Julia Kierstine

Julia Kierstine
New England Third Place Winner 1986

Julia Kierstine takes part this summer in an Italian opera gala of arias and duets by Rossini, Puccini, and Verdi with the Bay-Atlantic Symphony in New Jersey. Puccini and Verdi have been prominent in the soprano’s career: her signature roles include Tosca, which she has performed most recently with Mobile Opera, Pacific Repertory Opera, and West Bay Opera, and covered for San Francisco Opera, and Mimì, which she has performed with Tacoma Opera and Opera San Jose. Her other Puccini heroines are Madama Butterfly with Pacific Repertory Opera; Manon Lescaut, which she sang with Hawaii Opera Theatre and covered in San Francisco; and Minnie in La Fanciulla del West with the Mendocino Music Festival. Julia’s Verdi roles include Lady Macbeth (San Francisco cover), Amelia in Pacific Repertory Opera, and West Bay Opera, (Opera San Jose), Violetta (Chattanooga Opera, Eugene Opera), and Leonora in Il trovatore. She has also appeared as Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte, Leonora in Fidelio, and Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus. A career highlight was Julia’s 2010 New York opera debut as the soprano lead, Maliella, in Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari's I Gioielli della Madonna with Teatro Grattacielo at Rose Hall, Home of Jazz at Lincoln Center.


Julia’s eclectic musical background includes opera, concert, and recital repertoire, After the Met Auditions she was awarded three Metropolitan Opera Study Grants, she was a First Place Winner of the Center for Contemporary Opera International Vocal Competition, under whose aegis she made her New York debut at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall. Recent appearances include a concert and Master Class for Gloriana Musical Theatre in Fort Bragg, California, and the Mahler Eighth with the Sydney Symphony.

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