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Julia Hamari (born 21 November 1942) is a Hungarian mezzo-soprano and alto singer in opera and concert, appearing internationally. She is an academic voice teacher in Stuttgart.
Julia Hamari was born in Budapest where she received her vocal training with Fatime Martins and Jenö Sipos. She studied at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music and received her diploma for both singer and singing teacher. In 1964 she won the Erkel International Singing Competition in Budapest. She then continued her studies at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik Stuttgart until 1966.
In 1966, she made her debut as a soloist in Bach's St Matthew Passion with Karl Richter in Vienna, together with Teresa Stich-Randall, Peter Schreier, Hermann Prey and Ernst Gerold Schramm.
Her opera debut was the part of Mercedes in Bizet's Carmen at the Salzburg Festival of 1967, (with Grace Bumbry, Jon Vickers and Mirella Freni, Herbert von Karajan conducting); in 1987 she appeared in the title role herself at the Staatsoper Stuttgart conducted by Carlos Kleiber. Her early career soon included major roles such as Malcolm in a 1970 Turin revival of Rossini's La Donna del Lago, (joining Franco Bonisolli as Uberto and Montserrat Caballé as Elena). In 1975, she sang the part of Magdalene in Georg Solti's first recording of Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (with the Vienna Philharmonic, Norman Bailey as Sachs and René Kollo as Stolzing). In 1979, she sang Celia in Haydn's La fedeltà premiata at the Glyndebourne Festival Opera, in 1980 Orfeo in Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, in 1984 Dorabella in Mozart's Così fan tutte at the Dallas Opera, and in 1986 Angelina in Rossini's La Cenerentola. In 1982 she made her Metropolitan Opera debut as Rosina in Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia. At the Cologne Opera she sang Sesto in Mozart's La clemenza di Tito, and at the Covent Garden Opera Cherubino in his Le nozze di Figaro. She may be also heard as Elzire in the premiere recording of Don Sanche on Hungaroton.