Born in Tokyo to German parents, Julia grew up in Milan, Prague, Munich, Bonn, London and Hong Kong. Her interest in performance and directing developed early, inspired by an actress, chanson-singer mother and an operatic baritone grandfather. Alongside her studies, she attended performing arts school with a focus on dance and started directing and choreographing whilst at University College London, from where she holds a BA in History and History of Art as well as an MSc in International Public Policy. After working at the United Nations in Paris, she decided to return to London to focus fully on a directing career.
Opera directing credits include Tosca (Arcola Theatre, Grimeborn Festival and Celebrate Voice Festival, Salisbury ), Madama Butterfly (Arcola Theatre, Grimeborn Festival and Bury Court Opera) and The Fairy Queen (Bury Court Opera and Kiez Oper at Wilde Renate, Berlin), Il trionfo del tempo ( Alte Muenze, Berlin) and The Rape of Lucretia ( Grimeborn Festival/ WINNER of OFFIE AWARD for best opera). Julia also gets involved in educational projects and enjoys working with students (Morley College/ Birmingham Conservatoire). Recent work as a revival director includes La sonnambula (Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona), Tristan und Isolde, Ariadne auf Naxos, Il trovatore, La bohème , Cosi fan tutte ( (Royal Opera House, London), Die Frau ohne Schatten (Staatsoper unter den Linden, Berlin) and La bohème ( Teatro Real, Madrid).
Julia’s first encounter with opera was as an observer for Christof Loy on the production of The Bassarids at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich. She then joined Christof Loy as an assistant director and later revival director for productions such as Lulu (ROH),Tristan und Isolde (ROH, Houston Grand Opera), L’incoronazione di Poppea (Deutsche Oper am Rhein), Prinz von Homburg (Theater an der Wien) and Ariadne auf Naxos (ROH). While Christof Loy remains her greatest influence, Julia has since worked with many other directors at numerous houses and international festivals. Most regularly she works at the Royal Opera House, where she is a Staff Director. She was nominated in the category ' Best Newcomer' at the 2019 International Opera Awards.
Before focusing on opera, Julia completed a
short course at NFTS film school in London
and worked in theatre, dance and film. She directed a variety of classic plays as well as
pieces of new writing and worked as a
choreographer and movement director,
taking her to many of London’s Fringe and West End theatres as well as the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. In film she worked for Norma Heyman, directed shorts and small documentaries and worked as a production assistant. All these experiences influence her work and style as an opera director.
Photo: Trevor Goldstein