Julia has a B.A Honours in English Language and Literature (Melbourne University) , a Dip Ed. (Melbourne University), a Cert IV in Education and TraIning and an Associate Diploma in Opera and Music Theatre from the Victorian College of the Arts.
She has performed the roles of Despina in Cosi Fan Tutte, Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro, Iphis in Handel’s Jephtha , Papagena in The Magic Flute (Opera ACT ) Polly Peachum in The Beggar’s Opera (Opera ACT) _ Musetta in La Boheme Frasquita in Carmen, Lola in Cavelleria Rusticana (Melbourne City Opera) as well as appearing as a soloist in Handel, Vivaldi, Bach, Mozart and Haydn oratorios and cantatas.
Julia taught secondary school English/Drama for some years, while pursuing her singing and other interests: sculpture, writing and puppetry. Twelve years ago Julia resigned from her teaching position to become a full-time puppeteer with Dream Puppets and she has travelled and performed puppet theatre in festivals in Europe, the Middle East, South America and Asia.
Her puppet production of Macbeth was performed over 200 times in Victorian and SA secondary schools and she has recorded several vocal and musical soundtracks. Julia taught puppetry for 5 years within the Theatre Arts course at Swinburne, Prahran, and has achieved some recognition for her ‘celebrity’ puppets, especially her political figures and caricatures.
When Julia began studying singing with Graham Clarke in the early 2000’s she discovered her ‘inner mezzo’ and embraced the coloratura mezzo-soprano repertoire with enthusiasm. Julia also loves to sing German Lieder and art songs. Julia performed some of this repertoire in Acoustic Voice’s Recital program in Mexico in 2014 and sang in Buenos Aires in 2015.