Julian Terrell Otis
Julian Terrell Otis is proud to be part of “this trio of impressive vocal soloists” (New York Times) in Afterword. This young singing actor has given very strong operatic performances at the Glimmerglass Festival (USA). Versatile in many musical genres, he has performed Kurt Weill’s The Three Penny Opera, and Handel’s Judas Maccabeus with Stephen Alltop. He has become an enthusiastic interpreter of contemporary music, lending his ringing tenor sound to the choral works of Ted Hearne, James MacMillan, and Sebastian Currier under the baton of Donald Nally. His vocal improvisations have been called ‘instrumental’ and highly sensitive to the ensemble’s texture. Julian wishes to explore the limitless possibilities of his instrument’s expressive capacity.
Mellon fellows George Lewis, Catherine Sullivan, and Sean Griffin have joined forces with the trail-blazing new music group, the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), to fashion a multimedia opera that functions not as a history of the AACM, but as a “Bildungsoper”--a coming-of age opera of ideas, positionality, and testament.