Juliana Zara


"Her Lulu in the opera of the same name at the Staatstheater Darmstadt was an event that made waves throughout Germany in the recent season..."

Die Deutsche Bühne

"Simply magnificent... Juliana sings this insane role with an ease that is very impressive..."

Hessische Rundfunk

"Juliana Zara is a grandiose Olympia…"

Frankfurter Rundschau

"… from the razor-sharp coloratura, which Juliana Zara underpins with grotesquely exaggerated movements of the puppet Olympia…"


"Juliana Zara as Adina is in no way inferior to him in the audience's favor, effortlessly serving up her coloratura lines with a clear soprano…"

Das Opernfreund

"... the lively soprano Juliana Zara shines as a ray of hope."

Abendzeitung München

"Juliana offers a brilliant singing and acting performance and is met with storms of enthusiasm."


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After the riotous critical success of her role debut as Lulu, the “grandiose soprano” (FAZ) has been nominated for both prestigious German Theater Prize Der Faust for her portrayal of Lulu, and Opus Klassik’s Singer of the Year for her interpretation of Bubikopf in her recording of Der Kaiser von Atlantis. Juliana is featured on the cover of the May 2023 edition of Opernwelt Magazine.

Since the 2021/22 season, she is a member of the ensemble at Staatstheater Darmstadt. Upcoming role debuts include Olympia in Les contes d’Hoffmann, Adina in L’elisir d’amore, and Morgana in Alcina.

On invitation from the Hong Kong Arts Festival, Juliana joins the cast of Robert Carsen’s Ariadne auf Naxos with the Bayerische Staatsoper on tour in Hong Kong where she gives her role debut as Najade. She gives her role and house debut at Nationaltheater Mannheim with Belinda in Dido and Aeneas in March, and the Cheshire Cat in concert version of Unsuk Chin’s Alice in Wonderland at Concertgebouw Amsterdam under the baton of Markus Stenz.

Juliana is an enthusiastic interpreter of 20th/21st century repertoire. In the coming months, she looks forward to her Carnegie Hall debut singing Unsuk Chin’s Puzzles and Games for soprano and orchestra with the Sejong Soloists in Zankel Hall, as well as her role debut as Tinkerbell in a world-premiere of Peter Pan by Frank Schwemmer with the Luxembourg Philhammonic.

Other recent contemporary highlights have included György Ligeti’s Mysteries of the Macabre and Nouvelles Aventures with Patrick Hahn conducting the Wuppertal Symphony Orchestra, the world premiere of Transstimme, a full-length opera for only one singer and one actor, by Fabià Santcovsky at the invitation of the Munich Biennale as well as the world premiere of Singularity by Miroslav Srnka at the Cuvilliés-Theater/Bayerische Staatsoper with the Klangforum Wien. She also covered the title role in the world premiere of Girl with the Pearl Earring at Opernhaus Zürich.

In spring 2023, the Opercussion ensemble of the Bayerische Staatsorchester released their award nominated debut album Original Grooves on which Juliana sang their ultimate track “Gracias a la vida.” The recording of Der Kaiser von Atlantis (BR Klassik) was nominated by Opus Klassik for Best Opera Recording featuring Juliana Zara, and conductor Patrick Hahn leading the Munich Radio Orchestra.

From 2019-2021, Juliana was a member of the Opernstudio at the Bayerische Staatsoper and sang roles such as Frasquita (Carmen), Philine (Mignon) and Mercedes (Schön ist die Welt) as well as Luciano Berio’s Sequenza III. Her repertoire includes Ophelia (Hamlet), Zerbinetta, Najade (Ariadne auf Naxos), Blonde (Entführung aus dem Serail), Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Norina (Don Pasquale), Isotta (Die Schweigsame Frau), Fiakermilli (Arabella), Philippe (Der Teufel von Loudun), Adele (Die Fledermaus), Griet (Girl with a Pearl Earring), Cunegonde (Candide), and Chief of Gepopo (Le Grand Macabre).

She is graduate of Oberlin Conservatory of Music and the Hochschule für Musik “Hanns Eisler” in Berlin.

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Title Role, Lulu

Staatstheater Darmstadt, 2023

“Her Lulu in the opera of the same name at the Staatstheater Darmstadt was an event that made waves throughout Germany in the recent season. In Ewa Maria Höckmayr's production, the American coloratura soprano juggles with male fantasies and plays them against each other with virtuosity. Zara's Lulu moves across the stage with the infinite lightness of being until she gets caught up in the mills of sex work and is physically and emotionally crushed. The compelling acting is matched by stupendous vocal merits. Juliana Zara's voice is also ideal for this delicate role. Slender, fluid and with weightlessly dabbed top notes, she exuded that rare vocal mercury which the role absolutely needs and which makes it a phenomenon in the first place. Not in a metropolis, but on the edge of the Odenwald.”

