REVIEW VANCOUVER
Review of When the Sun Comes Out

In a nicely judged trajectory Julia Morgan’s combination of glowing contralto voice and delicate sensitivity to text allowed the introspective Lilah to blossom into a formidable power, the equal of her rogue lover and her lawful, wedded husband.

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Lesbian love hits the opera at this year's Queer Arts Festival

THE SUBJECT IS ripped from headlines around the globe, whether they’re about Russia’s ban on gay “propaganda”, France’s mass protests over gay marriage, or Uganda’s parliamentary discussion of the death penalty for homosexuals. The new, locally written opera When the Sun Comes Out explores forbidden love in a fictional nation where homosexuality is banned.

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Gramophone Magazine
Gramophone Review: European song from former Britten-Pears Young Artist

On this handsome disc Canadian mezzo Julia Morgan goes well beneath the surface of songs by Sibelius, Brahms, Schubert and Mahler. She is keenly sensitive to words and phrases with a natural penchant for expressive felicities. Will she bring even greater penetration to these works in a decade? There's no need to ansewr this rhetorical question. Morgan's voice is a glowing work-in-progress, a light mezzo whose brigth timbre often veers into lyric-soprano territory.

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AUDIO SOCIETY OF ATLANTA
Rückert-Lieder Review

Canadian mezzo-soprano Julia Morgan, with the close collaboration of pianist Amanda Johnston, gives deeply insightful, intriguing performances of some of thegreatGerman lieder (art-songs) by Brahms, Schubert, Sibelius, and Mahler.

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Queer Arts Festival’s importance confirmed by public outcry over government cuts.

The festival is preparing to open only two months after the federal government suddenly cut its annual $44,000 grant — only to reinstate three-quarters of the funding after a public outcry.

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