Mezzo-soprano Julia Soojin Cavallaro enjoys a richly varied career in oratorio, opera, choral, and chamber music. Critics have praised her “round, chocolaty tone” (Boston Classical Review) and her “warm mezzo, perfect diction, and easy phrasing” (New York Classical Review).
Born and raised in the Boston area, Ms. Cavallaro grew up in an Italian/Korean American household filled with music and art. A graduate of Harvard College and Boston University, she has since gone on to sing with many of the leading ensembles in New England, including the Handel and Haydn Society, Boston Early Music Festival, Boston Landmarks Orchestra, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Boston Opera Collaborative, and New Camerata Opera. Frequently heard as an oratorio soloist, her recent concert highlights include the Bach Magnificat, Handel Messiah, Mozart Requiem, and Vivaldi Gloria. Opera roles include Cupid in Blow’s Venus & Adonis, the Sorceress in Purcell’s Dido & Aeneas, and Madame de Volanges in Susa’s The Dangerous Liaisons.
Ms. Cavallaro is an active chamber musician and recitalist, and is particularly passionate about early music, art song, and contemporary repertoire. In collaboration with composer and pianist Rodney Lister, she has performed works by Babbitt, Brahms, Fauré, Finzi, Lister, Poulenc, and others. In addition to her career as a vocalist, she composes for voice, piano, and chamber ensemble, having studied with John McDonald at Tufts University. She currently resides in New Haven, CT, where she sings with the choirs of St. Thomas’s Episcopal Church and the Episcopal Church at Yale. www.juliacavallaro.com