British bass Julian Close makes his Royal Opera debut in the 2019/20 Season as Second Man in Armour (Die Zauberflöte).
Close studied at the Royal Northern College of Music. Selected appearances include Hagen (Götterdämmerung) for Scottish Opera, the Commendatore (Don Giovanni) and Sparafucile (Rigoletto) for Wexford Festival, Wotan (Das Rheingold) at Symphony Hall, Birmingham, Wotan (Die Walküre) with New Palace Opera, Hunding (Die Walküre) with Birmingham Philharmonic Orchestra, Fafner (Das Rheingold) with Minnesota Opera, Lodovico (Otello) with the BBC Philharmonic, Osmin (Die Entführung aus dem Serail), Truffaldino (Ariadne auf Naxos), Dosifey (Khovanshchina), Athlete (Lulu), Pistol (Falstaff) and Don Juan (From the House of the Dead) with Welsh National Opera, Fafner (Der Ring des Nibelungen) and Don Basilio (Il barbiere di Siviglia) for Longborough Festival Opera, Flemish Deputy (Don Carlo) for Opera North, Fasolt (Das Rheingold) with Washington National Opera and Opéra de Montréal, Theatre Manager/Banker (Lulu) for the Metropolitan Opera, New York, and Dutch National Opera, Ramfis (Aida) with Pacific Symphony and Baron Ochs (Der Rosenkavalier) for the Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires. He has also sung King Marke (Tristan und Isolde), Colonna (Rienzi), Landgraf Herrmann (Tannhäuser) and Veit Pogner (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg).
Close also performs widely in concert in major oratorio repertory including St Matthew Passion, St John Passion, Creation, The Dream of Gerontius and Verdi’s, Mozart’s and Fauré’s Requiems. He has sung at the Royal Albert Hall, Bridgewater Hall, Barbican Centre and Lincoln Center among other venues, and broadcast on radio and television. He won the 2019 Carole Rees Award for Wagner singers.