Praised by the Chicago Tribune as a “standout” and The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel as having “a gorgeous sound and tremendous facility,” American soprano Julie Tabash Kelsheimer is quickly gaining recognition for her vocally powerful and emotionally gripping performances on operatic, musical theatre, and concert stages.
To round out the 2017 performance year, Julie looks forward to performing the role of Gretel in Humperdinck’s opera Hänsel und Gretel at Union Avenue Opera, as well as Glinda in The Wizard of Oz with Variety Children’s Theatre. Recently, Julie has been seen as Bettina in Pine Mountain Music Festival’s production of The Beethoven Project, Mabel in Skylight Music Theatre’s production of The Pirates of Penzance, Barbarina (Le nozze di Figaro-Central City Opera), Liesl (The Sound of Music-Central City Opera), Despina (Cosí fan tutte-Pine Mountain Music Festival), Anne Egerman (A Little Night Music-Pine Mountain Music Festival) Annina (La Traviata-Florentine Opera Company), Tour Guide and a Keely Family Singer (Elmer Gantry-Florentine Opera Company), and The Plaintiff (Trial by Jury-Florentine Opera Company). As a 2013-2015 Florentine Opera Studio Artist, Julie also performed Olympia/Old Blue Lady and Goldie B. Locks in John Davies’ children’s outreach operas, Pinocchio and Goldie B. Locks and the Three Singing Bears. While at The Florentine Opera, she also appeared in Festa Fiorentina and From Vienna to the Great White Way, two concerts featuring the company’s Young Artists, as well as several other operatic and cabaret concerts. Other roles include Rosasharn in the Chicago premiere of Ricky Ian Gordon’s The Grapes of Wrath and Maureen Reagan in the world stage premiere of the opera-oratorio Reagan’s Children, as well as Miss Wordsworth (Albert Herring) and Papagena (The Magic Flute) at Northwestern University.
In past years, Julie has been an Apprentice Artist at Central City Opera, a Studio Artist at Opera Theatre and Music Festival of Lucca, Italy, a Studio Artist at Opera Theatre of the Rockies’ Vocal Arts Symposium, and an Advanced Artist at the Los Angeles-based OperaWorks. Recent non-operatic roles include soprano soloist in J.S. Bach’s Magnificat and Buxtehude’s Jesu, meine Freude, a solo recital at Central City Opera with acclaimed pianist and coach Eric McEnaney, and a series of concerts with the Chicago-based recital group ‘no tiny birds’ led by Alan Darling. She was a two-time finalist and one-time winner of Northwestern University’s Concerto and Aria Competition, the 2016 First Place Winner of the Southern Illinois Young Artist Organization Competition, the recipient of the Central City Opera Iris Henwood Richards Award, and a winner of three alumni scholarships from Opera Theatre of Saint Louis’ unique and prestigious Artists-In-Training program.
Julie is a member of both the American Guild of Musical Artists and the Actors’ Equity Association, and holds Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees, as well as a certificate in musical theatre, from Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music.