"Julia Rutigliano [captivated] not only with her passionate interpretation [...] but also vocally, with the bright coloring, dramatic undertones, assuredness and power of her mezzo-soprano.” Opernnetz
The German-Italian mezzo-soprano Julia Rutigliano captivates audiences with her powerful voice and passionate performances on opera and concert stages the world over. The work of Wagner is a central feature of her repertoire and comprises many of her roles. During her studies in Munich at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater and the Bayerischen Theaterakademie, from which she graduated with honours in 2005, she sang the Fox in in Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen, Helena in Offenbach’s Die schöne Helena, Beatrice in Berlioz’s Beatrice et Benedikt and Donna Elvira in Mozart’s Don Giovanni.
Following this were stints at the Opera Studio of the Staatstheater Nürnberg and as an ensemble member of the Staatstheater Braunschweig, where she performed roles such as Olga in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, Suzuki in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, Hermia in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Donna Elvira in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Aksinja in Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth of Mzensk, Orlofsky in Strauss’s Die Fledermaus and the title role in Bizet’s opera Carmen. In 2012 she also thrilled audiences as Carmen at the Seefestspielen Berlin under Volker Schlöndorff’s musical direction. At the Deutsche Nationaltheater Weimar, Julia Rutigliano made her debut in 2014 as Charlotte in Massenet’s Werther and as Octavian in Strauss’s Rosenkavalier; she also triumphed in the title role of Donizetti’s La Favorite at the Staatstheater Cottbus. Recent engagements have taken her again to DNT Weimar, this time as Gertrud in Hänsel und Gretel, and to Warsaw’s Opera Narodowa as Carmen and to the Greek National Opera in Athens, in the title role for the premiere of Georges Dousis’s opera Hedda Gabler.
Julia Rutigliano has also distinguished herself in the Wagner repertoire – Opernwelt magazine called her "an outstanding Venus, with rich, dramatic vocals and incredible acting skills.” After singing the role of Siegrune in Wagner's Walküre (staging: Fura dels Baus) at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and at the Palau de les Arts in Valencia in 2013 under Zubin Mehta’s musical direction, the conductor invited her to Florence again the following year, this time as Brangäne in Wagner's Tristan und Isolde. In Valencia, she stepped in during dress rehearsals for Elisabeth Kulman as Fricka. Also in 2013, the singer made her debut at the Bayreuth Festival: under Kirill Petrenko, she performed in Frank Castorf’s staging of Ring des Nibelungen – as Wellgunde in Das Rheingold and Götterdämmerung and as Siegrune in Die Walküre; in 2014 and 2015, she returned there to reprise these roles. As Sigrune, she had her debut in 2016 at the Semperoper Dresden under the musical direction of Christian Thielemann, under Daniel Barenboim at the Staatsoper in the Schiller Theater Berlin (to be reprised again in 2019 at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden) and under Valery Gergiev in a concert performance at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. In 2017 she also gave concert performances under Marek Janowski as Wellgunde at the Elbphilharmonie, and at the Konzerthaus Dortmund and the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden. Additionally, she performed Grimgerde in the Walküre under Jaap van Zweden 2017 in Beijing, a co-production of the Salzburg Easter Festival. In 2020, she will perform Siegrune under the direction of Philippe Jordan in a new production staged by Calixto Bieito at the Opéra Bastille in Paris.
In concert performance, performing Verdi's Requiem with the Bayerischen Staatsorchester 2015 was one of her personal highlights. She continued her collaboration with Zubin Mehta in 2014, with Mahler's 2nd Symphony at the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Beethoven's 9th Symphony at the Maggio Musicale in Florence, and Bruckner's Te Deum with the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, and in 2018 with Mozart's Coronation Mass at the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. In addition, contemporary works by composers such as Thomas Adès, Detlev Glanert and Moritz Eggert – which she performed at the Bonn Theater, the festival A•DEvantgarde and the Munich Biennale – are musically very dear to her.
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