The American Julia Mintzer… was a true Carmen: extremely sensual, with the grace of a serpent, the violence of a tiger, and a mezzo of penetrating depth. -La Presse(Montreal)
Mintzer was especially impressive in a part that called for prodigious breath control and pinpoint accuracy. -Opera News
Julia Mintzer enjoys a varied career in standard and contemporary repertoire in the United States and Europe. Hailed by Montreal’s La Presse as “a true Carmen: extremely sensual, with the grace of a serpent, the violence of a tiger, and a mezzo of penetrating depth,” Julia has performed principal roles at Washington National Opera, Die Semperoper Dresden, and The Glimmerglass Festival. She makes her UK debut in spring of 2020 in the title role of Carmen at Welsh National Opera, in a new production directed by Jo Davies.
Julia was member of the Junges Ensemble at the Semperoper Dresden from 2013-15 and a young artist at the Washington National Opera from 2012-13. In 2015-16 she returned to Washington National Opera as Hansel and to the Dresden Semperoper as Mercédès. Her previous roles for the Dresden Semperoper include the leading role in Der Teufel mit den drei goldenen Haaren, Zweite Dame, Flora, The Page (Salome), Dryade, and Emma May in the world premiere of Tsangaris's Karl May: Raum der Wahrheit. At the Washington National Opera, her roles were Hansel, Clotilde (Norma) and Giovanna Seymour (Anna Bolena – WNO Opera Insight, Kennedy Center). She sang the first staged performance of David Lang’s Little Match Girl Passion at the Glimmerglass Festival in 2013. Recently, Julia has been seen as Elisabetta in Maria Stuarda and Preziosilla in La forza del Destino at Theater Aachen. She joined the Landestheater Schleswig-Holstein to sing the title role in Carmen and Elisabetta in Maria Stuarda, returning for Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana and Giulietta in Les Contes d’Hoffman before reprising the title role in Carmen at the Theater Lüneburg.
Julia graduated from The Juilliard School and the Boston University Opera Institute. She sang the title role in La Tragédie de Carmen and Stephano in Roméo et Juliette with Dayton Opera before joining the Apprentice Program at Santa Fe Opera. She appeared as Petra in A Little Night Music at The Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice and Suzuki with Florentine Opera. Her concert engagements include Handel's Messiah with Boston Baroque, Washington National Cathedral, and the Toledo Symphony and Mozart's Requiem at Washington National Cathedral.
Also an accomplished stage director, Julia was the 2017 Winner of the National Opera Association’s JoElyn Wakefield-Wright Directing Fellowship. Her interactive theater piece Pizza Parlance was listed in Nombre Art Magazine's "5 Must-Sees of Venice Biennale” and she has directed and developed new works at the Helsinki Festival, NRW-Forum Düsseldorf, and Cornell University.She has staged Fidelio at Princeton University with Grand Harmonie Period Orchestra in 2016 and La Bohème for MassOpera in 2017, lauded by The Theater Times as "a highly energetic, fascinating production."