Whilst studying Drama at the University of Kent Julian won the Canterbury Cathedral Bursary Award for singing. He is four times a graduate of The Opera School (Wales) and received a major award from the James Pantyfedwen Foundation to fund his postgraduate studies at the Welsh College of Music and Drama, where he was awarded the Della Windsor Memorial Prize. Julian joined the Welsh National Opera Chorus in 2005.
Roles for WNO include Bogdanowitsch (Merry Widow – televised by the BBC), Montano (Othello – Televised by S4C), Steuermann (Tristan & Isolde) Customs Officer (Boheme), Yakuside (Madam Butterfly), Enzo (Sweetness and Badness) and he has understudied Schaunard (Boheme), Angelotti (Tosca), First Streltzy (Khovanshchina) and Zuniga (Carmen).
Julian has also appeared as a soloist for WNO in Messiah at St. David’s Hall, in the acclaimed shows Chorus, Carbon 12 and in various Max Department outreach projects.
Outside the WNO Julian has appeared as a soloist with many choirs and opera companies. Concert solo appearances include Handel’s Messiah, Bach’s Magnificat, Stravinski’s Pulcinella, Schubert’s Mass in G, Haydn’s Creation, Mozart’s Requiem, Fauré’s Requiem, Brahms’ Requiem and Carmina Burana (the final two for Canton Chorus).
Operatic roles include Sciaronne (Tosca), Papageno (The Magic Flute), Sorceress (Dido and Aeneas), Betto (Gianni Schicci), Guglielmo (Cosi Fan Tutte), Fiorello (Barber of Seville), Drunken Poet and Coridon (The Fairy Queen), Nilakantha (Lakme). With Candlelight Opera Julian performed as Figaro (Le Nozze Di Figaro) and Bartolo in the same opera for the Henley Festival.
Julian has worked with Opera Box in performances of The Pearl Fishers, Cosi fan Tutte, La Boheme and La Traviata.
He has performed with British Youth Opera in their productions of Barber of Seville and Falstaff and with London City Opera in their revival of La Boheme, as Dottore in La Traviata and Sacrastan in Tosca in their collaboration tour with Central Festival Opera. He has toured with Swansea City Opera as Fiorello in Barber of Seville and as Sharpless in Madama Butterfly for Curtain Call Productions.
Julian has performed in masterclasses given by Neal Davies, Malcolm Martineau and Benjamin Luxon, and has worked with Stuart Burrows on Haydn’s Creation.
Julian is the Founding Director of Volante Productions, which stages concerts in South and Mid Wales, providing a platform for young professional musicians.
Julian appears by kind permission of WNO.