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Noted as having “a rich voice that appears to come from the centre of the earth,” as well as, simply, “a voice to die for,” Julian Close stands as one of the most critically acclaimed basses in the UK, having performed at several esteemed opera houses and venues throughout his career including The Metropolitan Opera, The Royal Opera House at Covent Garden, English National Opera, Welsh National Opera, The Royal Albert Hall, Barbican Centre, The Bridgewater Hall, Opera North UK, Scottish Opera and the Wexford, Buxton, Longborough, and English Bach Festivals in a wide range of roles. He has also made numerous television and radio broadcasts for the BBC.

Last season, Julian returned to The Metropolitan Opera for Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, Rigoletto, and Don Carlo. Additionally, he returned to both the Scottish Opera as Simone/Talpa in Il trittico and the Longborough Opera Festival for their long-awaited Götterdämmerung and was seen with his wife Rebecca Afonwy-Jones in the Kent, UK JAM on the Marsh festival. This season marks his return to The Royal Opera House at Covent Garden for their production of Das Rheingoldas well as his highly anticipated return to Longborough Opera Festival. [read more...]


"... He gave a truly believable and moving performance..." – Great British Life

Götterdämmerung – "As you’d expect for an LFO production, every single performer in this production were of world-class standard, and, just as you think the bar can’t possibly be raised, there are some truly outstanding performances. Firstly, Julian Close as Hagen shone for both his deep, rich bass vocal performance and his capacity as an actor to portray such a complex, melancholic and troubled character. He gave a truly believable and moving performance, which provided a certain gravitas to the overall production that had you questioning your allegiances.”


"... remarkable voice..." The Article

Götterdämmerung – "The one person who knows exactly what is going on is Hagen, and Julian Close, whose remarkable voice has taken him to the Met in New York for various roles (including Sparafucile this season), was outstanding in this part. Knowing and determined in his quest to regain the Ring, his interaction with his father Alberich (Freddie Tong) gives the appearance that it occurs in an inebriated dream of Hagen. With Lee Bisset singing a fine and intelligent looking Brünnhilde, unlike the standard delivery of this powerful role, we had the ingredients for an excellent performance."


"... Close sang with huge, effortless voice..." – Classical Source

Götterdämmerung – “Julian Close's superb Hagen is one of the two roles anchoring the psychological complexity. Close sang with huge, effortless voice, and from his first appearance, manipulating the marital prospects of Gunther and Gutrune, you never doubted that calamity had entered the Gibichung court. This Hagen embodied wickedness and was magnificent.”


"...godlike authority...” – Harmony

Die Walküre – “Julian Close, a habitual Hagen and Fafner, was making his debut as Wotan, and it was a stunner. His huge, black marble voice ruled the platform and had an edge like a spear. Every word was effortlessly audible. Already this was an assumption with godlike authority.”


"...Julian Close was stupendous..." – The Irish Times

Don Giovanni – “As the Commendatore, Julian Close was stupendous, the sort of bass who could sing Fafner the Dragon without the amplifying megaphone dictated by Wagner.” –


" immensely moving and dignified performance...“ – Seen and Heard International

Tristan und Isolde – “King Marke’s monologue often seems to halt the progress of the drama, but as sung by the vastly experienced Julian Close it proved the emotional highpoint of all we heard. His deep voice was extraordinarily handsome, and the abiding decency of the character he created – and his obvious engagement with the King’s innate decency – elicited sympathy for Marke’s despair. The tenderness Close brought to describing Isolde as ‘Dies wundervolle Weib’ was heartbreaking and throughout he gave an immensely moving and dignified performance“


"...musically rich...” – The Arts Desk

Lulu – “The enormous cast has hardly a weakness. Especially memorable are Julian Close’s Acrobat, a role hard to define but musically rich.”


"...voice that appeared to come from the centre of the earth...” – Harry Mottram

Eugene Onegin – “Julian Close as Prince Gremin and his voice that appeared to come from the centre of the earth.”


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