Julien Van Mellaerts


Julien Van Mellaerts

Kathleen Ferrier Awards 2017 / Wigmore Hall

“…van Mellaerts cut an assured figure on stage and sang with an open, engaging tone.”

Opera Today


Wigmore Hall / Kohn Foundation International Song Competition 2017

“A beautiful voice is not enough to animate a recital, and animation was what the New Zealand baritone Julien Van Mellaerts and the British pianist Gamal Khamis brought to their Schumann, Britten, Tchaikovsky and Debussy, alert to the specifics of style, language and character in each miniature narrative. No surprise that Van Mellaerts, witty and wiry-toned, walked away with the top prize.”

The Times


Elizabeth / Royal Ballet at the Barbican

“Julien Van Mellaerts’ baritone songs are beautifully, conversationally delivered…”

The Arts Desk


“…the baritone Julien Van Mellaerts brings the songs to life with warmth and wit.”

The Times


Mr Gedge: Albert Herring / Royal College of Music Internatinal Opera School

“Julien Van Mellaerts as Mr Gedge (the vicar) was the most natural, pursuing the headmistress Miss Wordsworth with glutinous sincerity and some lovely singing.”

Classical Source


“Julien Van Mellaerts’ Mr Gedge seizes attention and simply won’t let go. There’s such detail in his oleaginous vicar, so ghastly-fond of Miss Wordsworth that even in the crowded scenes of Act II he draws the eye, constantly inventive.”

The Arts Desk


“Julien Van Mellaerts simpers deliciously as Mr Gedge the vicar, providing some of our finest moments of humour …”



“The baritone Julien Van Mellaerts gave a winningly detailed performance as Reverend Gedge, alert to the nuances of the text and aware of his fellow singers…”



Count Danilo: The Merry Widow / Ryedale Festival Opera

“Count Danilo was taken with considerable brio by Julien Van Mellaerts…”



Papageno: Die Zauberflöte / Verbier Festival

“The character of Papageno requires a lot of theatrical energy and lightness, which the baritone, with his assured voice and clear and articulated projection, absolutely fulfilled, anchoring the show, and quickly making him the most touching character of the opera.”



“The “feel-good” Papageno of New Zealander Julien Van Mellaerts maintains an appreciable balance between acting and singing. Neither clumsy, nor a victim, he is entirely believable with his full, commanding voice, without exaggeration whether legato or staccato.”

Opera Online


Le Mari: Les mamelles de Tirésias / RCMIOS

“As Le Mari, New Zealander Julien Van Mellaerts displayed the characteristic ‘open, engaging tone’ and ‘muscularity and vitality’ that I’d enjoyed at the Kathleen Ferrier Awards Final earlier this year. Van Mellaerts delighted in the grotesqueries and improbabilities, and the brightness and power of his baritone enabled Le Mari to hold his own against his wife’s feminist proselytizing.”

Opera Today


Aeneas: Dido and Aeneas / Cheltenham Bach Choir

“Aeneas (who sometimes strikes me as a complete cad) sounded sincerely in love with the queen in Julien Van Mellaerts’ emotionally charged portrayal.”

Seen and Heard International


The Travelling Companion / New Sussex Opera

“Outstanding was Julien Van Mellaerts as the Companion, binding the tale together and reflecting the interface between the temporal and magical worlds with his warm and richly focused baritone.”



“Julien Van Mellaerts used his lovely, beguiling tone and dramatic nous to make us warm to this Nick Shadow with good intentions.”

Opera Today


“Julien Van Mellaerts made The Travelling Companion a bluff, hearty man whose mysterious nature we only gradually came to appreciate. Van Mellaerts sang with engaging tone. Yet in the few occasions when The Travelling Companion shows his otherworldly powers, such as the scene where he hears and mysteriously echoes the princess's inner thoughts, Van Mellaerts hinted at the character's hidden depths. The ending was very British stiff upper lip, it could hardly be anything else given the period of the setting, yet Van Mellaerts conveyed much emotion.”

Planet Hugill


“…the professional leads – notably Kate Valentine as a princess with a Turandot complex and Julien Van Mellaerts as the (possibly angelic) Travelling Companion went at it with absolute sincerity and a real sense of Stanford’s lyrical idiom.”

The Spectator


“…there are finely achieved performances from David Horton, a likeable Everyman-figure as John, Julien Van Mellaerts as his enigmatic companion, Kate Valentine as the determined Princess, and Pauls Putnins as her fair-minded father.”

The Stage


“…the soloists – David Horton as the lad, Julien Van Mellaerts as the stranger, Kate Valentine as the princess, and Pauls Putnins, Felix Kemp and Ian Beadle in smaller roles – are all admirable…”

The Telegraph


Schaunard: La bohème / Christine Collins Young Artists at Opera Holland Park

"Julien Van Mellaerts sang a very stylish and lively Schaunard."

Mark Ronan Reviews


"Julien Van Mellaerts (whom we saw in Rossini's La Gazzetta at the Royal College of Music) and Richard Walshe (who was Figaro in Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro at the Royal College of Music) made a fine double act as Schaunard and Colline. Van Mellaerts was finely amusing in his solo in Act One (when the Bohemians have absolutely no interest in Schaunard's recitation of how he got the money which has bought them the food), and Walshe gave a fine farewell to his overcoat. But more than that, they joined with Christopher Cull and Stephen Aviss to bring out a delightful sense of camaraderie and shared experience in the lives of the four Bohemians, you really did get a sense of it being the four young men against the world. The horse-play was perhaps a little more stately, less rumbustious than usual, but that is no bad thing and the mock dance etc in Act Four made sense in the new context."

Planet Hugill


Schaunard: La bohème / New Zealand Opera

”Julien Van Mellaerts a lively Schaunard with his rich baritone and high-spirited acting...“



Gabriel von Eisenstein: Die Fledermaus / RCMIOS

“Eisenstein, the philandering husband about to go to prison for assaulting a police officer, was sung by the New Zealand baritone Julien Van Mellaerts. He managed to be both bumptious and suave, while also negotiating the high notes skillfully.”

The Guardian


“Julien Van Mellaerts made a nicely fatuous Eisenstein, and his sunny tenorial baritone made one regret the character’s lack of an aria.”



Harlequin: Ariadne auf Naxos / Longborough Festival Opera

“Julien van Mellaerts’s Harlequin and Aidan Coburn’s Brighella are especially memorable.“

The Arts Desk 


“…a marvellously directed and funny quartet of comedians from Aidan Coburn, Richard Roberts, Timothy Dawkins and, in especially good voice, Julien van Mellaerts.”

Classical Source

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