Julia is an educator, arts advocate, and award-winning opera singer and is currently the Managing Director of Pacific MusicWorks. She weaves storytelling, activism, and advocacy through music and theatre as a means of celebrating historically excluded voices in opera. Having grown up in the Pacific Northwest of the United States she has a deep-seated passion for the arts, nature, science and technology. Her goal is bridging the four through collaboration to cultivate interdisciplinary works to realize a brighter, more sustainable future for all life.
Before her career in music, Julia Benzinger’s path seemed destined for the sciences. Fascinated by the wonders of the natural world, she attended Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama, volunteered as a naturalist at the Seattle Aquarium, and was enrolled to study marine biology in Hawaii. However, fate intervened when she was gifted a single ticket to see tenor Luciano Pavarotti in recital. In that transformative moment, Julia’s life shifted, and her passion for music took hold.
Julia brings years of experience in the classical music and opera industries, as well as an insatiable curiosity and drive to help others realize their artistic visions, to her role as Pacific MusicWorks’ Managing Director. With over 20 years’ experience as a soloist on stages around the globe, including seven seasons as a principal mezzo soprano with the Deutsche Oper Berlin, she decided to hone her skills in the intricate dance of art and administration by pursuing a MS in Arts and Cultural Management from the Universitat Internacional de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain.
In addition to her work with Pacific MusicWorks, Julia is a second year PhD student, delving deep into research focused on gender diversity on the podium in institutional-level orchestras and opera houses.
Julia has served as the Co-Director of Seattle Art Song Society and Development and Ambassador Program Manager for IGCAT (Institute for Gastronomy and Tourism). When not performing or advocating, Julia can be found adventuring outdoors with her three young sons and watching as much science fiction as she can find. She divides her time between the Pacific Northwest of the United States and Barcelona, Spain.