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The Toronto Star declares “Julie Makerov as Senta…was every inch the ringing life force Wagner intended.”  As winner of the 2010 Dora Award, Canada’s most prestigious live theater honor, Ms. Makerov was recognized for her compelling portrayal of Senta in Wagner’s Der Fliegende Holländer  and continues to captivate audiences internationally.  This gifted young dramatic soprano’s voice has been described as “Gloriously commanding” (La Scena Musicale), “Sumptuous” (ArtsSF.com), and “soaring” (The Oakland Tribune).  The New York Times proclaims “Julie Makerov’s plush soprano voice and vulnerability were ideal for the goddess Freia.”

Ms. Makerov's future engagements include making her debut with the Lyric Opera of Chicago and bringing her internationally acclaimed Tosca to the Canadian Opera Company. Most recently in the 2010-2011 season Ms. Makerov performed in Salzburg where she thrilled audiences as Senta in Der Fliegende Holländer  with The Mozarteum Orchestra under the baton of Sir Ivor Bolton.

Performances for the 2009-2010 season included a return to Oper Frankfurt, where she sang the role of Margherita in Boito’s Mefistofele, and to the Canadian Opera Company where she was awarded Toronto’s Dora Award for her outstanding performance as Senta in Christopher Alden and Allen Moyer’s acclaimed production of Wagner’s Der Fliegende Holländer.  In addition, she returned to her native Los Angeles to perform a concert of arias and songs entitled “Songs in the Earth and Air” in conjunction with the USC Fisher Museum of Art.

In the 2008-2009 season Ms. Makerov garnered outstanding critical acclaim singing the title role in Dvořák’s Rusalka  and Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni  with the Canadian Opera Company.  She also reprised the role of Rusalka in the Czech Republic with the Český Krumlov International Music Festival.  The National Post raves “Soprano Julie Makerov as Rusalka is heartbreaking as a willful young forest spirit."  Globe and Mail says of her Donna Elvira “The Don’s most persistent and masochistic conquest, the conflicted Donna Elvira, who loves her scoundrel in spite of everything, was beautifully sung by Julie Makerov in a steady, well-focused lyrico spinto.”

Performances in the 2007-2008 season included the soprano’s debuts with Theater Erfurt and Oper Frankfurt singing the title role in Tosca and performing in Matsumoto, Japan with Seji Ozawa’s internationally acclaimed Saito Kinnen Festival.  In the 2005-6 and 2004-5 seasons Ms. Makerov joined the roster of the Metropolitan Opera where she covered the roles of Gerhilde, Lady in Waiting, The Shopkeeper, and Madame Peronskaya in the productions of Die Walküre, MacBeth and War and Peace.   In addition, Ms. Makerov covered the role of Gerhilde on the Metropolitan Opera’s tour to Japan for their production of Die Walküre.

Ms. Makerov’s other notable operatic engagements include Freia in Das Rheingold and Gerhilde in Die Walküre with Canadian Opera Company, Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus with Seattle Opera and Sarasota Opera, the title role in Tosca and Donna Anna in Don Giovanni with Sarasota Opera, Cio-Cio San in Madama Butterfly with Palm Beach Opera, Sarasota Opera and Opera San Jose, and Leonora in Il Trovatore, Alice Ford in Falstaff, and Fiordiligi in Così fan Tutte with Opera San Jose.

Ms. Makerov was a National Grand Finalist in the 2003 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and is a winner of the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation, Eleanor Lieber and Loren L. Zachary Awards.

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Julie Makerov steps in as Senta under the baton of James Conlon in the Flying Dutchman at Los Angeles Opera with only minutes notice
Ms. Makerov saved opening night at Los Angeles Opera when she replaced soprano Elizabete Matos as Senta in Wagner's The Flying Dutchman.