Julia Cavallaro, mezzo-soprano, has appeared in concert and stage productions with Boston’s premier ensembles, including the Handel and Haydn Society, Boston Early Music Festival, Boston Landmarks Orchestra, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Boston Opera Collaborative, Emmanuel Music, Schola Cantorum, and Seven Times Salt.
Boston Classical Review has described her tone as “round, chocolaty” and praised her “interpretation of enveloping warmth” in Schumann’s Frauenliebe und -leben. “Julia Cavallaro’s mezzo-soprano voice possesses a distinctive, beautiful quality all her own” (The Concord Journal). “Her ability to ring changes in vocal characterization from dramatic narration to hopeful expectation to passionate outcry to cheerful moralizing was astonishing” (The Boston Musical Intelligencer).
Concert highlights include solos in Bach’s Magnificat and Mass in B minor; Beethoven’s Mass in C Major and Symphony No. 9; Handel’s Messiah; Mozart’s Requiem and Vespers; and Rachmaninoff’s All-Night Vigil. Her opera credits include the Sorceress in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, Madame de Volanges in Susa’s The Dangerous Liaisons, La Discorde in Charpentier’s Les Arts Florissants, and the lead role in Evan Mack’s Angel of the Amazon.
Ms. Cavallaro regularly performs recital and chamber repertoire ranging from Baroque to Romantic to Contemporary. Recent programs have included such works as J.S. Bach’s Cantata 82 “Ich habe genug,” Brahms’s Two Songs for Alto and Viola, Fauré’s Cinq melodies de Venise, Haydn’s Arianna a Naxos, Rodney Lister’s Only the Lemon of Desire, Luigi Nono’s Das atmende Klarsein (a North American premiere), Satie’s Socrate in English translation, and Virgil Thomson’s Praises and Prayers.
Engagements for the 2017–2018 season include solos in Bach’s Magnificat with Masterworks Chorale and Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass with the Concord Chorus. She will appear with the Handel and Haydn Society in their performances of Bach’s Mass in B minor, Handel’s Messiah, and a live-soundtrack screening of the Academy-Award winning film Amadeus. In March 2018, Ms. Cavallaro will participate in a series of workshops and concerts of new music sponsored by the Holden Choruses at Harvard University.
Ms. Cavallaro received her master’s degree from Boston University and bachelor’s degree from Harvard College. Her education includes training programs at the Amherst Early Music Festival, Boston Early Music Festival, International Baroque Institute at the Longy School of Music, Pacific MusicWorks (previously Accademia d’Amore), Vancouver Early Music Festival, and the Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt Weimarer Meisterkurse with Vivica Genaux.
In addition to her performing career, Ms. Cavallaro is a staff singer at Trinity Church in the City of Boston and senior administrator of the Tufts University Department of Music. Through this work, she strives to provide musical education at the highest level for students of many ages and diverse backgrounds, and to support the study of musical cultures from around the globe.