This production is just the sort of thing that keeps opera alive and relevant -brightestyoungthings.com
the company succeeded brilliantly... DaPonte would have approved -The Boston Musical Intelligencer
Winner of the National Opera Association’s 2017 Directing Fellowship, Julia Mintzer is a director, performer, creator, and teacher. Her interactive theater piece Pizza Parlance was listed in Nombre Art Magazine's "5 Must-Sees of Venice Biennale" and revived for NWR-Forum Düsseldorf. Her latest project, On Behalf of a Madman, was a political satire told in a pastiche of 18th-19th century opera with an original book and libretto. (“Quick-witted... a relevant evening of commentary.”—Arts Fuse.) Julia led an all-female cast of La Bohème for MassOpera, hailed by The Theater Times as “a fascinating, high-energy production.” Her La Cenerentola for Bel Cantanti Opera was acclaimed as “wildly funny…This production is just the sort of thing that keeps opera alive and relevant.” (brightestyoungthings.com)
Julia directed the first full staging of Beethoven's Fidelio with historical instruments in America, produced by period orchestra Grand Harmonie at Princeton University. Her performance piece Chacun a son gout was presented at STORE Contemporary (Dresden.) She staged an original work "Well I want it in writing, the smallest event and the secretest agency” at Cornell University’s Society for Humanities. Julia was sponsored by the European Network of Opera Academies to direct excerpts from Il barbiere di Siviglia at the Opera Academy of Verona, and was chosen by ENOA again to direct and develop a new work at the Helsinki Festival. This spring she stages Die Zauberflöte for the Potomac Vocal Institute and La Rondine for Delaware Valley Opera Company.
She has led seminars on the integration of technique and interpretation at the University of Cologne's Institute for Art and Art Theory, and has been a guest lecturer at Europa-Universität Flensburg and New England Conservatory Preparatory Division. She has directed scenes programs for the University of Dayton Early Music Ensemble, Opera for Humanity, and the Tanglewood Institute. Julia is a graduate of The Juilliard School and the Boston University Opera Institute, with additional studies at Columbia University and Europa-Universität Flensburg.
As a mezzo-soprano, 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. For the 2016-7 season she joined the Landestheater Schleswig-Holstein to sing the title role in Carmen and Elisabetta in Maria Stuarda, returning in 2017-8 season for Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana and Giulietta in Les Contes d’Hoffman before reprising the title role in Carmen at the Theater Lüneburg. She recently was seen aas Maria Stuarda at Theater Aachen, where she will sing Preziosilla in La forza del Destino and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. 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. She sang the first staged performance of David Lang’s Little Match Girl Passion at the Glimmerglass Festival.