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Julien Van Mellaerts


Winner of the Wigmore Hall / Kohn Foundation International Song Compeititon, the Kathleen Ferrier Awards and both the Maureen Forrester Prize and the German Lied Award at the Concours musical international de Montréal, Julien Van Mellaerts represented New Zealand at Cardiff Singer of the World 2019. With Dyaln Perez, he is Co-Founder of and Co-Curator for Opera in Song at Opera Holland Park.

Recital engagements have included At The World’s Edge Festival; Chamber Music New Zealand; London’s Wigmore Hall; Berlin’s Pierre Boulez Saal; the Juan March Foundation, Madrid; LIFE Victoria, Barcelona; and Northern Ireland Opera’s Glenarm Festival of Voice.

Current engagements include the title role in Wozzeck for Orchestra Wellington, Oreste Iphigénie en Tauride for Opéra national de Lorraine, Guglielmo Così fan tutte for New Zealand Opera, Masetto Don Giovanni at both Salzburg Mozart Week and the Verbier Festival, Schaunard La bohème for Israeli Opera, J. S. Bach’s Ich habe genug with BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Brahms’ German Requiem with Ensemble Aedes, Mahler’s Des Knaben Wunderhorn with Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Vaughan Williams Serenade to Music with Nash Ensemble and the premiere of Adrian Williams’ The Innocent Fields at the Presteigne Festival.

His recordings include Rodelinda on Accent CD, Samuel Barber’s Dover Beach on Resonus Classics CD, Russell Pascoe’s Secular Requiem on Regents Records and his debut recital CD Songs of Travel and Home, with James Baillieu, on Champs Hill Records. Most recently released is Songs of the Night with Rowan Pierce and Lucy Colquhoun, also on Champs Hill.

Updated: 31/08/2023

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