Julia Benzinger

Julia Benzinger

Mezzo-Soprano

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«“Julia Benzinger was charged with bringing the incredible fire and passion of the Gypsy Carmen to life. And that’s just what she did.”»
Märkische Oderzeitung (2016)
«Julia Benzinger's wonderfully spiteful and imaginatively phrased Sorceress stole the show whenever she took the spotlight.»
Opera now (2018)
«Julia Benzinger’s warmth of timbre, silvery top register, and declamation were riveting.»
south florida classical review (2018)
2017Wagner: GötterdämmerungErste Norn (first Norn)
2017Purcell: Dido and AeneasSorceress
2017Purcell: Dido and AeneasSorceress
2017Wagner: GötterdämmerungErste Norn (first Norn)
2016Poulenc: Dialogues des CarmélitesMother Marie Of The Incarnation
2016Verdi: RigolettoMaddalena
2015Fauré: PénélopePénélope
2015Britten: The Rape of LucretiaLucretia
2015Mozart: Die ZauberflöteDritte Dame (third Lady)
2014Verdi: La TraviataFlora Bervoix
2014Puccini: Manon LescautA Singer
2013Mozart: Die ZauberflöteDritte Dame (Third Lady)
2013Strauss R.: Der RosenkavalierAnnina
2013Wagner: Die WalküreRoßweiße (Rossweisse)
2013Bizet: CarmenMercédès
2013Humperdinck: Hänsel und GretelHänsel
2013Puccini: Gianni SchicchiZita
2013Puccini: Il tabarroFrugola
2013Tchaikovsky: Eugene OneginPrincess Olga
2011Honegger: Jeanne d'Arc au bûcherSt Marguerite
2011Giordano: Andrea ChénierBersi
2011Strauss R.: Ariadne auf NaxosDer Komponist
2011Wagner: Das RheingoldFlosshilde
2011Mozart: Le nozze di FigaroMarcellina
2010Janáček : The Cunning Little VixenThe Fox (Zlatoh?bítek, Gold-spur)
2010Mozart: Le nozze di FigaroMarcellina
2010Tchaikovsky: Eugene OneginPrincess Olga
2009D'Albert: TieflandRosalia

