Lauded by the press for his "noble vocal colour" (Wiener Zeitung) and his "smooth, golden tenor" (Der Standard), Julian Henao excels in a repertoire comprising works by composers such as Bizet, Debussy, Donizetti, Handel, Mozart, Rossini, Salieri, Tchaikovsky and Verdi.
Recent engagements include his house debut at the Teatro San Carlo of Naples as Pilade in a new staging of Ermione, Rodrigo/Egoldo in Matilde di Shabran at the Rossini in Wildbad Festival, Pilade in Oreste at the Handel Festival in Halle, Conte Alberto in L'occasione fa il ladro at the Tiroler Festspiele in Erl and Tamino in Die Zauberflöte in Philippsburg and Oberursel.
As a member of the Young Ensemble at Theater an der Wien in Vienna, he took part in numerous important productions from 2016 to 2018, including Rossini’s Otello (Lucio/Gondoliere), El Juez (El Primer Hombre) alongside José Carreras, La traviata (Alfredo), Macbeth (Malcolm) with Plácido Domingo in the title role, Ullmann‘s Der Kaiser von Atlantis (Harlekin/Soldat), Oreste (Pilade), Salieri‘s La scuola dei gelosi (Bandiera), Don Pasquale (Ernesto), Pelléas et Mélisande (Pelléas) and Così fan tutte (Ferrando).
Other engagements of the last few years have have included Gli uccellatori, L'heure espagnole and Les mamelles de Tirésias at the Kammeroper in Vienna, Mengone in Haydn’s Lo speziale at the Teatro Barroco at Stift Altenburg, Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia at the Festspielhaus Erl in Tirol and the Brooklyn Theatre in Johannesburg.
Julian Henao first studied singing with Prof. Bernardo Sánchez and Maestro Detlef Scholz at the Universidad de Antioquia and the Academia Bernardo Sanchez in Colombia. He continued his vocal studies at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna with Edith Lienbacher and Regine Köbler and has participated in master classes with Enric Serra, Maestro Arno Leicht, Prof. Helena Łazarska and Piotr Beczała.
He made his stage debut as Saboyano in Luisa Fernanda at the Medellin Opera House in his native Colombia.
[Photo: Peter M. Mayr]