Mezzo-Soprano, JULIA POWERS, is an adaptive artist of opera and choral repertoire. She is a new resident of Southern California and will make her Bay-Area debut with I Cantori di Carmel as the ALTO SOLOIST in Bach’s Christmas Oratorio this December. Recently she was a SEMIFINALIST in the Camille Coloratura Competition and a MEZZO-SOPRANO SOLOIST in Mission Opera's annual fundraising gala.
She will finish the 2022-2023 season singing COUNTESS CEPRANO in Verdi's Rigoletto with Independent Opera Company, and several projects with burgeoning virtual reality company, Mousaverse. They are pioneering a virtual reality platform for audiences and artists from all over the world to collaborate, create, and enjoy timeless operas. She will be singing in the CHORUS of Cavelleria Rusticana, DRYAD in Ariadne auf Naxos, and featured in the Young Artist Recital Series for the company's inaugural season.
Until the spring of 2022, Ms. Powers was based in the Desert Southwest. During that time, she was a featured soloist and member of the Grammy-Winning chamber ensemble, Phoenix Chorale, as well as the Tucson-based Helios Ensemble. She joined the Arizona Opera Chorus family in 2020 for their performances of Puccini’s beloved opera, La Bohème. Shortly thereafter she performed MUSETTE in Leoncavallo's La Bohème in concert with Passion Project: Opera!, a rising company for unusual works in Tucson.
Recent performances include CHORUS of Carmen with Arizona Opera, ALTO SOLOIST in Britten's Hymn to St. Cecilia with Phoenix Chorale featured in the VOCES8 Foundation LIVE FROM LONDON festival series, VOICE #7 in Thomas Tallis' 40-part work Spem in Alium with Phoenix Chorale, MISS TODD in The Old Maid and the Thief and LIVY CLEMENS in the world premiere of Harmony by Russell Banks and Robert Carl with Seagle Festival.
She holds a bachelor's degree in Music Education from Stephen F. Austin State University and a master’s degree in Vocal Performance from Baylor University. During her time with Baylor Opera Theater she fell in love with early opera, musicals, and operetta. Favorite roles include ORESTE in Handel's Oreste, DESIRÉE in A Little Night Music, and LITTLE BUTTERCUP in H.M.S. Pinafore. She also made her recital debut at Carnegie Hall in 2018 as the vocal FINALIST of the Baylor Semper Pro Musica Competition.
She has been an emerging artist with Seagle Festival, Opera in the Ozarks, Chicago Summer Opera, Red River Lyric Opera, and Utah Vocal Arts Academy.