Soprano JÚLIA COELHO comes from Portugal. She is pursuing her DMA in Vocal Performance and a Ph.D. in Musicology (AbD) at the University of North Texas, where she studies with mezzo-soprano Jennifer Lane. She obtained master’s degrees in voice and musicology from the University of Missouri (2018, 2017) and the Conservatory of Avellino in Italy (2013), and a BA in Philosophy from the University of Lisbon in Portugal (2010).
Recently, Ms. Coelho performed the complete role of First Witch in the Baroque opera Dido and Aeneas by Purcell (2021), performed and recorded the soprano role for the micro-opera Vessels by Chris Poovey (2021), and won the third prize in the Opera category and was named semi-finalist in the Art Song and Oratorio category (university division) of the 2021 competition “The American Prize.”
Previously, she sang at the Baroque Opera Workshop in Queens, NY (Poppea [Poppea, Monteverdi] and at the Amherst Early Music Festival (Orontea [Orontea, Cesti]) under the direction of Julianne Baird, and at MU in operas and staged scenes as Suor Genevieffa (Suor Angelica, Puccini), Cleopatra (Giulio Cesare, Händel), Amina (La Sonnambula, Bellini), among other roles.
In addition to her vocal performance activities, Ms. Coelho often plays the Gothic harp and keyboard to accompany her singing, frequently performing her own arrangements and compositions. As a scholar performer, she has peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on 13th-century Galician-Portuguese Cantigas d’amigo of Martin Codax (2022), 17th-century German Musica Poetica (2021), Claudio Monteverdi (2018), Händel’s Messiah (2015), and a a book translation on 17th-century theorists Pietro Cerone and Wolfgang Schonsleder (2018). http://www.xjcoelhox.wixsite.com/juliacoelho
You can find Júlia’s 2022 Baroque Music Competition duet performance here.
You can find Júlia’s 2022 Baroque Music Competition vocal performance here.