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Julian Charles Debreuil

Julian Debreuil has garnered considerable praise in recent years for his thundering vocal power and compelling acting. His rich voice is perfectly suited to the Romantic and Verismo repertoire, although his musical versatility is persuasive in genres from the Baroque to the Contemporary. 

Julian studied at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama with Adrian Thompson and at the Royal College of Music with Ryland Davies, followed by private tuition with Nicholas Powell. He is the recipient of major awards from the Wingate Foundation, English Speaking Union, Musicians Benevolent Fund, Royal Society of Musicians, Josephine Baker, Countess of Munster and Benslow Music Trusts and was also a finalist in the Schubert Society of London, London Song Festival, John Warner Memorial Award and the Hampshire National Singing Competitions. In addition, he was highly commended in the Wagner Society Singing Competition as having 'a powerful, attractive sound with a great deal of vocal colour'.

Engagements for the 2016-17 season included Bach’s B Minor Mass with the Plymouth Symphony Orchestra; Briano in Verdi’s Aroldo for UCOpera; Sarastro in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte for Charles Court Opera and OperaUpClose; A Sea Symphony by Vaughan Williamswith the combined choral societies of Hull and Grimsby; Bach’s St John Passion J. S. Bachwith the Hull Bach Choir; Don Pizarro in Beethoven’s Fideliofor Longborough Festival Opera.

The 2017-18 season includes Oracle of Neptune in Mozart’sIdomeneo for Buxton Festival Opera; Sarastro in The Magic Flute at the Soho Theatre; Zaretsky in Eugene Onegin at the Arcola Theatre; Prince Gremin in Eugene Onegin for Opera Loki, touring France and the UK; Handel’s Jeptha with the Hull Bach Choir; the title role in Mendelssohn’s Elijah for the Dulwich Choral Society; Bach’s Johannes-Passion with the Purcell Orchestra and Cantatas 21 & 29 with the Birmingham Bach Choir; Haydn’s Maria Theresa Mass with the Grimsby Choral Society; 2001: A Space Odyssey with the Philharmonia Orchestra; Le Chant des Enfants des Etoiles by Unsuk Chin, also with the Philharmonia Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall.

Engagements for the 2019 season currently includes Beethoven’s Mass in C with the Derby Choral Union, Haydn’s Nelson Mass with St James' Spanish Place and Verdi’s Messa da Requiem with the Holland Park Choral Society.

In previous years Julian has also performed roles for the Ravenna Opera Festival, Iford Arts Festival, Opera Project, Le Theatre l'Italienne Cherbourg, Le Theatre du Passage Neuchatel, Salmiya Opera Theatre Kuwait, OperaUpClose and Pop-Up Opera.

Recent concert work includes Verdi’s Requiem with the Philharmonia Orchestra, The Dream of Gerontius Elgarand Ein Deutsches Requiem Brahms with the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, The Apostles Elgar with the BBC Concert Orchestra, Messiahwith the Orquesta di Valencia, Handel’s Israel in Egypt and Johannes-Passion with the London Handel Players.

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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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