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Welcome to juliangavin.com
Hi! Welcome to the latest update of my website. I hope that you find it convenient and easy to find the information that you are after. Please check back from time to time as I will update this information as and when it changes. Also feel free to drop me a line. Check the contact page for detail of how you can do this. I would welcome any comments and feedback about the site or indeed, anything else connected with singing. Although I cannot promise to deal with each and every query, I will do my level best!

Latest News

The 2010/11 season has got off to an very exciting and artistically satisfying start with the huge success of Catherine Malfitano's wonderful new production of Tosca for ENO. We have just finished a long run of performances that were ecstatically received by audiences in critically acclaimed. I was privileged to be part of an outstanding artistic team and with wonderful colleagues on stage, not the least being Amanda Eschelaz whose Tosca was breathtaking and very moving. Ed Gardiner was a tower of strength in the pit and a hugely supportive conductor who drew breathtaking sounds from the orchestra. One never wanted to give less than a 110% for him. I have begun rehearsals for Zandonai's masterpiece, Francesca da Rimini and I am enjoying the enormous challenges that this music and libretto pose. Earlier in the year I completed a series of recording sessions with Belinda Webster from Tall Poppies of two of my mother's song cycles. My sister was my associate artist in this labour of love and we recorded in the warm acoustic of Ian Roach Hall at Scotch College in Melbourne. The sessions were intense and intensive and I am very much looking forward to hearing the first edits. Watch this space for news of release date of the recording and for ways and means of purchasing a copy.

Speaking of recordings, the new Chandos Don Carlos has been very well received with a number of very favourable reviews. See my recordings page for further information. I spoke about the role of Don Carlos and a number of other things in a recent interview with Dominic McHugh for
Musical Criticism If you are not familiar with this excellent resource then click on the link and explore its informative mix of news, record and performance reviews and extensive interviews. There are also several photos from the Opera North production included with my interview.

I have recently updated the schedule to include some new engagements. I am particularly excited about the Radames which I will sing with Opera Queensland in October of next year. This will follow closely on the heels of another new role, that of Paolo in Zandonai's extraordinary masterpiece Fancesca da Rimini. In the middle of all this my second daughter will get married. We had the first wedding this September. Both girls got me to check my schedule before locking in their respective dates and I swore that they would be sacrosanct even if the Met came calling!

Teaching Opportunities

Although I have an extremely busy schedule I do try to make some time for teaching and coaching and the main thrust of my work is with young singers on the threshold of their careers and established professionals. I don't normally take begineers because with my schedule it is difficult to provide an adequate level of supervision and nurture. If you are interested please contact me through the e-mail address on the contact page.

Further developments to the site

I have recently added in some new links to audio tracks and some recent photos from performances. This is work in progress so please be patient if it doesn't work first time. I am learning to ropes as I go!

New repertoire

One of the great adventures of a singing career is that there is a process of constant evolution and as some repertoire disappears off the screen new and exciting possibilities come into view. In Japan recently, I sang in my 11th different production of Carmen and I still found every night a fresh and exciting experience, where I discovered anew the power of this magnificent work. I enjoyed performing the role of Florestan in Opera Australia's recent production and it proved to be a great success. There will definitely be more Germanic repertoire in subsequent seasons and this will probably mean that I will reluctantly leave some treasured repertoire behind. Having said this, I was pleasantly surprised to find how well the Des Grieux still suited me. The French lyric repertoire remains closest to my heart. I yearn for a Werther but realise that the realities of the Box Office are probably against me. I am more confident that my desire to sing Lohengrin and Walter will meet with opportunities. There are a number of very exciting projects that I have agreed to that I am not at liberty to divulge as yet, so keep checking back. I will update as soon as I can.

Audio Excerpts

I just thought I would add a word or two about some of the audio material. I have included two songs from my mother's setting of some of Houseman's Shropshire Lad poems. There are 14 songs in all and it is a truly remarkable cycle. It is a cherished dream of mine to perform these songs often and help to make more widely known. There are a number of other important works including a fully complete opera. I will provide more information about this in the future
I also included a setting of Bless this House which is there more for its sentimental value as my whole family is performing together, my mother and sister who performed regularly as duo pianists, my father who was my first teacher and my brother with whom I had the honour of first singing the Pearlfishers duet. All are private recordings of live performances, warts and all! I hope you enjoy them.