We had a chat with the 12-year-old opera singer, Julien Brody during our newest segment of Five Questions With. Julien has just released his debut album, Peace, Love and Opera, which you can check out here. Enjoy!
Care to introduce yourself to our readers?
I am a twelve-year-old, in 6th grade and I have been singing for about 4 years. I went to Berlin Opera Academy for 17 days, and the Philadelphia International Music Festival for 14 days last summer. I loved being surrounded by great talent and be taught by them. I have been practising 5 to 6 hours per week with passion. I have been developed in classical opera, sacred songs and carols. But I am a kid who wants to make opera cool to touch hearts of my generation so they can enjoy these grandiose pieces as much as I am touched by them. My debut album: Peace, Love and Opera is about bringing peace to our world which desperately needs it. Happiness is contagious. I am happy when I sing and it makes people of all beliefs and ages happy: it’s a win-win.
Tell us a bit about your music and writing style.
The music I sing is from Mozart, Vivaldi, Schubert, Mendelssohn and more. These are grandiose songs that talk about Peace & Love. They are classics which I want my generation to discover and appreciate.
Do you have any upcoming shows? For someone who has yet to see you live, how would you explain your live performance?
I have recorded a TV show that will last 30 minutes to be aired on ICI TV the week of December 18th at least 4 times.
I have media days one for Toronto and one for Montreal in the next couple of week, which I am thrilled about, many medias are excited to meet me. I am touched and will perform for them.
I will sing as well for Global TV in Montreal on December 22nd.
I will participate in the Radio-Canada guignolée coming up on December 7th to sing for the fundraising.
I am hoping to go sing for the sick children in hospitals as my heart is with them, working on this right now, will have details a little later.
As for my live performance, they come relaxed and coming to see me a 12-year-old makes them feel good about our world, our music and they can put a little Peace, Love and Opera in their hearts to share with others… seeing classical music with hope and share the love from those grand pieces as they were meant to be years ago.
If you were asked to suggest only one of your songs for someone to hear, which would it be?
My very favourite on my album is: “Hark! The Heralds angels sing!” (Mendelssohn/Wesley) It is a powerful song, I feel that song in my soul. And I must say: Gesu Bambino (Yon) is not far behind…And my single: “Santa Claus is comin’ to town” (Coots/Gillespie) because is just a fun song and gets to work my voice differently which I love.
Canadian Beats is all about Canadian music, so who are your current favourite Canadian bands/ artists?
As a Canadian kid, with classical opera, I love Nathalie Choquette because she sings wonderfully but she is really funny. She is making opera cool just like I am trying to do. Marc Hervieux is a great tenor. The 3 tenors are amazing, I am glad to have met them in Toronto, they are so humble. I like Marie May, Shania Twain, Simple Plan (I am discovering them) and although he’s not Canadian, I have to mention Eminem (I sing some of his songs – the story of his life – you know he had a really hard life), I am discovering Drake (but my mom is watching… so… a bit).