Julia Mintzer

Julia Mintzer


...a true Carmen: extremely sensual, with the grace of a serpent, the violence of a tiger, and a mezzo of penetrating depth." - La Presse
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«Julia Mintzer had unbelievable charisma and theatrical presence.»
Der Opern Freund (2017)
«Mintzer was especially impressive in a part that called for prodigious breath control and pinpoint accuracy»
Opera News (2017)
«the American, with her full, earthy, powerful mezzo-soprano, is able to capably realise with her expressions and her voice.»
Das Opernglass (2017)
2018Mascagni: Cavalleria RusticanaSantuzza
2018Donizetti: Maria StuardaElisabetta
2018Bizet: CarmenCarmen
2018Verdi: La Forza del DestinoPreziosilla
2018Verdi: La Forza del DestinoPreziosilla
2017Donizetti: Maria StuardaElisabetta
2017Offenbach: Les Contes d'HoffmannGiulietta
2016Bizet: CarmenCarmen
2016Bizet: CarmenMercédès
2015Humperdinck: Hänsel und GretelHänsel
2015Puccini: Madama ButterflySuzuki
2015Mozart: Die Zauberflöte2. Dame
2015Sondheim: A Little Night MusicPetra
2015Handel: Giulio Cesare in EgittoSesto
2014Strauss R.: Ariadne auf NaxosDryade
2014Verdi: La TraviataFlora Bervoix
2014Gluck: Orfeo ed EuridiceOrfeo
2014Strauss R.: SalomePage Of Herodias
2013Bellini: NormaClotilde
2013Bellini: NormaAdalgisa
2012Donizetti: Anna BolenaGiovanna Seymour
2012Gounod: Roméo et JulietteStephano
2011Rossini: L'Italiana in AlgeriZulma
2011Rossini: L'Italiana in AlgeriIsabella
2011Verdi: RigolettoMaddalena
2010Mozart: Cosi fan tutteDorabella
2008Verdi: FalstaffMeg Page


Julia Mintzer enjoys a varied career in standard and contemporary repertoire in the United States and Europe. Hailed by Montreal’s La Presse as “a true Carmen: extremely sensual, with the grace of a serpent, the violence of a tiger, and a mezzo of penetrating depth,” Julia has performed principal roles at Washington National Opera, Die Semperoper Dresden, and The Glimmerglass Festival. She makes her UK debut in spring of 2020 in the title role of Carmen at Welsh National Opera, in a new production directed by Jo Davies.

Julia was member of the Junges Ensemble at the Semperoper Dresden from 2013-15 and a young artist at the Washington National Opera from 2012-13. In 2015-16 she returned to Washington National Opera as Hansel and to the Dresden Semperoper as Mercédès. Her previous roles for the Dresden Semperoper include the leading role in Der Teufel mit den drei goldenen Haaren, Zweite Dame, Flora, The Page (Salome), Dryade, and Emma May in the world premiere of Tsangaris's Karl May: Raum der Wahrheit. At the Washington National Opera, her roles were Hansel, Clotilde (Norma) and Giovanna Seymour (Anna Bolena – WNO Opera Insight, Kennedy Center). She sang the first staged performance of David Lang’s Little Match Girl Passion at the Glimmerglass Festival in 2013. Recently, Julia has been seen as Elisabetta in Maria Stuarda and Preziosilla in La forza del Destino at Theater Aachen. She joined the Landestheater Schleswig-Holstein to sing the title role in Carmen and Elisabetta in Maria Stuarda, returning for Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana and Giulietta in Les Contes d’Hoffman before reprising the title role in Carmen at the Theater Lüneburg.
Julia graduated from The Juilliard School and the Boston University Opera Institute. She sang the title role in La Tragédie de Carmen and Stephano in Roméo et Juliette with Dayton Opera before joining the Apprentice Program at Santa Fe Opera. She appeared as Petra in A Little Night Music at The Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice and Suzuki with Florentine Opera. Her concert engagements include Handel's Messiah with Boston Baroque, Washington National Cathedral, and the Toledo Symphony and Mozart's Requiem at Washington National Cathedral.
Also an accomplished stage director, Julia was the 2017 Winner of the National Opera Association’s JoElyn Wakefield-Wright Directing Fellowship. Her interactive theater piece Pizza Parlance was listed in Nombre Art Magazine's "5 Must-Sees of Venice Biennale” and she has directed and developed new works at the Helsinki Festival, NRW-Forum Düsseldorf, and Cornell University.She has staged Fidelio at Princeton University with Grand Harmonie Period Orchestra in 2016 and La Bohème for MassOpera in 2017, lauded by The Theater Times as "a highly energetic, fascinating production."

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CV & Repertoire

Musical Work Role Jump-in ready? Company Year
Beethoven: Symphony No. 9, Op. 125, D minor Mezzo-soprano Theater Aachen Und Sinfonieorchester Aachen 2019
Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana Santuzza Immediately Schleswig-Holsteinische Landestheater Und Sinfonieorchester 2018
Donizetti: Maria Stuarda Elisabetta Immediately Theater Aachen Und Sinfonieorchester Aachen 2018
Bizet: Carmen Carmen Immediately Theater Lüneburg 2018
Verdi: La Forza del Destino Preziosilla Immediately Theater Basel Theater Aachen 2018


New England Finalist, Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions
Quarterfinalist, International Singing Competition Francisco Viñas