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Julia Bullock, Soprano
John Arida, Piano

Friday, April 20, 2018 7:30 PM Weill Recital Hall
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Julia Bullock by Christian Steiner, and John Arida
The crystalline solo lines of Baroque opera and intimate songs—both classical and popular—are all part of Julia Bullock’s world. A winner at the 2014 Naumburg International Vocal Competition, The New York Times has called her an “impressive fast-rising soprano.” She displays her versatility singing a program of German, English, and French songs, as well as a remarkable set of pieces written and inspired by composers rooted in blues and jazz.


Julia Bullock, Soprano
John Arida, Piano


SCHUBERT "Suleika I," D. 720
SCHUBERT "Lachen und Weinen," D. 777
SCHUBERT "Wandrers Nachtlied II," D. 768
SCHUBERT "Seligkeit," D. 433
BARBER Hermit Songs
FAURÉ Selections from La chanson d’Ève
WILLIAMS "Driftin' Tide" (arr. Jeremy Siskind)
PINKARD "You Can't Tell the Difference After Dark" (arr. Jeremy Siskind)
"LOVIE" AUSTIN/HUNTER "Downhearted Blues" (arr. Jeremy Siskind)
SISKIND Frog Tongue Stomp: A Lovie Austin Tribute
HOLIDAY/WHITE/ALBA/CONWAY "Our Love Is Different" (arr. Jeremy Siskind)
SIMONE/IRVINE JR. "Revolution"
SIMONE "Four Women" (arr. Jeremy Siskind)

Event Duration

The printed program will last approximately 90 minutes, including one 20-minute intermission.

Salon Encores

Get together with people who love music after this Weill Recital Hall concert for a free drink and discussion with the evening's musicians.
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Julia Bullock
Soprano Julia Bullock shares her perspective on the joys and challenges of being a classical music singer.

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.

At a Glance

This evening’s eclectic and personal program explores some of the lesser-known treasures of the classical song literature, as well as Julia Bullock’s own African American heritage. It moves from four of Franz Schubert’s classical lieder to Samuel Barber’s enchanting Hermit Songs, based on medieval Gaelic poetry and strongly linked to their original singer, Leontyne Price. Gabriel Fauré’s late songs are very different from the melodious early songs more commonly heard; Ms. Bullock has chosen selections from his rarely performed masterpiece La chanson d’Ève, an evocation of Eve’s primeval life in the Garden of Eden. Finally, we shift to jazz and blues classics associated with legendary African American singers Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, Cora “Lovie” Austin, and Alberta Hunter.


Julia Bullock

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

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).

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