Imogen Lewis Holland (Managing Director):
A “Buhnentier (stage animal)” (Musik Theater) with "a voluptuous timbre and virtuosic coloratura" (Diapason), French soprano Julie Fuchs has established herself as one the most exciting opera singers of her generation; dazzling audiences across the world’s premiere opera houses and concert halls. Winner of three Victoires de la Musique awards (including Opera Singer of the Year in 2021), second prize at Operalia in 2013, and Chevalier de l'ordre des Arts et des Lettres, her repertoire ranges from baroque to contemporary music with a focus on Mozart and Bel Canto heroines.
Julie’s 2023/24 season begins with a return to the Opéra national de Paris as Norina in Don Pasquale. She then makes her first role debut of the season as Gilda in Verdi's Rigoletto at Madrid's Teatro Real, followed by her American debut and role debut as the title role in Handel's Partenope at San Francisco Opera. A key pillar of Julie’s season are a series of prestigious recitals with pianist Alphonse Cemin including her Wigmore Hall house debut, Opéra du Rhin Strasbourg, Opéra de Lille, Opéra Avignon, the Kanaal Antwerp, Life Victoria Barcelona, Al Bustan Festival Lebanon, Théâtre de l'Athénée Paris and Olympia Municipal Music Theatre "Maria Callas" Athens. In concert, Julie looks forward to joining Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and Musiciens du Prince Monaco in a gala performance at the Vienna State Opera.
A Sony recording artist, Julie released her first album for the label, Amadè, in November 2022, which was accompanied by concerts at Grand Théâtre de Provence in Aix-en-Provence and at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris with the orchestra Les Siècles. Julie has previously released two solo albums on Deutsche Grammophon label: Yes! and Mademoiselle and her wider discography includes a recording of early songs by Mahler and Debussy with Alphonse Cemin, a disc of Songs for Piano and Voice by Poulenc (Atma Classique), a live recording of Leïla Les pêcheurs de perles (Pentatone), and a studio recording of Aspasia Mitridate (Warner Classics).
Leïla Les pêcheurs de perles
Eva La Morte d'Abel
Carolina Il matrimonio segreto
Mélisande Pelléas et Mélisande
Rita (title role)
Marie La fille du régiment
Lucia di Lammermoor (title role)
Adina L’elisir d’amore
Norina Don Pasquale
Juliette Roméo et Juliette
Christoph Williband GLUCK
Euridice Orfeo ed Euridice
Missia Palmieri La Veuve joyeuse
Alcina (title role)
Galatea Acis and Galatea
Cleopatra Giulio Cesare
Semele (title role)
Partenope (title role)
Ciboulette (title role)
Eliza My Fair Lade
Manon (title role)
Poppea L'incoronazione di Poppea
Konstanze Die Entführung auf dem Serail
Susanna Le nozze di Figaro
Giunia Lucio Silla
Pamina Die Zauberfloete
Eurydice Orphée aux Enfers
Ernestine M. Choufleuri restera chez lui le
Blanche Dialogues des Carmélites
Musetta La bohème
La Folie Platée
Alphise Les Boréades
Emilie/Fatime Les Indes galantes
La Contessa Folleville Il viaggio a Reims
La Comtesse Adele Le comte Ory
Fiorilla Il turco in Italia
Sophie Der Rosenkavalier
Rosane Le verità in cimento
Cantatas BMW 21, BMW 51
Ludwig van BEETHOVEN
Christ on the Mount of Olives
Mélodies de jeunesse
Mass in C minor
Vesperae solennes de confessore
Symphony No. 4
Lieder und Gesänge (vol.1)
Fiançailles pour rire
3 poèmes de Louise de Vilmorin
5 poèmes de Max Jacob
Die Peri Das Paradies und die Peri
6 Brentano Lieder
In 2018, Julie launched an international project which set out to prove that opera is open to anyone who wishes to attend, regardless of their income, background, education or age. Although many opera houses have made great efforts to create programs which aim to make opera affordable to everyone especially in recent years, those who have never been to the opera still often feel that the art form remains closed to them and feel unsure as to whether opera is 'for them'.
Known as the “down to earth diva,” who came from a family of modest means with no background in classical music, Julie is the perfect ambassador for this project as opera was opened to her at a young age.
Julie uses her active presence on social media as a vehicle to promote this initiative. She does this by:
1) Posting content to "open up" the operatic process to her followers and the followers on the @opearisopen account, giving them a behind-the-scenes look, and answering questions in her posts and stories.
2) Posting about the initiatives which dissolve financial barriers, educate or seek to include a broader public at each venue where she sings. (She informs her followers about student tickets, group tickets, senior tickets, last minute tickets etc.)
3) Holding competitions on her social media to win a pair of tickets. To by in with a chance, one of her followers must bring a guest that has never attended the opera. She then meets the winner, and shares their thoughts on social media about the experience.
4) Encouraging her colleagues and the companies where she sings to use the hashtag #operaisopen to spread the message that opera is truly open to anyone.