Julie-Anne Hamula, soprano, has been praised as a “lovely lyric soprano” (Musical America, Jan. 2012) whose “astonishing performance, brilliant soprano and thrilling embellishments were augmented by the most subtle and heart-rending acting” (vocedimeche, 2013). Recently, she sang the title role in Verdi’s La Traviata with the Northern Dutchess Symphony Orchestra, Berenice in Rossini’s L’occasione fa il ladro with Little OPERA Theatre of NY, and Lydia Larkspur in the NY Premiere of Kirke Mechem’s The Rivals with Bronx Opera. In the past couple of seasons, she has performed Helena in Opera Naples‘ production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Lauretta in Opera Experience Southeast’s Gianni Schicchi. Tormentilla in Ralph Vaughn Williams’ The Poisoned Kiss, with Bronx Opera, the title role in Friml’s Rose-Marie with Light Opera of New York, Magnolia Hawks in Opera Naples’ production of Showboat, Donna Anna (Don Giovanni) with Cape Cod Opera, and Antonia in Les Contes d’Hoffman with Tri-Cities Opera. Also, with Tri-Cities Opera, she has sung Fiordiligi in Cosí fan tutte, Adina in L’elisir d’amore , Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, and Gilda in Rigoletto.
Ms. Hamula has sung the title role in Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah with The Butler Opera Center in Austin, TX, and Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), in Costa Rica, Mexico, and Austin, in which she was lauded for her “technically sound, rich performance” (The Austin Chronicle). Other roles with the Butler Opera Center include the Governess in Turn of the Screw, and Lady Madeline in the American premiere of Debussy’s opera La Chute de la Maison Usher.
The past couple years, Ms. Hamula was the Winner of the Jenny Lind Competition, Connecticut Concert Opera’s American Opera Idol Competition, the 5 Towns Music and Arts Foundation Competition, a Grant Winner from The CareerBridges Foundation, the 2nd Place winner of the Kosciuszko Foundation’s Marcella Sembrich Vocal Competition, the 2nd Place winner of the National Federation of Music Club’s Biennial Young Artist Awards, and winner of the Bel Canto Award at the Orpheus Competition. In 2011, she was the Winner of the Marcella Kochanska Sembrich Vocal Competition sponsored by the American Council for Polish Culture, a recipient of a CareerBridges Encouragement Award, finalist in the Liederkranz Competition General Opera Division, a guild encouragement recipient at the Palm Beach Opera Competition, and the recipient of the Phyllis Bryn-Julson Award at the Civic Morning Musicals Competition in Syracuse, NY.
Ms. Hamula attended Westminster Choir College for her B.M. in voice performance and completed her Master of Music at University of Texas’ Butler Opera Center. Upcoming performances include Gianni Schicchi with Raylynmor Opera, La Traviata with Delaware Valley Opera, and her role debut of Musetta in La Bohème with Fundacion ProLirica de Antioquia, in Medellin, Colombia.