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Julia Rolwing


Ohio native, Julia Rolwing, has been hailed in reviews as a soprano with “a very dramatic presence” (Scarsdale Gazette), a singer with “a splendid voice”, and “a soaring soprano” (The Italian Voice), “a thrilling performer” (Dan’s Papers), and as “absolutely transfiguring” with a voice “rounded and rich” (Washington Post), with singing that is “impeccable... sympathetic and erotic” (America Oggi), and “unforgettable” with “no fear of the high notes” (Voce di Meche).      Her operatic roles have included the title roles of Verdi’s Aida, Puccini’s Tosca, Massenet’s Cendrillon (Cinderella), and Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, in addition to Mozart’s leading ladies, Donna Anna (Don Giovanni) and Countess Almaviva (Le Nozze di Figaro), along with the Wagnerian roles of Senta (The Flying Dutchman), Sieglinde (Die Walküre), and Freia (Das Rheingold).  Additional roles have included Ann Page in Merry Wives of Windsor, Lady Billows in Albert Herring, and the Mother in both Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel and Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors, Elisabetta in Verdi’s Don Carlos, and Puccini’s Manon Lescaut.  Julia has sung the title role of Tosca with Abilene Opera in Texas, and made her debut as Senta in Wagner’s Der Fliegende Holländer with Opera Roanoke, under Metropolitan Opera conductor Steven White, and recently she sang the role of Isolde in Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde, under Maestro David Gilbert, of the Greenwich Symphony, the NY Philharmonic and Wagner’s own opera house in Bayreuth, Germany.  Julia’s concertizing includes, among others, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, the Verdi Requiem, Duruflè's Requiem, Strauss’ Four Last Songs, with various orchestras, along with many solo recitals across the United States.  Miss Rolwing is a recipient of 1st Place Awards from The Liederkranz Foundation and the Wagner Society of New York, along with top awards from the Wagner Societies of Washington, D.C., Northern California, Boston, Ohio and Chicago, the Yrjö Kilpinen Society of North America, the Jüssi Björling Society, the Anna Sosenko Artist Trust, the Joyce Dutka Foundation, and the Altamura/Caruso Foundation.  Her mentors have included famed singers such as Evelyn Lear, Carol Vaness, and Helen Donath.  She holds a Doctorate from the University of Miami and is on the faculties of Montclair State and Kean Universities, in New Jersey.