Best Newcomer ( Director) - Nomination
International Opera Awards 2019
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 Semele (Shanghai International Arts Festival), Die Walküre (OpéraNational de Bordeaux), Das Rheingold (Grimeborn Festival/ Nomination for 2020 OFFIE), The Rape of Lucretia ( Grimeborn Festival/ Winner of 2019 OFFIE), Tosca (Grimeborn Festival and Celebrate Voice Festival, Salisbury ), Madama Butterfly (Grimeborn Festival and Bury Court Opera), The Fairy Queen (Bury Court Opera and Kiez Oper at Wilde Renate, Berlin) and Il trionfo del tempo ( Kiez Opera at Alte Muenze, Berlin). Recent work as a revival director includes La sonnambula (Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona), Tristan und Isolde, Ariadne auf Naxos, Il trovatore, La bohème, Carmen, Cosi fan tutte ( (Royal Opera House, London), Die Frau ohne Schatten (Staatsoper unter den Linden, Berlin) and La bohème ( Teatro Real, Madrid).
She was nominated in the category 'Best Newcomer' at the 2019 International Opera Awards.