Bio

Hailed by the International Herald Tribune for her “luscious mezzo” and Der Tagesspiel for “her impressive, metallic dramatic soprano”, American mezzo-soprano Julia Benzinger is enjoying a career in both opera and concert throughout Europe and the United States.Ms. Benzinger opens the 2017-2018 season with Seattle Art Song Society in a recital celebrating the works of beloved Seattle composer, Bern Herbolsheimer. For Seattle Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra and Choral Arts Northwest, she will perform Joseph Haydn's Missa in Angustiis ("Nelson Mass"). Julia will be seen as Dritte Dame in Pacific Symphony's Die Zauberflöte, and Mother Earth in Seattle Art Song Society's Earth Day reflection: Elemental. She returns to Vashon opera for their production of Die Zauberflöteas well as an evening of song and opera with tenor Limmie Pulliam, and she continues her relationship with Music of Remembrance in a concert commemorating International Holocaust Memorial Day.
The 2016-2017 saw Ms. Benzinger make her role debut as Mére Marie in Dialogues des carmélites with Vashon Opera. She performed with Orchestra Seattle and Seattle Chamber Singers in Prokofiev'sAlexander Nevsky and returned to Seattle for an evening in celebration of John Cage, performing his radical compositions Aria, 5 Songs for Contralto, and Sonnekus. With Pacific MusicWorks, under the musical direction of GRAMMY award winner Stephen Stubbs, Ms. Benzinger portrayed The Sorceress in Dido and Aeneas.  She ended the season with the Miami Music Festival as Erste Norn in Wagner’s Die Götterdämmerung, a performance that led the South Florida Classical Review to write: “Julia Benzinger’s warmth of timbre, silvery top register, and declamation were riveting”.
In the 2015-2016, Ms. Benzinger took on the title character of Fauré'sPénelopé with Vespertine Opera Theater. On the concert platform, she performed Maddelena (Rigoletto), Alisa (Lucia di Lammermoor), the alto soloist in Pergolesi's Stabat mater, and returned to Music of Remembrance for a concert featuring the Vilna Ghetto Songs.  The 2014-2015 season saw Ms. Benzinger make her Pacific MusicWorks debut (Dritte Dame / Die Zauberflöte). She toured with the Deutsche Oper Berlin to the Royal Opera House Muscat, Oman as Il Musico in Puccini's Manon Lescaut and was praised for her performance with Music of Remembrance in Songs and Satire from Terezin. Recent engagements have seen her return to the USA for performances ofLucretia (The Rape of Lucretia), La Frugola (Il Tabarro) and Zita(Gianni Schicchi).
Ms. Benzinger was a member of the ensemble of the Deutsche Oper Berlin from 2007-14, during time which she performed a large and varied repertoire, highlights of which include Der Komponist(Ariadne auf Naxos), Flosshilde (Das Rheingold) and the title role in Gnecchi's Cassandra under the baton of Donald Runnicles, Meg Page (Falstaff) conducted by Enrique Mazzola, and Hänsel (Hänsel und Gretel) under Evan Rogister, Olga (Eugene Onegin), Fox (The Cunning Little Vixen), Annina (Der Rosenkavalier), Der Page(Salome), Dritte Dame (Die Zauberflöte), Bersi (Andrea Chenier),Marcellina (Le nozze di Figaro), Flora (La Traviata), Tisbe (La cenerentola), Rosalia (Tiefland), Saint Margarete in Walther Braunfels’ Szenen aus dem Leben der Heiligen Johanna, and Alkmene in Strauss’ Die Liebe der Danae. 
Subsequent engagements have seen her perform Meg Page (Falstaff) for Theater Aachen, Olga (Eugene Onegin) for the Concert Opera of Seattle, Flora (La Traviata) for Opera na Zamku, Poland, and the title role in Carmen for the Oldenburg Promenade, which prompted the Märkische Oderzeitung to write “Julia Benzinger was charged with bringing the incredible fire and passion of the Gypsy Carmen to life. And that’s just what she did.”  Among Benzinger’s concert repertoire are the works of Bach (Magnificat, Mattäus-Passion, Weinachts-Oratorium), Beethoven (9th Symphony), Brahms (Alto Rhapsody), Elgar (Sea Pictures), Handel (Messiah), Mendelssohn (Elijah), and Rossini (Stabat Matter).  An alumna of the Seattle Early Music Guild and Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme, she has appeared with the Seattle Symphony Chorale, Rainier Symphony Orchestra, the Manchester Camerata. A former Seattle Opera and Sarasota Opera Young Artist, Ms. Benzinger has been the recipient of many awards including the Deutsche Oper Curt Engelhorn Award, the Anne O’Donnell Outstanding Apprentice Award, and scholarships from the Wagner Society of Northern California, and Seattle Opera Guild. 
Julia makes her home on Bainbridge Island, WA with her partner and three young sons.



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CV & Repertoire

Musical Work Role Jump-in ready? Company Year
Mozart: Die Zauberflöte Dritte Dame (third Lady) Immediately Vashon Opera 2018
Mozart: Die Zauberflöte Dritte Dame (third Lady) Immediately 2018
Bizet: Carmen Carmen 1 week 2018
Bizet: Carmen Carmen Vashon Opera 2018
Mozart: Die Zauberflöte Dritte Dame (third Lady) Pacific Symphony 2018

Awards

Kurt Engelhorn Award - Opera Foundation & Deutsche Oper Berlin
2016
Career Grant - Wagner spciety of northern california
2016
career grant recipient - seattle opera guild
2016
Anne odonnell award - sarasota opera
2016