T E N O R
T E N O R
AGMA • AEA • CAEA
AGMA • AEA • CAEA
Internationally acclaimed Korean-American tenor, lauded as “brilliant” [Broadway World] and praised for his “golden-toned” voice [San Francisco Chronicle] with "unexpected stentorian power" [Boston Phoenix], Julius opened his 2018-2019 Season performing one of his acclaimed signature roles, Goro in MADAMA BUTTERFLY by Puccini, in his return to Pittsburgh Opera, and in his company début with LYRIC OPERA OF KANSAS CITY. He will also perform the role in his upcoming début with Virginia Opera. Julius has performed Goro in his débuts with Palm Beach Opera, Opera Carolina, Nashville Opera, San Francisco Opera, Canadian Opera Company, and Vancouver Opera, as well as with Michigan Opera Theatre, and in his London début with Raymond Gubbay, Ltd., in a spectacular in-the-round production at the famed Royal Albert Hall. Additionally, this Season, Julius will make his role and company débuts as Antenore in ZELMIRA by Rossini with Washington Concert Opera.
During the 2017-2018 Season, Julius performed the role of Pang in TURANDOT by Puccini, another role that has brought him acclaim and has become a signature in his wide-ranging repertoire, with San Francisco Opera, Vancouver Opera, and in his début with Tulsa Opera. He has performed the role also with Seattle Opera, Utah Opera, Michigan Opera Theatre, Cincinnati Opera, Opera Philadelphia, Pittsburgh Opera, and Atlanta Opera. In addition, the 2017-2018 Season also included Julius’ role début as Bardolfo in FALSTAFF by Verdi with Opera Omaha, as well as, his company début with Pacific Symphony, as Monostatos in THE MAGIC FLUTE by Mozart.
Julius joined the roster of The Metropolitan Opera as part of its 2013-2014 Season in its production of THE NOSE by Shostakovich, and went on to make his stage début as the Second Priest in THE MAGIC FLUTE. Additional production engagements with The Metropolitan Opera include TURANDOT, DIE FLEDERMAUS by J. Strauss, Jr, and RIGOLETTO by Verdi. Other notable engagements include: multiple roles in THE NOSE with Opera Boston; Tanzmeister and Brighella in ARIADNE AUF NAXOS by R. Strauss, Soldier in THE EMPEROR OF ATLANTIS by Ullmann, and Padre Ruffiano in THE INSPECTOR by Musto, with Boston Lyric Opera; Demo in GIASONE by Cavalli with Chicago Opera Theater; Sellem in RAKE’S PROGRESS by Stravinsky with the Princeton Festival; Basilio and Curzio in LE NOZZE DI FIGARO by Mozart with Lyric Opera Baltimore and Bar Harbor Music Festival; Monostatos in THE MAGIC FLUTE with Opera Carolina, Opera Omaha, Hawaii Opera Theatre, and Michigan Opera Theatre; and, Mark in THE MIDSUMMER MARRIAGE by Tippett, in concert, with Boston Modern Orchestra Project at Jordan Hall.
After being cast in STUCK ELEVATOR by Byron Au Yong and Aaron Jafferis, directed by Chay Yew, as part of the 2011 Sundance Institute Theatre Labs at Banff Centre, and again, at White Oak, Julius went on to create the lead role of Guang in the triumphant World Premiere with American Conservatory Theater as part of its 2012-2013 Season in San Francisco. His performances earned him San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in Theatre for Principal Actor in a Musical. He later reprised the role with The Arts and Ideas Festival in New Haven, Connecticut, and with New York Theatre Workshop. He has also performed the principal role of Conrado in a workshop performance of LONG SEASON by Chay Yew and Fabian Obispo, as part of Huntington Theatre Company’s Breaking Ground Festival. Additional role credits include King of Siam in THE KING AND I, and Duke/Dr. Carrasco in MAN OF LA MANCHA, as well as, roles in CAMELOT, RAGTIME, and TITANIC.
Julius has also performed, to great acclaim, the lead role of the Grouch in Robert Kapilow’s operatic adaptation of DR. SEUSS’ GREEN EGGS AND HAM as part of a double-bill with DR. SEUSS’ GERTRUDE MCFUZZ, also by Kapilow, in a joint production by Hawaii Opera Theatre, Honolulu Theatre for Youth, and the Honolulu Symphony, at the historic Hawaii Theatre in Honolulu.
Julius attended the New England Conservatory of Music, where he studied with the world-renowned tenor Vinson Cole, and performed a wide range of roles.
San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle
STUCK ELEVATOR by Au Yong & Jafferis
American Conservatory Theater
Ed Sylvanus Iskandar
Carl St. Clair
José Ramon Tebar
THE GHOSTS OF VERSAILLES by Corigliano
2006 - 2008
THE IMPRESARIO by Mozart
EGISTO by Cavalli
SUMMER AND SMOKE by Hoiby
ORPHEUS IN THE UNDERWORLD by Offenbach
DIDO AND AENEAS by Purcell
THE BREASTS OF TIRÉSIAS by Poulenc
2004 - 2006
LE NOZZE DI FIGARO by Mozart
ORPHÉE AUX ENFERS by Offenbach
2001 - 2004
THE MERRY WIDOW by Léhar
Hawaii Opera Theatre
LA BOHÈME by Puccini
Hawaii Opera Theatre
AMAHL AND THE NIGHT VISITORS by Menotti
2002 & 2003
La Théière, et. al.
L'ENFANT ET LES SORTILÈGES by Ravel