Bio: Julia Mintzer made her UK debut in spring of 2020 in the title role of Carmen at Welsh National Opera. Hailed by Montreal’s La Presse as “a true Carmen: extremely sensual, with the grace of a serpent, the violence of a tiger, and a mezzo of penetrating depth,” Julia has performed principal roles at Washington National Opera, Die Semperoper Dresden, and The Glimmerglass Festival.
As a stage director, she has been nominated twice for an Off West End Award for Best Opera Production, for her productions of Bluebeard’s Castle and Der Vampyr for Gothic Opera. She was a 2017 National Opera Association Directing Fellow, and her interactive theater piece Pizza Parlance was listed in Nombre Art Magazine's "5 Must-Sees of Venice Biennale" and revived for NWR-Forum Düsseldorf and the Toronto Museum of Contemporary Art. She will stage a festival of American opera this spring at the Royal Conservatoire in Antwerp.
Julia was a member of the Junges Ensemble at the Semperoper Dresden from 2013-15 and a young artist at the Washington National Opera from 2012-13. In 2015-16 she returned to Washington National Opera as Hansel and to the Dresden Semperoper as Mercédès. Her previous roles for the Dresden Semperoper include the leading role in Der Teufel mit den drei goldenen Haaren, Zweite Dame, Flora, The Page (Salome), Dryade, and Emma May in the world premiere of Tsangaris's Karl May: Raum der Wahrheit. At the Washington National Opera, her roles were Hansel, Clotilde (Norma) and Giovanna Seymour (Anna Bolena – WNO Opera Insight, Kennedy Center). She sang the first staged performance of David Lang’s Little Match Girl Passion at the Glimmerglass Festival in 2013. Recently, Julia has been seen as Elisabetta in Maria Stuarda and Preziosilla in La forza del destino at Theater Aachen. She joined the Landestheater Schleswig-Holstein to sing the title role in Carmen and Elisabetta in Maria Stuarda, returning for Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana and Giulietta in Les Contes d’Hoffman before reprising the title role in Carmen at the Theater Lüneburg.
Equally in demand offstage, Julia's production of Savitri for Hampstead Garden Opera was the first fully staged opera in London since the start of the pandemic, hailed as “dignified and rewarding” by Opera Magazine and for its “sensitive direction that traded in closeness and distance” by The Times. Julia led an all-female cast of La Bohème for MassOpera, hailed by The Theater Times as “a fascinating, high-energy production.” With the support of the Bogliasco Foundation, she co-created On Behalf of a Madman, premiered by Grand Harmonie and revived for The Maltings Theatre on US Election Day, praised by The Stage as “an inventive mashup.”She directed the first full staging of Fidelio with historical instruments in America, with period orchestra Grand Harmonie at Princeton University. Julia was sponsored by the European Network of Opera Academies to direct excerpts from Il barbiere di Siviglia at the Opera Academy of Verona, and invited back by ENOA to direct and develop new work at the Helsinki Festival.
Julia graduated from The Juilliard School and the Boston University Opera Institute. Her concert engagements include Handel's Messiah with Boston Baroque, Washington National Cathedral, and the Toledo Symphony and Mozart's Requiem at Washington National Cathedral.
Julia holds a Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa in the United Kingdom.