Originally from Danville, California, soprano Jessica Julin was a 2009 Grand Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Grand Auditions. In the same year, she completed her studies at the renowned Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia (AVA).
Recently, Ms. Julin traveled to Bilbao, Spain, to sing Mrs. Gleaton in the Spanish premiere of Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah with the ABAO. In November, 2010, she participated in a workshop of Nico Muhly’s new work Dark Sisters, with Gotham Chamber Opera in New York City. In 2011, Ms. Julin toured with the Ithaca College Symphony Orchestra as guest soloist, and collaborated with them again during the 2012-2013 season at Avery Fisher Hall for Poulenc's Gloria. She also sang the Queen of Hearts in an abridged version of Unsuk Chin's Alice in Wonderland with New York City Opera. She adds the title role in Turandot to her repertoire in 2014 with Shreveport Opera, and additionally covers the title roles in Tosca, for Opera Santa Barbara, and Ariadne auf Naxos, for Virginia Opera.
A winner of a number of prestigious competitions, 1st Prize awards include the J.P. Parkinson Competition, Lois Alba Aria Competition, the Giargiari Bel Canto Competition. Additionally, she received 3rd Prize in the 2009 Palm Beach Opera Vocal Competition and 5th Prize in the 2009 Loren L. Zachary Society Competition.
A favorite for Philadelphia concert performances, she sang Beethoven’s Symphony #9 in June 2010 with the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra in Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center. Other concerts at this venue include two appearances with The Philadelphia Orchestra, under the baton of Maestro Rafael Frübeck de Burgos, having made her debut with the company and conductor in 2008. Ms. Julin has also been invited to a two week working session at Teatro alla Scala in Milan, where she studied the roles of Tosca, Madama Butterfly and Amelia in Un ballo in Maschera.
While at AVA, Ms. Julin performed several roles to rave reviews, including: Eudossia in Respighi's La Fiamma, the title role in Vanessa, Agathe in Der Freischütz, as well as Freia in Das Rheingold. Additionally she has been seen as Fiordiligi in Chautauqua Institution’s production of Così fan tutte, as well as having portrayed major roles with Opera Fresca of California (Micaëla in Carmen in 2007 and Mimì in La bohème in 2006). Ms. Julin has previously participated the Young Artist Programs of Central City Opera and Utah Festival Opera.
While working on her Master of Music degree at Indiana University, Jessica Julin studied with Costanza Cuccaro and was the recipient of the Bain Scholarship, which carried full tuition coverage. Her performance in the collegiate premiere of William Bolcom’s A View from the Bridge was lauded as "mature beyond her years". In addition, she performed the soprano solo in Poulenc’s Gloria.
She continues to study with Bill Schuman in New York City while residing in Annapolis, Maryland.