Die Deutsche Bühne

“The brilliant… Juliana Zara, whose soprano sounds glassy clear, high, pure and at the same time completely unstrained, plays a terrifically noncommittal Lulu who is nevertheless devoted, in that uniquely Lulu-like way. So unbelievably youthful, fit and without exaltation, she conquers the role and she does so until the end, without any tiredness that so often characterizes the role.”

Opernwelt Magazine

“Juliana Zara is the ideal vocal choice for the title role [of Lulu] . Slender, fluid and confidently setting the top notes, Zara commands the vocal quicksilver essential to the character.”

Die Deutsche Bühne

“Above all, Juliana Zara in the title role proves her central part in extreme complexity. She succeeds, despite a permanent onstage presence, to keep a secret. Vocally, the young Californian soprano is an ideal choice because, in addition to her stage presence, she possesses the certainty in the extreme high notes that Berg expressly demands. Thus Zara maintains the desirable fascination of Lulu in the second part of the opera as well, embodying Lulu’s descent with dissecting sharpness and clarity. ”


“For Zara, it is a highlight of her young career. For years, the soprano has been dealing with this complex part, with this dazzling character, you can feel it in every moment.

She spreads a fantastic spectrum of vocal colors and expression: Seductive oaths with velvety soft timbre, the ecstatic top notes clear and electrifying when her Lulu sings the misery of the soul.”

Oberhessische Zeitung

“Simply magnificent... Juliana sings this insane role with an ease that is very impressive... She plays the ambivalent Lulu very convincingly, sometimes very fragile, then again very antagonistic, and all this in this small space, on this pedestal that is maybe a good metre long. That was really incredible to watch.”

Hessische Rundfunk

Olympia, Les Contes d’Hoffmann

Staatstheater Darmstadt, 2023

“… from the razor-sharp coloratura, which Juliana Zara underpins with grotesquely exaggerated movements of the puppet Olympia…”


“Juliana Zara is a grandiose Olympia…”

Frankfurter Rundschau

“A highly virtuosic performance in sky blue was delivered by Juliana Zara as Olympia. While the nightmarish-dream woman sings her breakneck coloratura, she moves with grotesquely twisted limbs.”

Echo Online

“Juliana Zara gives the most virtuoso performance as Olympia. Between her breakneck coloraturas, the soprano acts like a creature from a Frankenstein laboratory - a sewn-up creature in sky blue with only one breast and twisted limbs. She is not entirely harmless: in an unobserved moment, she greedily bites into a pigeon.”

Opernwelt Magazin

Adina, L’elisir d’amore

Staatstheater Darmstadt, 2023

“The soloist roles are also ideally cast, with the soprano Juliana Zara, a highly expressive Lulu by Alban Berg in Darmstadt last season, and now, a completely relaxed bel-canto singer as Adina… Everyone finds happiness in Darmstadt.”


“Juliana Zara as Adina is in no way inferior to him in the audience's favor, effortlessly serving up her coloratura lines with a clear soprano…”

Das Opernfreund

“Adina is ravishingly embodied by Juliana Zara. Zara lets her focused soprano voice flatter, glitter and shine according to all the rules of the art of seduction. She convincingly and movingly transforms from the flighty love fugitive into a person deeply in love who has no choice but to capitulate to the overwhelming power of her own feelings.”

Oberhessischer Zeitung

“Juliana Zara shines as Adina. There was even an extra round of applause for her octopus skirt with tentacles.”

Hessische Rundfunk

Mysteries of the Macabre

Wuppertal Symphony Orchestra, 2023

The excellently agile Juliana Zara, who was vocally confident even at the highest levels, enchanted the audience with this music... Frenetic applause was the result, so there was an encore before the break. With the aria Glitter and be Gay and her radiant coloratura, she completely captivated the audience, who thanked her again with long applause.“


“In Ligeti’s “Mysteries of the Macabre”, it’s taken to the extreme by Juliana Zara, who’s gone off the rails, theatrically, clownishly, and with unrestrained energy, she exceeds everything that characterizes a normal performance with an orchestra. Juliana offers a brilliant singing and acting performance and is met with storms of enthusiasm.”


