Young Dutch soprano Julia Westendorp recently made her début as Susanna at Opera Vlaanderen. Previously she debuted the part of Pamina with the same company. The Dutch National Opera, the Dutch Touring Opera and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra are among the other employers Ms. Westendorp has been singing for in recent years.
Previous roles include Sylvia (L'isola disabitata / Dutch Touring Opera), Gretel (Hänsel und Gretel), Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Nicolette (L'amour des trois oranges / Dutch National Opera), Barbarina (Le Nozze di Figaro / Dutch Touring Opera) and Erster Knappe (Parsifal / ZaterdagMatinee). She has worked with conductors such as Jaap van Zweden, Louis Langrée, Jan Willem de Vriend, Bruno Weil and Tomás Netopil, and orchestras such as the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Camerata Salzburg, the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and The Wallfish Band.
Over the years Ms. Westendorp has been succesful in several competitions. In 2012 she won two engagement prizes for solo recitals at the Swiss international singing competition Ernst Haefliger and subsequently made her début at the Luzern Festival and the Davos Festival. In 2009 she was awarded the Prix des amis du festival at the Aix en Provence Festival and in 2005 she was a first prize winner at the Nationaal Muziekconcours Stichting Jong Muziektalent Nederland, a prestigious Dutch competition for young musical talent.
Julia Westendorp received her master's degree at the Dutch Opera Academy of the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, where she received singing lessons from Charlotte Margiono. She earned her undergraduate degree at the Fontys Conservatory with Hanneke Kaasschieter.