After studies at the Royal College of Music, Julian Pike was chosen in 1982 by Peter Brook to sing Don Jose in his famous production of Carmen in Paris and its subsequent international tour. He sang the central role of Michael in Stockhausen’s Donnerstag aus Licht and collaborated many times with Stockhausen following the La Scala première of Montag aus Licht. Julian took part in Henze’s The English Cat at Frankfurt and in the Edinburgh Festival, and in Montepulciano took the role of Lord Puff under the composer’s direction. He has performed Piet in Ligeti’s Le Grand Macabre in the Royal Festival Hall, appeared in the Wexford Festival in Weill’s Mahogonny and sung Brighella in Ariadne auf Naxos for the Netherlands Opera. He made his debut at La Monnaie, Brussels, in Monteverdi’s L’Incoronazione di Poppea and he continues to work regularly with Music Theatre Wales for whom his roles include Roderick in Glass’s Fall of the House of Usher and the Doctor in Nyman’s The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat.
Julian Pike is a highly accomplished recitalist and broadcasts regularly for the BBC and as a soloist with Fortune’s Fire Lute Song Ensemble. He has given major recitals and broadcasts in Salzburg and Vienna and at other festivals in Austria, Yugoslavia, Finland, Germany and across the UK. Julian has been Head of the School of Vocal and Operatic Studies at Birmingham Conservatoire since 1999.