Julia Padilla’s musical and theatrical gifts were recognized at an early age. Her parents brought her to the Cornish Institute in Seattle, an international gathering place for notable artists to interact with gifted youth. There, artists as diverse as John Cage, Martha Graham, Merce Cunningham, taught and worked with gifted youth. With a Bachelor of Arts degree and an unstoppable spirit, Julia’s multiple talents as a mezzo-soprano, dancer, and actress led her through the University of Washington to The Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara.
Julia Padilla studied voice with Giorgio Tozzi and Irina Tchillingarian. Her private coaches have included Peter Grunberg (S.F. Opera and Symphony), Jonathan Khuner (Metropolitan Opera, S.F. Opera; Conductor, West Edge Opera), and Monroe Kanouse (S.F. Conservatory).
Julia Padilla has appeared as the soloist in Robert Wilson’s “King Lear” in Los Angeles, the Riot Girl in Berkeley Opera’s “Riot Grrl On Mars” (a contemporary take on “L’Italiana In Algeri”). She was cast in lead roles as Rosina (Il Barbiere di Siviglia) for the North Bay Opera, Cherubino (Le Nozze di Figaro) for Riverside Opera, and appeared as Jenny (The Beggar’s Opera). Ms. Padilla’s soloist concert appearances include “Mozart’s C Minor Mass” with Berkeley Community Chorus. She is actively engaged in community volunteer work and has recently performed in a series of concerts of works by Verdi, Mozart, Poulenc, Ravel and Mompou.
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