We are delighted to welcome back soprano Julia Bullock for her first performance at Caramoor since her time as a Schwab Vocal Rising Star in 2013. With her expressive and captivating voice and a command of repertoire from art songs and opera to jazz, Bullock has been praised by The New York Times as a “fast-rising soprano … poised for a significant career.”
Julia Bullock, soprano
John Arida, piano
Schubert Suleika I, D. 720 (Op. 14/1)
Was bedeutet die Bewegung
Lachen und Weinen, D. 777
Wandrers Nachtlied II, D. 768
Seligkeit, D. 433
Barber Hermit Songs, Op. 29
Fauré Selections from La chanson d’Ève, Op. 95
Williams “Driftin’ Tide” (arr. J. Siskind)
Hunter, Pinkard You Can’t Tell the Difference After Dark (arr. J. Siskind)
Hunter, Austin Downhearted Blues (arr. J. Siskind)
Siskind Frog Tongue Stomp: A Lovie Austin Tribute
Holiday Our Love is Different (arr. J. Siskind)
Simone Revolution (arr. J. Siskind)
Simone Four Women (arr. J. Siskind)
Julia Bullock, soprano
Soprano Julia Bullock is recognized as an “impressive, fast-rising soprano … poised for a significant career” (The New York Times). Equally at home with opera and concert repertoire, she has captivated and inspired audiences through her versatile artistry, probing intellect, and commanding stage presence. Opera News extols, “Bullock’s radiant soprano shines brightly and unfailingly … Most compellingly, however, she communicates intense, authentic feeling, as if she were singing right from her soul.”
This season Miss Bullock makes a San Francisco Opera debut in the world premiere of Girls of the Golden West composed by John Adams to a libretto by Peter Sellars and she joins Dutch National Opera in a company premiere of Simon McBurney’s production of The Rake’s Progress under the direction of Ivor Bolton. The soprano makes a Santa Fe Opera debut as Kitty Oppenheimer in a new Peter Sellars production of Doctor Atomic by frequent collaborator John Adams and she tours North America in recital with performances under the auspices of Boston Celebrity Series, Cal Performances, Berkeley, University of California Santa Barbara Arts & Lectures, Carnegie Hall, Harriman Jewell Series, and Spivey Hall amongst others. No less impressive, Julia Bullock joins Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony Orchestra in a Bernstein Gala to launch the 2017–18 season and sings Pamina in concert performances of Die Zauberflöte with Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
Highlights of the past season include Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess with David Robertson and the Sydney Symphony, Villa-Lobos’ Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 with Marin Alsop leading the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, John Adams’ El Niño with Grant Gershon and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and John Adams’ Doctor Atomic, with the composer conducting concert performances with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, recorded for future commercial release. Julia Bullock brought light and life to the role of Anne Truelove in a new production of Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence staged by Simon McBurney and conducted by Eivind Gullberg Jensen.
John Arida, soprano
John Arida is a pianist and coach based in New York City and specializing in both opera and art song. During the 2016–17 season he appeared in recital with soprano Julia Bullock at the Rochester Lyric Opera and mezzo-soprano Megan Marino at Opera Delaware’s Sunday Artist Spotlight series. Arida also serves on the music staff at the Juilliard School, Virginia Opera, and Central City Opera, as well as the Prototype Festival, where he will prepare the New York premiere of “anatomy theater” by Pulitzer Prize winner David Lang. Past notable performances include Carnegie Hall and Mexico recital debuts with mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard; John’s Canadian debut with soprano Simone Osborne; and the live-streamed memorial tribute to Maestro Lorin Maazel, where his partners included Sir James Galway. Mr. Arida has been on the music staff at the Juilliard School, Central City Opera, the Castleton Festival, Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra, and has held a season-long engagement as Emerging Artist Pianist with Virginia Opera. He holds a master’s degree in collaborative piano from Juilliard as well as a bachelor’s degree in vocal performance from SUNY Purchase.