This concert is made possible by The Ruth Morse Fund for Vocal Excellence.
This concert is part of the Marilyn Horne legacy at Carnegie Hall.
Equally at home with opera and concert repertoire, soprano Julia Bullock has captivated audiences with her versatile artistry and commanding stage presence. This season, she launched the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s season at its gala honoring Leonard Bernstein with Andris Nelsons. Also this season, she sings Pamina in concert performances of Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte with Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic; makes her San Francisco Opera debut in the world premiere of John Adams’s Girls of the Golden West, composed to a libretto by Peter Sellars; joins the Dutch National Opera in a company premiere of Simon McBurney’s The Rake’s Progress; sings Maria in a concert version of Bernstein’s West Side Story with Tokyo’s NHK Symphony Orchestra and Paavo Järvi; and makes her Santa Fe Opera debut in a new Sellars production of Adams’s Doctor Atomic.
Ms. Bullock has also performed Adams’s El Niño with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess (Clara) with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Bernstein’s West Side Story at the Hollywood Bowl with Gustavo Dudamel, and as soloist with orchestras and conductors that include the London Symphony Orchestra and Sir Simon Rattle, the New York Philharmonic and Alan Gilbert, and the San Francisco Symphony and Michael Tilson Thomas.
Ms. Bullock participated in Opera Theater of Saint Louis’s Artists-in-Training program. Her accolades include a 2016 Sphinx Medal of Excellence, Lincoln Center’s 2015 Martin E. Segal Award, first prize at the 2014 Walter W. Naumburg Foundation International Vocal Competition, and first prize at the 2012 Young Concert Artists International Auditions. She holds the Lindemann Vocal Chair of Young Concert Artists, and her management is supported by the Barbara Forester Austin Fund for Art Song. Ms. Bullock holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music and Bard College Conservatory of Music’s Graduate Vocal Arts Program, as well as an artist diploma from The Juilliard School.
Originally from St. Louis, Ms. Bullock integrates her musical life with community activism. She has organized and participated in benefit concerts in support of the FSH Society, Weill Cornell Medical College’s Music and Medicine Initiative, and Shropshire Music Foundation, a nonprofit organization that serves children and adolescents affected by war through music education and performances in Kosovo, Northern Ireland, and Uganda.
John Arida is a pianist and coach based in New York City who specializes in both opera and art song. His performance of Amy Beach’s Cabildo in Central City Opera’s 2017 summer season was critically acclaimed. Mr. Arida’s current season includes recital tours with mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard and soprano Julia Bullock. He holds staff positions at The Juilliard School and Central City Opera, and is on the panel for the Denver Lyric Opera Guild’s Competition for Colorado Singers. Mr. Arida has served as staff pianist at The Juilliard School, Virginia Opera, Central City Opera, Castleton Festival, and Prototype Festival, where he prepared the New York premiere of anatomy theater by Pulitzer Prize–winner David Lang.
Other notable engagements this season include recital debuts with Ms. Leonard in Mexico and with soprano Simone Osborne in Toronto. Mr. Arida also performed with Sir James Galway in the live-streamed memorial tribute to Maestro Lorin Maazel, and has worked with Peter Sellars on Kaija Saariaho’s La Passion de Simone for the Orchestra Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker and the Ojai Music Festival. Mr. Arida holds a master’s degree in collaborative piano from The Juilliard School and a bachelor’s degree in vocal performance from Purchase College, State University of New York (SUNY).