New Zealand baritone Julien Van Mellaerts recently graduated from the Royal College of Music International Opera School, where he was awarded the Tagore Gold Medal. Highlights this season include baritone soloist with the Royal Ballet in Elizabeth, Schaunard La bohème with New Zealand Opera, the title role in Eugene Onegin with Cambridge Philharmonic, performances at Heidelberg Frühling, recitals with Julius Drake, Simon Lepper, Gamal Khamis and Joao Araujo at Barcelona LIFE Song, Leeds Lieder, London Song and Oxford Lieder Festivals, performances at Wigmore and Cadogan Halls, and Fauré Requiem at the Royal Albert Hall. Julien won First Prize at the 2017 Wigmore Hall/Kohn Foundation International Song Competition and First Prize at the 2017 Kathleen Ferrier Awards. Other awards include Kiwi Music Scholarship and a Countess of Munster Award 2016/2017 and First Prize in the 2015 Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards. He is grateful for the support of the Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation and the Hunn Trust.
Julien represented New Zealand at the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition in June 2019.