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Biography

Julie Comparini undertook professional stage acting training at a young age and made their singing debut at the age of seventeen in a production of Judas Maccabaeus conducted by Nicholas McGegan. They went on to complete degrees in cognitive science/linguistics at the University of California, Berkeley and early music singing at the Hochschule für Künste in Bremen.

Photo © Anna Matz
Photo © Anna Matz

A specialist in early music, new music and multimedia theater, their repertoire includes rare or newly re-discovered early operas such as Le Cinesi (Festival Alte Musik Knechtsteden), The Dragon of Wantley (Tage der Barockmusik Schrobenhausen), Orpheus, oder die wunderbare Beständigkeit der Liebe (Donaufestwochen), and Doktor und Apotheker (Schloss Rheinsberg) as well as the „Stadtteiloper“ Menuchims Reise (Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie), the world premiere of the operetta Cabaret Voltaire (Taschenphilharmonie München) and the scenic production Weihnachtsoratorium unwrapped (Burghof Lörrach, Festival Nox Illuminata). They created the scenic concerts Some Strange Felicity, Métamorphoses and Die Nachtigall for the Belgian ensemble Sospiri Ardenti, which have been performed at the Leipziger Bachfest, the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, the Vlaamse Oper, the Hessicher Rundfunk and throughout Flanders.

Photo © Felix Patzelt
Photo © Felix Patzelt

As a concert and ensemble singer, they sang the title role in the modern premiere of Simon Mayrs Jacob a Labano fugiens and have performed under the direction of Olof Boman, Michi Gaigg, and Thomas Hengelbrock. They appear regularly with the Balthasar-Neumann-Chor and the Brechtlieder- and “Heimatabend” performances at the Bremer Arbeitnehmerkammer and have sung more than 100 Bach cantatas as part of the project “Laudate-Cantate” at the Kirche Unser Lieben Frauen in Bremen.

Their academic work includes lectures on various musicological and linguistic subjects and translations of Baroque song texts for Edition Raumklang and the ortus Musikverlag, as well as teaching singing in the early music department of the Hochschule für Künste Bremen and seminars in Renaissance notation in Germany and abroad. They founded and curated the Musikfilmfestival Bremen with harpsichordist Alina Rotaru.