Julian Close | Bass


Julian Close



Julian Close began his career reading for PhD in Applied Physics at University of Leeds, before studying at the Royal Northern College of Music. He has since appeared with major companies throughout the UK including The Royal Opera, London, English National Opera, Garsington Opera at Wormsley and Welsh National Opera, as well as with Dutch National Opera and at Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires.

North American engagements have included projects at the Metropolitan Opera, Minnesota Opera, Opéra de Montréal, Pacific Symphony and Washington National Opera.

Recent engagements have included Indra in Massenet’s Le Roi de Lahore for Dorset Opera Festival, Commendatore in Mozart’s Don Giovanni for Saffron Opera Group, Talpa Il tabarro and Simone Gianni Schicchi in Puccini’s Il trittico for Scottish Opera and Hagen in Wagner’s Götterdämmerung for Longborough Festival Opera, as well as a return to the Metropolitan Opera as Sparafucile in Verdi’s Rigoletto.

His future engagements include Hunding in Wagner’s Die Walküre and Hagen in Wagner’s Götterdämmerung for Longborough Festival Opera's upcoming complete cycles of Der Ring des Nibelungen. He will also return to the Met for their 2024-25 season. 

January 2024.