Australian-born tenor Julian Gavin graduated from the University of Melbourne and undertook postgraduate studies in conducting at the Victorian College of the Arts, before coming to London to complete his studies at the National Opera Studio.
Gavin’s successful UK debut as Alvaro La Forza del Destino for English National Opera led to a series of engagements with the company, including Alfredo La Traviata, Il Duca Rigoletto, Rodolfo La Bohème, Cavaradossi Tosca, and title roles in The Tales of Hoffmann, Ernani and Il Trovatore. Elsewhere, his operatic appearances have included Laca Jenufa, Carlo VII Giovanna D'Arco (Opera North, Frankfurt), the title role in Luc Bondy's production of Don Carlos conducted by Bernard Haitink (Royal Opera House), Pollione Norma (Lucerne, Michigan), Alfredo La traviata (Den Norske Oper, Opera Australia, Washington National Opera), Rodolfo La Bohème (Trieste, Stuttgart, De Vlaamse Opera, Opera North), Rodolfo Luisa Miller (Essen, Bordeaux), Pinkerton Madama Butterfly (Deutsche Oper Berlin, Opera North, Opera Australia), Des Grieux Manon Lescaut (Israel Philharmonic Orchestra), Hoffman The Tales of Hoffmann (Washington, Opera Colorado), Cavaradossi Tosca (Opera Colorado), Don José Carmen (Opera Australia, Stockholm, Zurich, Teatro Real Madrid, Vienna State Opera, ENO, Oper Lausanne in a tour of Japan), Roméo Roméo et Juliette (Opera Australia), Don Carlo (Minnesota Opera, New Israeli Opera), the title role in Andrea Chénier (Essen, Lyric Opera Queensland, Chelsea Opera Group, Liège), Des Grieux Manon (Opera North, Opera Australia), Dick Johnson La Fanciulla del West (New Israeli Opera), Il Duca Rigoletto (Opera Colorado), Jenik The Bartered Bride (Glyndebourne Festival Opera), Enrico Lucia di Lammermoor (Queensland), Gustavo Un Ballo in Maschera (Boston), Prince Rusalka (Opera Australia), Avito L’amore dei tre re (Opera Holland Park), Gustavo Un Ballo in Maschera (Opéra Bordeaux, Opera Australia), the title role in Les contes d’Hoffmann (Vienna Staatsoper), Calaf Turandot (Opera South Australia), Dick Johnson La Fanciulla Del West (Opera de Montreal), a concert performance of Carmen in Moscow, the title role of Don Carlos (Opera North), Florestan Fidelio (Opera Australia), and Paolo Francesca de Rimini (Opera Holland Park).
In concert, Julian Gavin has performed a wide range of repertoire with major orchestras throughout the world, including appearances with the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra under Edo de Waart, the National Symphony Orchestra under Leonard Slatkin, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales under Andrew Litton, Hallé Orchestra under Mark Elder and the BBC Symphony Orchestra among many others.
Gavin has recorded Ernani and Carmen for Chandos, Godvino in Aroldo and Beethoven's Symphony No.9 for Philips, and the rarely heard Bizet opera Ivan IV with Orchestre National de France, in addition to numerous television and radio broadcasting credits in the UK, Australia and USA.
Julian Gavin is represented by Intermusica.
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Mario Cavaradossi in Tosca / Lyric Theatre / Queensland Symphony Orchestra
Opera Queensland / cond. Nicholas Braithwaite / dir. John Copley
“The role of Cavaradossi in Tosca is not easy. It takes a powerful tenor to sing those top notes and a strong actor to make it believable and Gavin delivered.”
Nathanael Cooper, Couriermail, December 2011
“Tenor Julian Gavin is well cast as her lover Cavaradossi, his flexible tenor moving from gentle tenderness to the ringing volume of outrage.”
