Julia Lezhneva

  • Soprano

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Julia Lezhneva © Ksenia Zasetskaya

"... sublime cantilenas with ornaments woven in like silver threads, trampoline-springing staccati and evenly swinging trills ... Even more haunting, how she knew how to use the messa di voce, the rising and falling of the tone, as an expression of emotional tremor." (FAZ, May 2021) The Süddeutsche Zeitung sees her as a "...magician: she can almost make her voice disappear, performing the most ludicrous vocal feats and garland fireworks".

Julia Lezhneva's international career began with a bang when she caused a sensation in 2010 at the Classical Brit Awards in London's Royal Albert Hall with Rossini's Fra il padre at the invitation of Dame Kiri Te Kanawa.

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Just a decade later, she is discovering a broad repertoire with various orchestras, conductors, operas and oratorios. She made her highly successful debuts with the Berliner Philharmoniker in October 2019 and at the Musikverein Vienna in December 2019. She returned to the Mozartwoche Salzburg in January 2020, this time under Sir András Schiff in Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro; in January 2023 she sang in Don Giovanni. In June 2023, she appeared for the first time at La Scala in Milan in Porpora's Carlo il Calvo.

In December 2020, she made her celebrated debut with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Herbert Blomstedt. Her debuts with the LA Philharmonic and Atlanta Symphony are on her calendar for the 2024/25 season.

Orchestras such as the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin (RSB), the Orquestra Nacional de España, the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, the Kaohsiung Philharmonic and the Seoul Philharmonic regularly invite Julia Lezhneva and she regularly works with renowned conductors such as Adam Fischer, Giovanni Antonini, Herbert Blomstedt, Emmanuelle Haïm, Paavo Järvi, Vladimir Jurowski and Andrea Marcon.

Julia Lezhneva is a welcome guest at the Salzburg Festival, the Schwetzingen Festival, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, the Lucerne Festival, the Dubrovnik Festival, the Festival de la Vézère, the Sion Festival, the Nordland Music Festival and at Bayreuth Baroque.

Julia Lezhneva's debut in Handel's Alcina (Morgana) at the Hamburg State Opera in September 2018 was celebrated to great acclaim and she was immediately invited back for Rossini's Il barbiere di Siviglia and further performances of Alcina. In 2021, she sang the role of Poppea in a new production of Handel's Agrippina (stage director: by Barrie Kosky), in 2022 Zerlina in Don Giovanni and in May 2024 she will sing Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro. Before that, she will make her debut at the Liceo in Barcelona in March 2024 in a staged performance of Handel's Messiah.

In winter 2019, she made her debut in Bach's Christmas Oratorio (conducted by Vladimir Jurowski); in the same season, she sang in Handel's Messiah and La Resurrezione, Vivaldi's Juditha triumphans; as well as Haydn's Creation and Mahler's Symphony No. 4. In October 2024, she will appear for the first time with Ton Koopman and the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra and Choir in Handel's Esther.

Born in 1989 in a family of geophysicists on Sakhalin Island off the Pacific Coast of Russia, Ms. Lezhneva began playing piano and singing at the age of five. She graduated from the Gretchaninov Music School and continued her vocal and piano studies at the Moscow Conservatory Academic Music College. At 17 she came to international attention as the winner of the Elena Obraztsova Opera Singers Competition, and was invited to share the stage with Juan Diego Flórez at the opening of the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro in the following year. In 2009, she won first prize at the Mirjam Helin International Singing Competition in Helsinki and the following year took first prize at the Paris International Opera Competition, as the youngest contestant in each competition’s history. Opernwelt magazine named her “Young Singer of the Year” in 2011 for her debut at La Monnaie in Brussels. The following year she performed at the Victoires de la Musique Classique in Paris.

Julia Lezhneva’s teachers and mentors include Dennis O’Neill, Yvonne Kenny, Elena Obraztsova, Alberto Zedda, Richard Bonynge and Thomas Quasthoff.

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Contacts

Concerts

  • Julia Lezhneva, