Closing out 2021, Julia Bullock is featured on the cover of the December issue of Opera News. In the interview, she discusses her summer engagements at the Ravinia Festival and Hollywood Bowl, collaboration with the Met Museum for her Lineage and “History’s Persistent Voice” programs, and her intention for new performances.
“Bullock’s career is not a conventional one—not by a long shot. She resists categories; she could be considered a soprano but goes by “classical singer” … Her expectation as she goes back to live performances is “to approach every single step of it with such care now,” she says, “and without coming across as too demanding of presenters, just that I can do my job, ensuring whatever the vision I have for something, as opposed to just a lovely experience…. I’m looking to be activated and enriched, not checked out. For me, it’s not an escapist experience.” Overall, she would like to see “a little more trust in the artists who are conceiving comprehensively of the experience.”