Julia Elise Hardin, a native of Lawrence, KS, has been touted as a "powerful" and "expressive" singer drawing from her extensive acting background. Beginning with a career primarily based in theater, Ms. Hardin continued with strict vocal training at Northwestern University. She has completed young artist apprenticeships through Central City Opera and Chicago Opera Theater, and is currently a resident studio artist with Florentine Opera.
Recent engagements include Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro with Peninsula Music Festival; reprising the role of Polly in Brittenís The Beggarís Opera, along with singing La suora infermiera in Suor Angelica at Lorin Maazelís 2010 Castelton Festival; and roles with Florentine Opera including Giovanna in Rigoletto and Mrs. Baines in Elmer Gantry. Past performances include Chicago Opera Theaterís La clemenza di Tito, where she covered Sesto; productions with The Opera Company in Chicago; and appearances with Central City Opera as Rosalia in West Side Story, the Sorceress in Dido and Aeneas, as well as covering and performing Mrs. McLean in Susannah. She has also sung Tisbe in La Cenerentola for the Lyric Opera of Chicagoís Opera in the Neighborhoods program and as Paoluccia in Piccinniís La Buona Figliuola with Fondazione Lirico in Bari, Italy.
Ms. Hardin has been involved with numerous concert engagements, including the Alto soloist in Handelís Messiah with the Milwaukee Symphony and as featured soloist in Bachís Magnificat with the Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra.
Appearances in 2010-2011 include performances with Florentine Opera as Zulma in LíItaliana in Algeri , First Witch in Dido and Aeneas, and Shepherd in Venus and Adonis. She will also be rejoining the Milwaukee Symphony in Handelís Messiah.
Ms. Hardin won Second Place in the 2010 Chicago Bel Canto Foundation competition, was selected for the 2009 Neue Stimmen semi-finals in Germany, and a finalist for the Chicago Union League competition. She was winner of the 2007 Friends of Austria vocal competition, second place finalist for the 2007 NATS vocal competition, and a 2006 I Solisti soloist for the Cincinnati Conservatory of Musicís Opera and Music Festival in Lucca, Italy. Ms. Hardin holds a bachelors degree from the University of Kansas and a masters from Northwestern University. She currently resides in Chicago.