Born in 1989 in a family of geophysicists on Sakhalin Island, Julia Lezhneva is one of the leading artists of her generation. The young Russian soprano with the voice of “angelic beauty” (The New York Times), “pure tone” (Opernwelt) and “flawless technique” (The Guardian) brings “unforgettable spiritual expression” and “perfect artistry” (The Guardian) performing worldwide. Her international career skyrocketed when she created a sensation at the Classical Brit Awards at London’s Royal Albert Hall in 2010, singing Rossini’s Fra il padre at the invitation of Dame Kiri Te Kanawa.
Since then, Lezhneva has been appearing in concert and opera around the globe: the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Royal Albert Hall and Barbican in London, Severance Hall in Cleveland and Lincoln Center in New York, NHK and Bunka Kaikan in Tokyo, Amsterdam Concertgebouw and Madrid Auditorium, Salle Pleyel and Theatre des Champs-Élysées in Paris, Wiener Konzerthaus and Theater an der Wien, Berlin Staatsoper abd Hamburg Laeiszhalle, Essen Philharmonie and Zurich Tonhalle, Theatre Royal de la Monnaie and Palais de Beaux Arts in Brussels, The Bolshoi Theatre and Melbourne Recital Centre, Grand Hall of Moscow Conservatory and Grand Hall of St-Petersburg Philharmonic – as well as for the Salzburg Festival, Salzburg Mozartwoche, Baden-Baden Festspielhaus, Gstaad Menuhin Festival, Chorégies d’Orange, Verbier Festival, Handel-Festspiele Halle, Quincena Musical, Wratislawia Cantans, Misteria Paschalia, Rossini Opera Festival and S. Richter ‘December Nights’ Festival in Moscow.
She appeared on stage with conductors Marc Minkowski, Giovanni Antonini, Sir Antonio Pappano, Herbert Blomstedt, Alberto Zedda, Philippe Herreweghe, Franz Welser-Möst, Sir Roger Norrington, René Jacobs, Fabio Biondi, Jean-Christoph Spinosi, Diego Fasolis, Ottavio Dantone – and singers – Plácido Domingo, Anna Netrebko, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Joyce DiDonato, Juan Diego Flórez, Rolando Villazón, Ildebrando D’Arcangelo, Christopher Maltman, Franco Fagioli, Max Emmanuel Cencic, Philippe Jaroussky.