opera Regional Auditions, First in the Naftzger Young Artists Competition, Second in the highly esteemed Jensen Foundation Competition, and Finalist in the Marilyn Horne Foundation Competition. Ms. Davies has sung in master classes with Marilyn Horne, Martina Arroyo, Frederica von Stade, and Hoerst Guenter.