Ms. Makerov saved opening night at Los Angeles Opera when she replaced soprano Elizabete Matos as Senta in Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman. She received 15 minutes notice to get into costume, walk the set and mentally prepare for singing opening night to a packed theater of 3,000. She was graciously treated by production staff, cast and musical staff as she geared up for the performance and was encouraged by the support of her seasoned and very able conductor James Conlon. This is a portion of what maestro Conlon and the LA Times had to say: “Conlon, who conducted the production, took the last-minute switch in stride and seemed thrilled with Makerov’s performance: “In my days in Germany, this happened all the time. You get super-calm, like an airplane pilot. She was amazing.”
Indeed, Makerov…pulled the role off seamlessly. She received a cheering, standing ovation at the end of the night. Also her performance prompted one blogger to write:
Julie Makerov is triumphant!
For my birthday on Saturday I treated myself to an evening at the opening of the L.A. Opera’s production of Richard Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman, but all of the drama on that large stage was not planned. At 7:30 p.m., the curtain parted and the President/CEO of the opera, Christopher Koelsch, stepped onstage to announce that soprano Elisabete Matos, who was scheduled to make her company debut in the leading role of Senta, had suddenly become ‘indisposed’ and would be unable to perform. However, he said we were in for a treat because they were fortunate enough to have soprano Julie Makerov to make her first appearance here as Senta. He went on to mention that she had played the role in the Canadian Opera Company production in 2010. I later learned that the Toronto Star had written that “Julie Makerov as Senta… was every inch the ringing life force Wagner intended.” She had also performed Senta in Salzburg with the Mozarteum Orchestra. Julie is a native of Los Angeles who earned her master’s degree in vocal music from the University of Southern California and her undergraduate degree in music performance from Cal State. Here’s the astonishing note: She sang as a member of the LA Opera Chorus during the 2000/01 season!
I asked my companion, Caroline Graham, if she thought Julie was sitting home when she got the frantic phone call to come quick, or if she was at the theater when it happened at 7:18 p.m. — but in the meantime, it was magnificent. She sang her heart out with peerless ringing tones and mixed with the ensemble as if she had often performed with them. At the conclusion, she received a standing ovation which lasted for all of five minutes from the normally jaded audience. A triumph, indeed.