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Julie GEBHART, Soprano

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From very early on, Julie was passionate about singing. After school she would engage in her favourite pastime, playing various characters and singing in her garden for hours. Her musical education also began when she was very young, as her parents introduced her to piano playing at the age of 5. At the age of 16, Julie began to listen to opera singers, she was impressed and attracted by the beauty of operatic art and from that moment onwards was determined to become an opera singer herself.

Soon she assiduously followed the technical and interpretative advice from her teacher Daniel Ottevaere at the Conservatory of Valenciennes – where she received a gold medal for the completion of her studies and a first prize in the category of advancement – as well as at the École Normale de Musique A. Cortot in Paris. She currently keeps perfecting her singing under the tutelage of Olga Toporkova.

Her interest in achieving ever finer interpretations and in making increasingly refined stylistic choices motivates Julie to attend various master classes, in which she has had the opportunity to study with Renata Scotto, Tom Krause, José Van Dam, the opera stage director Tito Capobianco, Natalie Dessay, Linda Watson, Dietrich Henschel, Bernarda Fink and the conductor Alberto Zedda.

From October 2015 to June 2017 Julie has been a member of the International Opera Academy of Gent (the only opera studio in Belgium), which enabled her to perform in various theaters across Belgium (Concert Hall of Ghent and Antwerp Opera, Alden Biesen castle, etc.) and to incarnate the roles of Eleonora from the opera “Prima la musica e poi le parole” by Salieri, and Euridice from the opera “Orpheus” by Teleman under the baton of Korneel Bernolet (at Bozar Brussels ; Het Paleis Antwerp ; CCHA Hasselt ; Minard Gent ; the Music Chapel Waterloo). She also performed as a “Zwaantje” in the creation “Zwanemans”, a production diercted by Guy Joosten and conducted by Michiel Delanghe at Opera Vlaanderen Gent and the Het Paleis, Antwerp. Since August 2017, Julie is an artist in residence at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel where she takes regular lessons with José van Dam and Sophie Koch.

Julie had the opportunity to perform in famous concert halls such as Flagey with the Liège Royal Opera Orchestra directed by the conductor Giampaolo Misanti ; UNESCO’s Grand Auditorium in Paris where she interpreted the first part of a concert by the famous pianist Denis Matsuev; the Hofburg concert hall in Vienna; the Théâtre Royal du Parc in Brussels; the Appeldoorn Amphitheatre in the Netherlands; and the Catamarca Amphitheatre in Argentina. Within the Opera Mobile troupe in Brussels, she sang the roles of Euridice (by Gluck), Gretel and Bastienne. In 2017, the duo Julie Gebhart and Pablo Matias Becerra was selected to be part of the movie Brussels swings promoted by Flagey and realised by Marie-Jo Lafontaine.

She has also performed at numerous festivals. These include the festival Eté Mosan with a programme dedicated to Enrique Granados music; the festival of Nancy, where she sang an exclusively German repertoire; the Cantus Formus where she interpreted the cycle of contemporary melodies of Jean Louis Mansart (Director of École Normale); the Festival of Vitré, where she sang in duo with the acclaimed Russian baritone Vladimir Chernov; the “Coup Opéra” festival in the Netherlands; Musicamparts in France and the festival des Minimes in Brussels where she sang with orchestra.

Both Julie’s singing and acting talent have received acclaim: after being chosen by the radio Musiq’3 as the artist representing Belgium for the competition « Young soloists of the french public medias », she won the prize of the public. At a younger age, she was awarded the second prize in the international Flame Competition in Paris and the first prize in the International Cobelli Lieder Competition in Brescia in Italy, where she was accompanied by her pianist partner, Pablo Matias Becerra.

Julie masters several languages: French (maternal language), German (paternal language), English (perfect fluency), as well as good Italian and Dutch; she is also comfortable with Russian pronunciation. This enables her to be very much at ease with all the different repertoires of classical music.

Julie’s vocal textures are the ones of a young operatic soprano who is very flexible with respect to vocal style: she sings Mozart arias (including Ilia, Aminta, Suzanne), Bel Canto (Giulietta, Gilda, Lucia), French opera (Leila, Manon, Juliette), more contemporary arias (Anne Truelove, Monica), and she adores interpreting Lieder and melodies, having a particular penchant for the music of R. Strauss.

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