About Julian

Dr. Julian Close welcomes you to his new website.

Julian began his working life as a PhD in Applied Physics at Leeds University, latterly discovering his passion for opera in the same city. The same fervour that he engendered as a scientist is carried forward in his artistic endeavours today, with some interesting parallels.

His studies and singing development took him to Bayreuth Festspielhaus and The Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, before entering the profession as a principal artist.

Julian has been developing an exciting, international career, specialising in the music of  Wagner, Berg, Richard Strauss and Verdi. Recent highlights include his house and role debut at Teatro Colon, Argentina as Baron Ochs in Der Rosenkavalier,  following his covering of the role at The Metropolitan Opera, New York in the same season.

On the concert platform, Julian has most recently performed Mahler’s 8th Symphony as Pater Profundus in Ely Cathedral and Mozart Requiem for the North Wales International Music Festival in St. Asaph Cathedral.

Highlights of Julian’s 2018-2019 season included his house debut for Opera de Montreal as Fasolt Das Rheingold, and covering Lodovico Otello, Arkel Pelleas et Melisande, Sparafucile Rigoletto, Fafner & Hagen Der Ring des Nibelungen for The Metropolitan Opera, New York.

The 2019-2020 season began with his singing Don Basilio The Barber of Seville at The Tobacco Factory, Bristol for Opera Project, followed by his long awaited house debut as Second Armed Man Die Zauberflote at Royal Opera, Covent Garden. Further engagements this season include Wotan Das Rheingold in a concert performance with Chandos Orchestra at Symphony Hall, Birmingham, Lyric Opera Chicago for Der Ring des Nibelungen, Hunding Die Walkure for Longborough Festival Opera directed by Amy Lane & conducted by Anthony Negus and an exciting title role debut in Bluebeard’s Castle for Grimeborn Festival, London later this summer.

Future seasons see his return to The Metropolitan Opera stage for Lulu and his company debut for Garsington Opera in 2021.