Julian Henao Gonzalez
Praised for his “noble vocal colour” (Wiener Zeitung) and his “smooth, golden tenor” (Der Standard), Julian Henao Gonzalez excels in a repertoire including works by Bizet, Debussy, Donizetti, Handel, Mozart, Rossini, Salieri, Tchaikovsky and Verdi.
As a member of the Young Ensemble at the Theater an der Wien, he sang roles including Pelléas Pelléas et Mélisande, Ernesto Don Pasquale, Toniolo in Gassmann’s Gli uccellatori, Pilade Oreste, Ferrando Così fan tutte, Christgeist Die Schuldigkeit des ersten Gebots, Lucio / Gondoliere in Rossini’s Otello, Bandiera in Salieri’s La scuola de’i gelosi, Harlekin / Soldier in Ullmann’s Der Kaiser von Atlantis and Malcolm Macbeth. He also sang Alfredo La traviata in a reduced version arranged by Lotte de Beer.
Recent engagements have included Pilade Oreste at the Halle Handel Festival, Mengone Lo speziale at the Teatro Barocco, Stift Altenburg, Don Ottavio Don Giovanni for Vienna Festival Opera, Tamino Die Zauberflöte in Oberursel and Phillippsburg, The Son / The Journalist Les mamelles de Tirésias at the Wiener Kammeroper, Count Almaviva Il barbiere di Siviglia and Conte Alberto L’occasione fa il ladro at the Tiroler Festspiele, Erl, Pilade Ermione for his debut at the Teatro San Carlo, Naples, Rodrigo / Egoldo Matilde di Shabran at the Rossini in Wildbad Festival and Tenor Soloist Die Backchen (The Bacchae) at the Burgtheater, Vienna.
Conductors with whom he has worked include Pavel Balev, Bertrand de Billy, Rubén Dubrovsky, Stefan Gottfried, Patrick Hahn, Andreas Leisner, Antonello Manacorda, Alessandro De Marchi, José Miguel Pérez-Sierra and Toby Purser.
Julian Henao Gonzalez first studied singing with Prof. Bernardo Sánchez and Maestro Detlef Scholz at the Universidad de Antioquia and the Academia Bernardo Sanchez in his native Colombia, making his stage debut as Saboyano Luisa Fernanda at the Medellin Opera House. He continued his vocal studies at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna with Edith Lienbacher and Regine Köbler and currently with Jésus León. He also worked with Ernesto Palacio at the Accademia Rossiniana “Alberto Zedda” of the Rossini Festival, Pesaro.
Recent engagements have included Count Almaviva Il barbiere di Siviglia for Opera Open 2021, Plovdiv, a recital for The Chopin Society, Warsaw, concerts for the Ainburger Haydn Gesellschaft and the Passauer Herbstsaiten and the revival of Die Backchen at the Burgtheater, Vienna.
His recordings include Matilde di Shabran from the Rossini in Wildbad Festival, now available on Naxos CD.
Current engagements include Nemorino L’elisir d’amore for Ópera de Colombia, Almanzor Zoraida di Granata and Un ragazzo del popolo La Ciociara for Wexford Festival Opera, Count Almaviva Il barbiere di Siviglia for Sofia Opera and State Opera Plovdiv, his debut at the Pesaro Festival as Lucio / Gondoliero Otello, Conte di Libenskof Il viaggio a Reims for English Touring Opera, Ismaele Nabucco with Concentus 21, Vienna, and JET Specials – Summer, The end at the Theater an der Wien.
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Almazor: Zoraida di Granata / Wexford Festival Opera 2023
“As Abenamet’s friend, Almazor, Julian Henao Gonzalez eagerly seizes his allotted opportunities to show off a gleaming tenor of poise and polish.”
Conte di Libenskof: Il viaggo a Reims / English Touring Opera
“Julian Henao Gonzalez has the fluidity of voice to achieve the florid lines and frequent high notes given to the excitable Conte di Libenskof.”
“Esme Bronwen-Smith and Julian Henao Gonzalez shone as the leading romantic interest couple.”
“Julian Henao Gonzalez’s performance grew throughout the opera, and he was on gleaming form for his final duet with Esme Bronwen-Smith who matched him for musicality and drama in this wonderful duet.”
“…a remarkable cast with Esme Bronwen-Smith as Melibea – one half of the lead romantic couple – perfectly partnered by Julian Henao Gonzalez as Count Libenskof.”
Lucio – Gondoliero: Otello / Rossini Opera Festival, Pesaro 2022
“Julian Henao Gonzalez shone in the brief gondolier’s song at the start of the final act.”
“…the elegant Gondoliero of Julian Henao Gonzalez.”
Le Salon Musical
“Julian Henao Gonzales made a fine impression with his distant sweet song from the lagoon.”
Pelléas: Pelléas et Mélisande / Theater an der Wien
“Juan Henao Gonzalez replaces the usually shy and melancholic portrayal of the role with a much livelier account.”
Mengone: Lo speziale / Teatro Barocco, Stift Altenburg
“Julian Henao Gonzalez with his bright tenor, absolutely secure in the upper register…”
Ferrando: Così fan tutte / Theater an der Wien
“As Ferrando, Julian Henao Gonzalez is a lively Tenor with real strength to his sound.”
Son / Journalist: Les mamelles des Tirésias / Wiener Kammeroper
“Juan Henao Gonzalez, with a voice as smooth and supple as liquid gold.”
Pilade: Oreste / Halle Handel Festival
“Julian Henao Gonzalez impressed with firm tenor tone as Pilade…”
Pilade: Oreste / Theater an der Wien
“Julian Henao Gonzalez offered an affecting “Caro amico, a morte io vo” imprisoned alongside his friend, especially in the repeated pianissimo passages”
Rodrigo / Egoldo: Matilde di Shabran / Rossini in Wildbad Festival
“Julian Henao completes the ensemble wonderfully well in the double role of Rodrigo with his mellifluous tenor…”
Online Musik Magazin
Lucio / Gondoliere: Otello / Theater an der Wien
“Julian Henao made a positive impression in the role of Lucio.”
“The short aria of the Gondolier, “Ah! dagli affanni oppressa” was in the safe hands of the Colombian-born tenor Julian Henao.”
Count Bandiera: La scuola de’ gelosi / Theater an der Wien
“The star of the evening is Julien Henao Gonzalez, who enchants with his flexible, golden tenor.”
Malcolm: Macbeth / Theater an Der Wien
“Julian Henao Gonzalez was well cast as Malcolm…”
Rossini Matilde di Shabran (roles of Egoldo / Rodrigo)
Sara Blanch, Victoria Varovaya, Michele Angelini, Emmanuel Franco, Shi Zong
Górecki Chamber Choir, Passionart Orchestra / José Miguel Pérez-Sierra