"Spine tingling" soprano Julia Booth (The Daily Post) had an unusual introduction to music. It wasn't voice that began her musical journey, but a combination of violin, piano and ukulele. But she was drawn to the voice from an early age and it has emerged clearly as her instrument of choice and profession.
As the daughter of two Kiwis who had moved to Canada in the 1970s, Julia felt the call of her ancestry and made New Zealand her home in 2003. She completed a Master of Music at the University of Waikato where she was awarded the Wallace Corporation's Performer of the Year Blues Award and Sir Edmund Hillary Medal for outstanding academic achievement.
Julia has gratefully received support from the Dame Malvina Major Foundation both as an emerging artist with NBR NZ Opera and as the winner of the NZ Aria Competition. She placed third in the Lexus Song Quest which both enabled her to study and perform in Florence and Rome. She was also awarded a scholarship from the Adastra Foundation of New Zealand.
Julia has recorded with the Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra and performed extensively across New Zealand including performances with the NZ Symphony Orchestra, Wellington Vector Orchestra and the Garden Opera Company.
Roles across opera and musical theatre include Lily (The Secret Garden), Christine (Phantom of the Opera), Angelina (Trial by Jury) Barena (Jenufa), Mimi (cover - La Boheme), Helen (The Juniper Passion), Laetitia (Old Maid and the Thief), , Laetitia (The Zoo), Patty Simcox (Grease), Audrey (Little Shop of Horrors), Mahina (The White Lady). Julia has performed original works by numerous New Zealand Composers including David Griffiths (The White Lady), Jeremy Mayall (The Birth) Anthony Young (The Angle of Reflection) and Michael F. Williams (The Juniper Passion) which made its debut in Monte Cassino, Italy.
She has had the pleasure of singing the national anthems of both Canada and New Zealand for International Rugby tests and Netball games.
Julia is an alumnus of and administrator for the New Zealand Opera School . She is pursuing the certification path within the Estill Voice Training System and is currently a CMT(c). She maintains a busy teaching studio from home, at St Peter's School in Cambridge and Wintec in Hamilton. Recently, Julia was invited to present a masterclass, lecture and perform as the inaugural guest speaker for the Music Innovation Trust of Taranaki.
An all-consuming passion for opera has seen this stunning soprano's life hit a high note.