British soprano Julia Daramy-Williams is a graduate of the Alexander Gibson Opera School of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, under the guidance of Stephen Robertson, Elizabeth McCormack and Kathleen McKellar Ferguson. Nominated this year for the Olivier Awards’ Outstanding Achievement in Opera, the Ensemble of Porgy and Bess, of which Julia was a member, gave highly acclaimed performances of Gershwin’s opera for English National Opera and Dutch National Opera. Julia returns to English National Opera for their 2019/20 season as one of their first BAME Chorus Fellows.
Julia’s operatic roles include Young Woman (The Day After), Second Young Nun (The Fiery Angel) Fourth Maid (Elektra), Miss Austin (The Elephant Angel), Iseut (Le vin herbé), Mrs Coyle (Owen Wingrave) and Giunone (Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria). In scenes, she has performed La Contessa (Le nozze di Figaro), Miss Jessel (Turn of the Screw), Fiordiligi (Cosi fan tutte) and Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), Helena (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Héro (Béatrice et Bénédict), Mimì (La Bohème) and Ariadne (Ariadne auf Naxos).
As a keen interpreter of modern works, Julia created the role of Flopsy in Andrew Gant’s opera for children Tod! and gave the world première of The Flannan Isle, a work for soprano, brass ensemble and organ by celebrated trumpet player John Wallace. Notable concert engagements include Strauss’ Four Last Songs with Stirling Orchestra and Ravel’s Shéhérazade under the baton of Rory Macdonald with RCS Symphony Orchestra.
Julia looks forward to joining Grange Park Opera for their production of Porgy and Bess as the Strawberry Woman.
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