From the 2021/22 season, Juliana Zara is a member of Staatstheater Darmstadt. From 2019 to 2021, the coloratura soprano was a member of Bayerische Staatsoper‘s opera studio, where her repertoire included Frasquita in Bizet’s Carmen, Mercedes del Rossa in Lehár’s Schön ist die Welt, Najade in Strauss‘ Ariadne auf Naxos, Isotta in Strauss‘ Die schweigsame Frau, Philine in Thomas‘ Mignon and Sopran Digital in the world premiere of Srnka’s Singularity. In 2021, she took part in the world premiere of Santcovsky’s Transstimme at the Munich Biennale, to be released on video.
Juliana Zara’s operatic repertoire includes Sophie in Massenet’s Werther, Blonde in Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Queen of the Night in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Zerbinetta in Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos and Adele in Strauß’ Die Fledermaus. She has worked with directors including Nicolas Brieger, Christiane Lutz and Blanka Rádóczy. The American coloratura soprano will sing Bubikopf in Ullmann’s Der Kaiser von Atlantis in Munich in October 2021, accompanied by Münchner Rundfunkorchester.
Juliana Zara has a particular interest in contemporary works and has performed Barber’s Knoxville Summer of 1915, Haven’s dream house, Ligeti’s Le Grand macabre, Neuwirth’s Piazza dei Numeri, Rihm’s Ophelia Sings and Orff’s Carmina Burana with full orchestra as well as Delage’s Quatres poèmes hindous and Clérambault’s Orphée with chamber ensembles. She also loves to sing recital repertoire and has performed Debussy’s Ariettes oubliées as well as a shared recital at Carnegie Hall.
In 2017, Juliana Zara made her debut at Boston Early Music Festival. She has subsequently performed with Bayerisches Staatsorchester, ECHO Ensemble Berlin, Göttinger Symphoniker, Klangforum Wien, Münchener Kammerorchester, Oberlin Baroque Ensemble and Oberlin Chamber Ensemble. At Bayerische Staatsoper, she has worked with conductors such as Andrea Battistoni, Ivor Bolton, Paolo Carignani, Constantinos Carydis, Pierre Dumoussaud, Asher Fisch, Patrick Hahn, Friedrich Haider, Vladimir Jurowski and Antonello Manacorda.
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