Russian soprano Julia Lezhneva has appeared in leading concert halls and opera houses all over the world since her sensational performance of ‘Fra il padre’ from Rossini’s La donna del lago at the 2010 Classical Brit Awards in London. She was born in 1989 and was five when she began to play the piano and sing. She later studied at the Gretchaninov School of Music and the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow. She was 17 when she won the International Elena Obraztsova Singing Competition and 18 when she opened the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro alongside Juan Diego Flórez. In addition to studying with Dennis O’Neill in Cardiff and with Yvonne Kenny at London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama, she has attended masterclasses with Elena Obraztsova, Alberto Zedda and Thomas Quasthoff. In 2009 she won the first prize at the Paris International Opera Competition and in 2012 scored a major triumph at the Gala of the Victoires de la Musique Classique in Paris.
Julia Lezhneva made her Salzburg Festival debut in 2010. Her most recent appearances at the Festival were as Asteria in concert performances of Handel’s Tamerlano alongside Plácido Domingo and Bejun Mehta in 2012.
She made her Hamburg State Opera debut in September 2018 as Morgana (Alcina), later appearing with the company as Rosina (Il barbiere di Siviglia). In addition to her return to Salzburg in Porpora’s Polifemo and further appearances as Morgana in Hamburg, she will be heard in 2019/20 in concert performances of Porpora’s Germanico in Germania, Handel’s Rodrigo and Alessandro and Vivaldi’s Orlando furioso in Moscow, Vienna, Paris, Basel and elsewhere.
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 her to Berlin, Munich, Moscow, Vienna, Paris, Madrid, Amsterdam and elsewhere as well as to festivals that include the Lucerne Festival and the Rheingau and Schleswig-Holstein Music Festivals. In 2019 she is artist-in-residence at the Bad Kissingen Summer Festival.
Among the orchestras with which Julia Lezhneva has been invited to appear are the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Munich Philharmonic, the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie of Bremen, the Mariinsky Orchestra, the Russian National Orchestra, the Orquesta Nacional de España, the Seoul Philharmonic and the Seattle Symphony Orchestra. She makes her Berlin Philharmonic debut under Ádám Fischer in October 2019 and in February 2020 will be appearing for the first time in the Vienna Musikverein.
As an exclusive Decca artist, Julia Lezhneva has already released three solo albums: her acclaimed debut album Alleluia (2014) and a Handel CD (2015), both with Il Giardino Armonico, and a recital of arias by Carl Heinrich Graun with Concerto Köln (2017) that received an Opus Klassik Award in 2018.