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Julian Close

Bass

Noted as having “a rich voice that appears to come from the centre of the earth,” as well as, simply, “a voice to die for,” Julian Close stands as one of the most critically acclaimed Basses in the UK, having performed at several esteemed opera houses and venues throughout his career including The Royal Opera House at Covent Garden, English National Opera, Welsh National Opera, The Royal Albert Hall, Barbican Centre, The Bridgewater Hall, Opera North UK, Scottish Opera and the Wexford, Buxton, Longborough, and English Bach Festivals in a wide range of roles. He has made numerous television and radio broadcasts for the BBC. This season, Mr. Close will perform the role of Baron Ochs in Der Rosenkavalier with Teatro Colón in Argentina and returns to the Welsh National Opera to portray Don Juan in From the House of the Dead and for their productions of Der Rosenkavalier and Khovanshchina. Last season, Mr. Close performed the role of Hunding in Die Walküre with Saffron Opera Group, reprised the roles of Fafner in Das Rheingold with Minnesota Opera and Ramfis in Aïda with Pacific Symphony, and made a return to the Metropolitan Opera for their productions of Rigoletto and Der Rosenkavalier. In future seasons, Mr. Close will make his house début at Opéra de Montréal.

Apr
2017

Apr-13
to
May-13
Der Rosenkavalier
Metropolitan Opera
New York City, NY
Jun
2017

Jun-04
to
Jul-01
Der Rosenkavalier
Welsh National Opera
Cardiff, UK
Jul
2017

Jul-18
to
Jul-25
Der Rosenkavalier
Baron Ochs
Teatro Colón
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Sep
2017

Sep-23
to
Oct-31
Khovanshchina
Welsh National Opera
Cardiff, UK
Oct
2017

Oct-08
to
Nov-29
From The House of the Dead
Don Juan
Welsh National Opera
Cardiff, UK
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… a strong dark voice…
Lulu“In the small roles of the Theater Manager and Banker, Julian Close made a notable Met debut, showing a strong dark voice.”Washington Post
… Julian Close was stupendous…
 Don Giovanni  “As the Commendatore, Julian Close was stupendous, the sort of bass who could sing Fafner the Dragon without the amplifying megaphone dictated by Wagner.” – The Irish Times
…quietly thundery bass…
Der Ring des Nibelungen “Another standout is Julian Close as Fasolt, who sings with a quietly thundery bass.”MetroWeekly
… musically rich…
 Lulu– “The enormous cast has hardly a weakness. Especially memorable are Julian Close’s Acrobat, a role hard to define but musically rich.” – The Arts Desk 
…voice appeared to come from the centre of the earth…
Eugene Onegin “Julian Close as Prince Gremin and his voice that appeared to come from the centre of the earth.”  Harry Mottram 
Noted as having “a rich voice that appears to come from the centre of the earth,” as well as, simply, “a voice to die for,” Julian Close stands as one of the most critically acclaimed Basses in the UK, having performed at several esteemed opera houses and venues throughout his career including The Royal Opera House at Covent Garden, English National Opera, Welsh National Opera, The Royal Albert Hall, Barbican Centre, The Bridgewater Hall, Opera North UK, Scottish Opera and the Wexford, Buxton, Longborough, and English Bach Festivals in a wide range of roles. He has made numerous television and radio broadcasts for the BBC.

This season, Mr. Close will perform the role of Baron Ochs in Der Rosenkavalier with Teatro Colón in Argentina and returns to the Welsh National Opera to portray Don Juan in From the House of the Dead and for their productions of Der Rosenkavalier and Khovanshchina. Last season, Mr. Close performed the role of Hunding in Die Walküre with Saffron Opera Group, reprised the roles of Fafner in Das Rheingold with Minnesota Opera and Ramfis in Aïda with Pacific Symphony, and made a return to the Metropolitan Opera for their productions of Rigoletto and Der Rosenkavalier. In future seasons, Mr. Close will make his house début at Opéra de Montréal.

Recent engagements include his début with Washington National Opera as Fasolt in Francesca Zambello’s ground-breaking production of Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen, as well as a return to the Metropolitan Opera as the Theatre Manager/Banker in Lulu, which he also performed with Dutch National Opera. He first joined the roster of the Metropolitan Opera in 2011 for their production of Der Ring des Nibelungen and has returned as a performer subsequently every season. Additional recent engagements include Hunding in a concert performance of Die Walküre with The Chandos Orchestra; Don Basilio in Il barbiere di Siviglia with the Longborough Festival; Verdi’s Requiem with the Eaton Christchurch Choir in Norwich; and a return to Welsh National Opera for Moses und Aron and Nabucco. He also returned to Opera Project for Madama Butterfly and joined Opera Rara for Donizetti’s Les Martyrs at Royal Festival Hall.

Prior engagements include Angelotti in Tosca, Truffaldino in Ariadne auf Naxos, Osmin in Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Athlete in Lulu, and Bonze in Madama Butterfly all with Welsh National Opera; Lodovico in Otello for the BBC Philharmonic; Bonze in Madama Butterfly and Commendatore in Don Giovanni with Opera Project UK; King Marke in Tristan und Isolde and Landgraf in Tannhaüser with the Northern Wagner Orchestra; Fafner in both Das Rheingold and Siegfried with the Longborough Wagner Festival, a role he also covered with the Metropolitan Opera. He also covered Lord Fortune in Miss Fortune for the Royal Opera, Covent Garden.

Favorite engagements from past seasons include: Wotan in Das Rheingold, Hagen in Götterdämmerung, Pogner in Die Meistersinger, Titurel in Parsifal, Steffano Colonna in Rienzi, der Letzte der Tribunen, Dosifey in Mussorgsky’s Khovanschina, Vodník in Rusalka, Il Grand Inquisitor in Don Carlo, Penios in Daphne, Pistola in Falstaff, Quince in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte, Zuniga in Carmen, Mayor in Jenůfa, Collatinus in The Rape of Lucretia, Timur in Turandot, Colline in La bohème, Prince Gremin in Eugene Onegin, Luther and Crespel in Les contes d’Hoffmann, Sparafucile in Rigoletto, Ramfis in Aïda, Loredano in I due Foscari, Nourabad in Les pêcheurs de perles, and Black Bob and Tom in Let’s Make an Opera.

Also a successful concert artist, Mr Close’s orchestral repertoire includes Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, St. John Passion, Magnificat, and Lutheran Mass; Beethoven’s Mass in C; Dyson’s Canterbury Pilgrims; Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius and Caractacus; Judas in The Apostles; Fauré’s Requiem; Haydn’s Creation; Mahler’s Symphony No. 8; Mozart’s Requiem, C Minor Mass, and Vesperae Solennes; Puccini’s Messa di Gloria; Rossini’s Stabat Mater; Verdi’s Requiem; as well as Weber’s Second Mass in G Minor and Stravinsky’s Les Noces with the Michael Clarke Dance Company (Barbican Centre & The Lincoln Center, New York ).

 

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