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Julian Charles Debreuil

Described as having 'a well-chiselled voice' (Opera Magazine) and 'a bright, attractive sound full of vocal colour' (The Wagner Society), bass-baritone Julian Debreuil is quickly gaining recognition as an artist 'who sings with power and sonority' (Classic Toulouse). He studied singing, conducting and composition at the Royal College of Music and the Georg Solti Accademia where he was the recipient of major awards from the Wingate Foundation, English Speaking Union, Musicians Benevolent Fund, Royal Society of Musicians, Josephine Baker Trust and the Benslow Music Trust. During this time he also was a finalist in the John Warner Memorial Award, Hampshire Singer of the Year, RCM English Song and RCM Lieder Competitions. After completing his studies Julian became a member of the Welsh National Opera Company with whom he performed at home in the Millennium Centre and on tour throughout the UK and abroad for the 2005 and 2006 seasons. He has since rapidly established himself as an accomplished interpreter of the bass and bass-baritone operatic and concert repertoire.

Julian's ample experience on the oratorio circuit continues to take him to important concert venues in his home city of London, across the UK and abroad, in music ranging from the Baroque to the Contemporary. Recent highlights include Haydn Nelson Mass with the London Mozart Players at Cadogan Hall, J. S. Bach Johannes-Passion with the London Handel Players in Chelmsford Cathedral, Verdi Messa da Requiem with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall, Elgar The Dream of Gerontius with the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra at the Leiszhalle, Handel Messiah with the London Festival Orchestra in St James' Piccadilly and J. S. Bach Weihnachts-Oratorium with the Corelli Baroque Orchestra in Tewkesbury Abbey and St John's Smith Square. In the contemporary genre Julian has premiered Magnus Lindberg's Graffiti and Jonathan Powell's The Prussian Requiem with the Philharmonia Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall. Eminent conductors with whom he has worked with in these projects include Essa-Pekka Salonen, Jeffrey Tate, Daniele Gatti, Andre de Ridder, Richard Bonynge, Bernard Haitink, Jose Serebrier and Peter Schreier. In recital Julian has appeared at Wigmore Hall, Snape Maltings Concert Hall for Aldeburgh Music, Oxford Lieder Festival, Chelsea Schubert Festival and the Christ Church Cathedral Recital Series working with, among others, Julius Drake, James Cheung and William Vann.

Julian has worked for major touring companies and theatres in the UK such as Welsh National Opera, Soho Theatre, Charing Cross Theatre, Diva Opera, Opera Project, Pavilion Opera and Regents Opera. Further afield he has sung roles with theatres and festivals in France, Italy and Switzerland such as Le Theatre l'Italienne, Les Azuriales Festival, Festival de la Vezere, Festival de Bourgogne, Le Theatre du Passage and the Ravenna Opera Festival. Roles with these companies have included Filippo and The Monk in Don Carlo, Banquo in Macbeth, Colline in La Bohème, Masetto & Il Commendatore in Don Giovanni, Basilio in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Escamillio and Zuniga in Carmen and Don Inigo Gomez in L'Heure Espagnol.

With a voice ideally suited to the late classical and romantic repertoire, these form the core of Julian's operatic work. The beginning of 2016 saw him singing the role of Lorenzo in Bellini's I Capuleti ei Monthecchi with Pop-Up Opera at venues across the UK including the Marine Theatre, Victoria Warehouse, Brunel Tunnels, Court Gardens, The Vaults, Bath Function Rooms, The Minack Theatre, The Anthony Burgess Foundation and the Tabacco Factory Theatre. Julian then went on to sing the roles of Masetto and Il Commendatore in the Salmiya Opera Theatre's production of Don Giovanni, followed by the role of the Doctor in Verdi's Macbeth for Iford Arts Opera. Throughout July Julian sang Masetto in Don Giovanni for Winslow Hall Opera Company in their 2016 summer season and in August took part in the premiere of the comic opera The Dowager's Oyster at The Arcola Theatre, creating the role of Doctor Gibaud. In October Julian will sing the role of Davenaut in Berwick Festival Opera's production of Marschner's Der Vampyr at The Maltings Theatre. Early 2017 sees Julian once again reviving the role of Colline in La Bohème at the Birmingham Mac Theatre.

Concert engagements this year include Schoenberg Prisoner From Warsaw with the Philharmonia Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall as part of the 2016 BBC Proms, Stravinsky Persephone with the Philharmonia Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall, Verdi Messa da Requiem with the Philharmonia Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall, Dvorak Mass in D at St James' Spanish Place and Mozart Requiem with Holland Park Choral Society at Our Lady of Victories Church. Concert engagements for 2017 currently include Beethoven Mass in C with the Hull Bach Choir, Vaughan Williams A Sea Symphony with the Grimsby Philharmonic and Haydn Nelson Mass with the Cervantes Sinfonia.

In recent years Julian has been heard numerous times as a soloist on live broadcast. Highlights of these have included Schubert Mass in G from the Buxton International Music Festival for BBC Radio Three, Parry Hear My Words Ye People from Winchester Cathedral for BBC Radio Three and excerpts from Bellini I Capuleti ei Montecchi with Pop-Up Opera for BBC Radio Oxford. As a recording artist Julian has most recently worked with the Philharmonia Orchestra in their recording of John Powell's The Prussian Requiem, the Sacred Anthems of Nicholas Jackson for Naxos Records and Verdi Macbeth for English National Opera on the Chandos label.

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‘Julian Debreuil is pugnacious and well-chiselled of voice’ – Opera Magazine on Don Giovanni at Winslow Hall Opera

‘A very good singer – a bright attractive sound full of vocal colour’ – The Wagner Society

'This performance is dominated by Julian Debreuil who sings with power and sonority. His interpretation of this role is incredibly believable.' - Classic Toulouse on Don Giovanni at Le Theatre l'Italienne de Cherbourg

'Julian Debreuil rises to the challenge and sings with unrestrained passion throughout.'  Mary Nguyen on I Capuleti ei Montecchi at the Brunel Museum

'Julian Debreuil sings Colline... his aria is heartbreakingly beautiful.'  WhatsOnStage on La Boheme at The Charing Cross Theatre

'Julian Debreuil stands out as an edgy Zuniga.'  The Guardian on Carmen at The Soho Theatre

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