Australian-born tenor Julian Gavin (Don Carlos) graduated from the University of Melbourne and undertook postgraduate studies in conducting at the Victorian College of the Arts before coming to London where he studied at the National Opera Studio. His UK debut as Alvaro (La forza del destino) for English National Opera led to a series of engagements with the company including roles including Alfredo (La traviata), the Duke (Rigoletto), Rodolfo (La Bohème), Cavaradossi (Tosca), and the title roles in The Tales of Hoffmann, Ernani and Il trovatore.
Other operatic appearances include Laca (Jenufa), Carlo VII (Giovanna DArco) for Opera North and in Frankfurt; the title role in Don Carlos for The Royal Opera; Pollione (Norma) in Lucerne and Michigan; Alfredo at Den Norske Oper, Opera Australia, and Washington National Opera; Rodolfo in Trieste, Stuttgart, and for De Vlaamse Opera and Opera North; Rodolfo (Luisa Miller) in Essen and Bordeaux; Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly) at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, for Opera North and Opera Australia); Des Grieux (Manon Lescaut) with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra; Hoffman (The Tales of Hoffmann) in Washington; Cavaradossi (Tosca) for Opera Colorado and English National Opera); Don José (Carmen) for Opera Australia, English National Opera, Vienna State Opera, the Teatro Real in Madrid, with the Kansas Symphony Orchestra, and in Stockholm and Zürich; Roméo (Roméo et Juliette) for Opera Australia; the title role in Don Carlo at Minnesota Opera; Cavaradossi at English National Opera and Opera Colorado; Des Grieux (Manon for Opera North and Opera Australia; Jenik (The Bartered Bride) for Glyndebourne Festival Opera; Gustavo (Un ballo in maschera) in Boston, and Florestan (Fidelio) for Opera Australia.
In concert, Julian Gavin has performed a wide ranging repertoire with major orchestras throughout the world including appearances with the Philharmonia Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Halle Orchestra, BBC Symphony and many others. For Chandos’ Opera in English series he has recorded Don José (Carmen) and the title role in Ernani. Other recordings include Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and Bizet’s opera Ivan IV.