Julian Close


Julian recently returned from a season at the Metropolitan Opera, New York. He continues the year at the Royal Opera House singing Second Man in Armour/Die Zauberflöte) and Wotan/Das Rheingold in Birmingham Symphony Hall. Future engagements include The Lyric Opera of Chicago Ring cycle and a return to the Met for Lulu.

Appearances include Theatre Manager & Banker/Lulu (Met and Dutch National Opera); Fasolt (Washington National Opera and Opéra de Montréal); Fafner (Minnesota Opera); Ramfis/Aida (Pacific Symphony); and Baron Ochs/Der Rosenkavalier (Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires).

Hagen/Götterdämmerung (Scottish Opera); Commendatore/Don Giovanni and Sparafucile/Rigoletto (Wexford Festival); Wotan/Die Walküre (New Palace Opera); Hunding (Birmingham Symphony Orchestra); Lodovico/Otello (BBC Philharmonic); Osmin/Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Truffaldino/Ariadne auf Naxos, Dosifey/Khovanshchina, Athlete/Lulu, Pistol/Falstaff, Bonze/Madame Butterfly and Don Juan/From the House of the Dead (Welsh National Opera); Fafner and Don Basilio/Il barbiere di Siviglia (Longborough Festival Opera); Flemish Deputy/Don Carlo (Opera North); King Marke/Tristan und Isolde, Colonna/Rienzi, Landgraf Herrmann/Tannhäuser and Veit Pogner/Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg.

Julian has sung at the Royal Albert Hall, Bridgewater Hall, Barbican, Lincoln Center, New York, broadcast on radio and television internationally. He is the 2019 winner of the Carole Rees Award for Wagnerian singers.  

Previously for Longborough: Don Basilio/Il barbiere di Siviglia (2014), Fafner/Ring cycle (2013), Fafner/Siegfried (2011), Fafner/Das Rheingold (2007), Il commendatore/Don Giovanni (2006)