Dr. Julie Maykowski
Director of Artistic Administration and Head of the Young Artist Program
Florida Grand Opera
Dr. Julie Maykowski hails from colorful Colorado. A passion for music and singing took Julie to Drake University where she completed her Bachelor of Music degree. As a young singer, she was extremely successful, winning a number of competitions including the NATS Artist Awards winning her region as well as winning the MTNA region.
Julie went on to complete a Masterís of Music degree at Wichita State University where she was also a teaching assistant. Soprano roles included Papagena in The Magic Flute, Laetitia in The Old Maid and the Thief, Belinda in Dido and Aeneas, Marsinah in Kismet, Little Red in the childrenís opera Little Red Riding Hood and Nannetta in Falstaff.
After a number of years living in NYC and around the country, she entered into the Doctorate of Musical Arts program at the University of Kansas and finished her degree in 2006. Julie elected to produce and direct a production of Dialogues of the Carmelites, the subject of her dissertation and a true obsession.
While working on her doctorate, Julie switched from soprano to mezzo soprano and enjoyed such fun roles as Despina in Cosi fan tutte, Pitti-Sing in The Mikado, Madame Armfeldt in A Little Night Music, Fraulien Schnieder in Cabaret, and Carmen in La tragťdie de Carmen. She was also a teaching assistant and in addition to teaching studio voice, she also taught IPA, Diction, and Opera Workshop.
She has directed both university and professional productions including The Consul, Dialogues of the Carmelites, The Marriage of Figaro, Amahl and the Night Visitors, and The Barber of Seville.
Julie took over the education programs and Young Artist Program at Kentucky Opera in 2006 where she wrote and directed all of the education programs and presented a series of lectures and pre-opera lectures. She has been working in fundraising for 7 years most recently as Director of Development for Arizona Opera and Director of Development for Sarasota Opera.
Florida Grand Opera
Maestro Ramón Tebar was appointed Music Director of Florida Grand Opera on June 1, 2011, becoming the first Spanish conductor to simultaneously lead an American opera company and an American symphony. As such, he provides an artistic vision, watching over the musical integrity and performance level of the orchestra, chorus and singers while working with General Director and CEO Susan T. Danis on artistic planning.
Prior to his appointment, he conducted two widely successful productions with Florida Grand Opera in 2010 - Lucia di Lammermoor and later Turandot, which earned him FGOís 2010 Henry C. Clark Conductor of the Year Award. That same year, he was appointed Music Director for Palm Beach Symphony, a title which he still holds today. Working with the Palm Beach Opera since 2005 and Cincinnati Opera since 2008, he has participated in more than 30 productions and conducted Madame Butterfly, La Boheme and LíItaliana in Algeri. This year, Maestro Tebar will conduct Pucciniís La rondine for FGO and then lead a new production of Daniel CatŠnís opera Florencia en el Amazonas for Denverís Opera Colorado.
In addition to his resident work, Maestro Tebar has an active touring schedule that has lead him to conduct in some of the most prestigious theaters around the world, from Mexico Cityís Palacio de Bellas Artes to Teatro Regio di Torino in Italy, as well as worked with renowned voices, including Montserrat Caballe, Renata Scotto, Mariella Devia, Teresa Berganza and Ben Heppner.