(St. Louis, Missouri)
2017–18 Season: Dame Shirley in Girls of the Golden West
Soprano Julia Bullock makes a San Francisco Opera debut in the world premiere of Girls of the Golden West and, later this season, joins Dutch National Opera in Simon McBurney’s production of Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress. In addition, the soprano makes a Santa Fe Opera debut as Kitty Oppenheimer in a new Peter Sellars production of John Adams’ Doctor Atomic and on the concert stage she joins Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony Orchestra in an all-Bernstein program. She also sings Pamina in concert performances of Die Zauberflöte with Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic and a North American recital tour brings her to Atlanta, Berkeley, Boston, Kansas City, and New York City. Recent highlights include concerts with Marin Alsop leading the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic, Simon Rattle and the London Symphony Orchestra, David Robertson and the Sydney Symphony, and Michael Tilson Thomas conducting the San Francisco Symphony in Bernstein’s West Side Story. Bullock has recorded Doctor Atomic, conducted by the composer, with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and garnered wide international recognition in the title role of Purcell’s The Indian Queen at the Perm Opera House, the Bolshoi, and Teatro Real. Shaped by artistic partner Peter Sellars, truly inspired performances were achieved in summer 2016 at the Ojai Music Festival with Roomful of Teeth and the International Contemporary Ensemble in Kaija Saariaho’s La Passion de Simone and in the world premiere of Josephine Baker: A Portrait, composed and arranged by Tyshawn Sorey with accompanying poetry by Claudia Rankine.