Julia Lezhneva
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Russian soprano Julia Lezhneva has appeared on leading concert and opera stages since her performance of “Fra il padre” from Rossini’s La donna del lago at the 2010 Classical Brit Awards in London. As a 17-year-old, she won the International Elena Obraztsova Singing Competition, and at 18 she opened the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro with Juan Diego Flórez. In addition to further lessons with Dennis O’Neill in Cardiff and with Yvonne Kenny at London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama, she attended master classes with Elena Obraztsova, Alberto Zedda and Thomas Quasthoff. 

In 2009 she won first prize at the Paris International Opera Competition, and in 2012 she celebrated a stunning success at the Victoires de la Musique Classique gala in Paris. At the Salzburg Festival, where she debuted in 2010, she sang Asteria in concert performances of Handel’s Tamerlano alongside Plácido Domingo and Bejun Mehta in 2012 and Galatea in Polifemo in 2019. In September 2018, she made her debut at the Hamburg State Opera as Morgana (Alcina) and subsequently appeared on stage there as Rosina (Il barbiere di Siviglia). In 2019/20 she was heard in concert performances of Porpora’s Germanico in Germania, Handel’s Rodrigo and Alessandro, and Vivaldi’s Orlando furioso in Moscow, Vienna, Paris, and Basel, among other cities. Concerts with ensembles such as La Voce Strumentale, Concerto Köln, Il Giardino Armonico, MusicAeterna, the Venice Baroque Orchestra and the Basel Chamber Orchestra have taken Julia Lezhneva to Berlin, Munich, Moscow, Vienna, Paris, Madrid and Amsterdam, among others, as well as to festivals such as the Lucerne Festival, the Rheingau Music Festival and the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival. In 2019, she was artist in residence at the Kissinger Sommer. 

Orchestras from which she has received invitations include the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Mariinsky Orchestra, Russian National Orchestra, Orquesta Nacional de España, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, and Seattle Symphony Orchestra. She made her debut with the Berlin Philharmonic under Ádám Fischer in October 2019 and at the Vienna Musikverein in February 2020. She also appeared under András Schiff at the Mozartwoche Salzburg and at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in a performance of Handel’s Alessandro under Diego Fasolis.

As a Decca exclusive artist, Julia Lezhneva released her latest solo album with Concerto Köln in 2017, featuring arias by Carl Heinrich Graun. For this she received the Opus Klassik 2018. Recent releases include Vivaldi Gloria with Franco Fagioli and Diego Fasolis (2018), Porpora’s Germanico in Germania with Max Emanuel Cencic (2018), arias by Handel with Il Giardino Armonico (2015) and her acclaimed debut album Alleluia also with Il Giardino Armonico (2014), plus Pergolesi Stabat Mater with Philippe Jaroussky, Diego Fasolis and I Barocchisti (2013). As Gildippe in Carlo il Calvo, she made her Bayreuth Baroque Opera Festival debut in 2020.

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