Zerlina, Don Giovanni

Staatstheater Darmstadt, 2022

“Juliana Zara also masters the character of Zerlina, often wrongly devalued as a supporting role, and dominates the stage... ”

“Zara sings a silvery, refined Zerlina, but can also bring forth [in her] a great sadness.”

“The singers enhance the way Mozart uses his musical means, how the three women are annoyed by the Don Giovanni in principle, and yet get excited with their eyes wide open: …Juliana is the most modern, active and youthful Zerlina.”

Der Kaiser von Atlantis CD

BR Klassik, Naxos, released in 2022

“As the bob-haired Bubikopf, the lively soprano Juliana Zara shines as a ray of hope.”

Abendzeitung München

“The cast are uniformly strong… and Juliana Zara and Johannes Chum make ardent battlefield lovers.”


Unerhört! Lili Boulanger Recital

Staatstheater Darmstadt, 2021

“Juliana Zara… sang ‘Clairières dans le ciel’ with dramatic expression, an enchanting voice, gently trembling, blooming into a cry”

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Schön ist die Welt

Bayerische Staatsoper, Nationaltheater, 2020/2021

“Juliana Zara (Opera Studio) and Manuel Günther (Ensemble) shine as a comedic pair, as if operetta was part of the National Theatre’s core business.”

Abendzeitung München


Bayerische Staatsoper, Cuvilliés-Theater, 2020

“...the sensual Philine, who, thanks to Juliana Zara, drives him into his head and body with her virtuoso, thoroughly erotic coloratura singing.”

Klassik Favori

“The breakneck devilry is best expressed in the aria ‘Je suis Titania’ in the second act, which is filled to the highest degree with coloratura. Juliana Zara brings a voice of blazing fire to the evening, even in the brief moment of this aria.”

Klassik Begeistert

Norina, Don Pasquale in Opera Studio Concert

Bayerische Staatsoper, Nationaltheater, 2020

“Juliana Zara’s soprano is graceful and slips easily into the highest heights.”

Abendzeitung München

“Juliana Zara and Theodore Platt sing the most beautiful negotiation, the best intrigue of the evening. The two are mischievous, perky, and scheming.”

Klassik Begeistert

Juliana Zara's Opera Repertoire


Daisy Ball im Savoy


Princess The Snow Queen


Chian Ch'ing Nixon in China 


Maid Powder her Face

Letcia The Exterminating Angel


Title Role Lulu


Cunegonde Candide


Agnès Written on Skin


Frasquita Carmen


Die Nachtigall Die Vögel


Tytania A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Miss Wordsworth Albert Herring

Lucia The Rape of Lucretia


The Cat Alice in Wonderland


Ophelia Hamlet


Marie La fille du régiment

Adina L'elisir d'amore

Norina Don Pasquale


The Controller Flight


Morgana Alcina

Dalinda, Ginerva Ariodante

Poppea Agrippina


Mercedes Schön ist die Welt


Flaminia Il mondo della luna


Gepopo, Venus Le grand macabre


Sophie Werther

La Fée Cendrillon


Zerlina Don Giovanni

Susanna Le nozze di Figaro

Königin der Nacht, Papagena Die Zauberflöte

Blondchen, Konstanze Die Entführung aus dem Serail


Olympia Les contes d‘Hoffmann


Philippe Die Teufel von Loudon


Soeur Constance Les dialogues des Carmélites

Thérèse-Tirésias Les mamelles de Tirésias


Musetta La Bohème

Lauretta Gianni Schicchi


Sie Transstimme


Alice Wunderland


Sie Singularity

J. Strauss

Adele Die Fledermaus

R. Strauss

Fiakermilli Arabella

Isotta Die Schweigsame Frau

Zerbinetta, Najade Ariadne auf Naxos

Sophie Der Rosenkavalier

Juliana Zara's Concert Repertoire


Star Child


Ariettes Oubliées


Quatre poèmes hindous




Lucrezia HWV 145
Dixit Dominus


Dream House


Lord Nelson Mass


Mysteries of the Macabre


Symphony No. 2
Symphony No. 4


Coronation Mass
Mass in C minor
Vesperae solennes di confessore (K339) Vesperae de dominica (K321
Exsultate, jubilate (K165) Vorrei
spiegarvi, o Dio! (K418)


Piazza dei Numeri


Carmina Burana

Catulli Carmina




Stabat Mater


Der Hirt auf dem Felsen
Mass in E Flat

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