Sue Gough, The Courier Mail, October 2011
Paolo in Zandonai Francesca da Rimini
Opera Holland Park, August 2010, Cond. Phillip Thomas
“The Australian-born star: Julian Gavin, heroic in voice and bearing as Paolo…”
Fiona Maddocks, The Observer, August 2010
“Gavin proves himself again as a brilliantly ringing hero (as) the other half of a handsome couple…”
Simon Thomas, What’s On Stage, August 2010
“Julian Gavin and Cheryl Barker are fabulous as the lovers, singing with palpable sensuality and really convincing you that their feelings for each other are escalating beyond reason or control.”
Tim Ashley, The Guardian, August 2010
“…and in Julian Gavin's excellent Paolo, (Barker) has an ideal partner: as usual, his rich tenor and ardent delivery is ideal for this high romantic repertoire.”
Dominic McHugh, Musical Criticism.com, August 2010
Don Carlos in Verdi Don Carlos
Opera North, May 2009
"Carlos is sung by Julian Gavin, a tenor supposedly not good enough for Covent Garden. I’ll hear him any time, anywhere: his open-voiced, open-hearted performance, utterly distinctive in timbre (shades of Verdi’s original French version), is what this opera – and most others – needs"
Andrew Clarke, The Financial Times, May 5th 2009
"Here, the poster boy for change is the King’s wayward son, Julian Gavin’s agonised Carlos…..Gavin’s virile high notes are a consistent pleasure."
Neil Fisher, The Times, May 4th 2009
"Julian Gavin took the title role………… he plays everything with sincerity and commitment, and his singing was firm in pitch and line, as well as glowing in tone."
Rupert Christiansen, The Daily Telegraph, May 5th 2009
Lt. Pinkerton in Puccini Madama Butterfly
Opera Australia, January 2009
"Gavin's singing is refreshingly refined: he delivers a lyrical and dynamically varied performance, full of colour and happily free from bellowing."
The Opera Critic, January 3rd 2009
Hoffman in Offenbach The Tales of Hoffmann
Vienna State Opera, March 2008
"Julian Gavin – voce ..... cospicua, intonazione e precisione ritmica irreprensibili, ottimo attore – è un Hoffmann di grande spicco scenico e canoro: sarebbe piaciuto a Toscanini, che metteva al primo posto la musicalità e la completezza artistica del cantante, e trovava i suoi tenori preferiti tra le voci sostanziose, ma non edonistiche."
Paolo Patrizi, Drammatugia.it, March 20th 2008
Avito in Montemezzi L'amore dei tre re
Opera Holland Park, July 2007
"A triumphant production. It thunders through like an express train, the tension never letting up for a moment. The cast is terrific. As the lovers, Amanda Echalaz and Julian Gavin are as committed and passionate as Montemezzi's whirlwind score demands."
Simon Thomas, MusicOMH.com, July 30th 2007
"Here is a febrile intensity to the score that is hard to resist, especially in the fervid central duet for the two lovers, Fiora and Avito... a splendid central couple in the Fiora of Amanda Echalaz, a young South African soprano who gives her all, and the Avito of Julian Gavin, a tenor at once romantic and heroic."
, Financial Times, August 2007
Andrea Chenier in Giordano Andrea Chenier
Opera Royal de Wallonie, February 2007
"L'Australie et décidément terre de grandes voix: Melba et Sutherland, elle nous fournit Julian Gavin, ténor convaincant, expressif, a donné son plein d'emotion au rôle titre."
, February 21st 2007
Sir Edgardo di Ravenswood in Donizetti Lucia di Lammermoor
Opera Queensland, October 2006
"Beside her is Julian Gavin, the best Australian tenor going around right now, and heard too infrequently because he is based in London. He has the unenviable task of having to follow Lucia's mad scene with a tour-de-force of his own, bringing it off in grand style with some thrilling high notes."
Brisbane Courier Mail, 16th October 2006
Lt. Pinkerton in Puccini Madama Butterfly
State Opera of South Australia, September 2006
"Julian Gavin, as Pinkerton, has clarion power at the top of the range and seductive pianissimos when demanded. He is entirely, callously and seductively convincing."
Adelaide Advertiser, September 4th 2006