Julia Elise Hardin
Mezzo Soprano / 2010-2011 Florentine Opera Studio Artist
Julia Elise Hardin, a native of Lawrence, Kansas, has been touted as a "powerful" and "expressive" singer drawing from her extensive acting background. Recent engagements include Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro at the Peninsula Music Festival, La suora infermiera in Suor Angelica and reprising the role of Polly in Britten’s The Beggar’s Opera with 2010 Lorin Maazel’s Castleton Festival. Roles with Florentine Opera include Mrs. Baines in Elmer Gantry, Giovanna in Rigoletto and Zulma in The Italian Girl in Algiers. Other roles include performances with Chicago Opera Theater’s La Clemenza di Tito, where she covered Sesto; productions with The Opera Company, and with Central City Opera as Rosalia in West Side Story, the Sorceress in Dido and Aeneas, as well as covering and performing Mrs. McLean in Susannah. She has also sung Tisbe in La Cenerentola for the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s “Opera in the Neighborhoods” program, Paoluccia in Piccinni’s La Buona Figliuola with Fondazione Lirico in Bari, Italy, as a soloist in Bach’s Magnificat with the Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra and as the Alto soloist in Handel's Messiah with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Hardin has received numerous awards, two of which include Second Place in the 2010 Chicago Bel Canto Foundation competition and winner of the 2007 Friends of Austria vocal competition. She holds a Bachelors degree from the University of Kansas and a Masters degree from Northwestern University.