New Zealand baritone Julien Van Mellaerts has recently graduated from the Royal College of Music International Opera School, where he was a Fishmongers Scholar studying with Russell Smythe. On graduation, he was awarded the Tagore Gold Medal. Before moving to London, Julien studied music and languages at the University of Otago, NZ.

Julien won first prize at the 2017 Wigmore Hall/Kohn Foundation International Song Competition as well as first prize at the 2017 Kathleen Ferrier Awards. Other awards include: Kiwi Music Scholarship and a Countess of Munster Award 2016/2017; winner of the 2016 Joan Chissell Schumann Song Prize; 2016 Brooks-Van Der Pump English Song Competition; and the 2015 Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards.

Recent operatic roles include: Second soldier and second Nazarene in Salome at the Verbier Festival with Charles Dutoit; Dandini in La cenerentola with Diva Opera; Schaunard in La bohème as a Christine Collins Young Artist at Opera Holland Park; Danilo in Lehar’s The Merry Widow for Ryedale Festival; Le mari/le directeur in Poulenc’s Les mamelles de Tirésias, Mr Gedge in Albert Herring, and Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus at the RCMIOS.

Highlights during the 2017/18 season include baritone soloist with the Royal Ballet in their production of Elizabeth, with performances at the Barbican and on tour; the world premiere of La bohème with New Zealand Opera; the title role in Eugene Onegin with the Cambridge Philharmonic; the Referee in Mozart vs the Machine for Mahogany Opera Group; recitals at the London Song, Leeds Lieder and Oxford Lieder Festivals, and with Julius Drake in Madrid; performances at Wigmore and Cadogan Halls.

He is incredibly grateful for the continued support of the Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation, Hunn Trust, John Wates, Josephine Baker Trust, Concordia Foundation and the Peace and Prosperity Trust.