Julien Van Mellaerts

Julien Van Mellaerts is a baritone from New Zealand, born in 1988. He studied at the University of Otago and at the International Opera School of the Royal College of Music in London, graduating in 2017. He won the German Lied Award at the Concours musical international de Montréal in 2018 and first prize at the Wigmore Hall International Song Competition in 2017. Among the cities in which he has given Lieder recitals are Beijing, Barcelona, Berlin (Pierre Boulez Hall) and London (Wigmore Hall/BBC Lunchtime Series). His operatic roles include Schaunard in Puccini’s La Bohème, the title role in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin and Harlekin in Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos. He has appeared as a soloist with orchestra in Fauré’s Requiem, Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, Britten’s War Requiem and Copland’s suite Old American Songs.

Born in 1988


New Zealander

Piano: Ilmo Ranta


Preliminary round

G.F. Händel

Samson: Thy glorious deeds

H. Duparc

Phidylé (Leconte de Lisle)

H. Wolf

Abschied (Mörike)

E. W. Korngold

Die Tote Stadt: ”Mein Sehnen, mein Wähnen” (Fritz)


T. Kuula

Karjapihassa (Larin Kyösti)

R. Quilter

Now sleeps the crimson petal (Tennyson)

G. Finzi

It was a lover and his lass (Shakespeare)

I. Gurney

In Flanders (Harvey)

G. Butterworth

Is my team ploughing? (Housman)

F. Schubert

Wanderers Nachtlied II (Goethe)
Sehnsucht (Schiller)

R. Wagner

Tannhäuser: “O du mein holder Abendstern” (Wolfram)


B. Britten

Billy Budd: ”Look! Through the port comes the moonshine astray!” (Billy)

M. Ravel

Don Quichotte à Dulcinée (Morand)
1. Chanson Romanesque
2. Chanson épique
3. Chanson à boire

Competition performances

Preliminary round

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