(St. Louis, Missouri)
2017–18 Season: Dame Shirley in Girls of the Golden West
Making her San Francisco Opera debut as Dame Shirley in Girls of the Golden West, soprano Julia Bullock is a frequent collaborator with director Peter Sellars and composer John Adams. At the 2016 Ojai Music Festival, Bullock starred in Kaija Saariaho’s La Passion de Simone, in a new staging by Sellars, as well as in the world premiere of Josephine Baker: A Portrait, composed and arranged by Tyshawn Sorey with accompanying poetry by Claudia Rankine. In addition, Bullock is known to San Francisco audiences for her striking 2014 concert performances of “Somewhere” in West Side Story with the San Francisco Symphony and Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas. Engagements for the 2016–17 season include joining Marin Alsop and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra for Villa-Lobos’ Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5, David Robertson and the Sydney Symphony for concert performances of Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, the Los Angeles Philharmonic for John Adams’ El Niño, and the BBC Symphony for a concert performance of Adams’ Doctor Atomic under the baton of the composer, which also is to be recorded for future commercial release. Chamber music programs include songs of Maurice Ravel and Jonathan Berger with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and a theatrical exploration of the common ground between Franz Schubert and Samuel Beckett in collaboration with tenor Ian Bostridge and stage director Yuval Sharon under the auspices of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. In summer 2017, Bullock performs the role of Anne Truelove in a new production of Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, staged by Simon McBurney and conducted by Daniel Harding.