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Biography

Julie Comparini undertook professional stage acting training at a young age and later completed 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, The Dragon of Wantley, Orpheus, oder die wunderbare Beständigkeit der Liebe and Doktor und Apotheker as well as in interdisciplinary theater pieces such as the„Stadtteiloper“ Menuchims Reise, the world premiere of the operetta Cabaret Voltaire and the scenic production Weihnachtsoratorium unwrapped. They are a founding member of the Belgian ensemble Sospiri Ardenti, for whom they created the scenic concerts Some Strange Felicity, Métamorphoses and De nachtegaal, a pasticcio opera for children with music by G.P. Telemann.

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, seminars, teaching voice and Renaissance notation, and translating Baroque song texts. They founded and curated the Musikfilmfestival Bremen with harpsichordist Alina Rotaru.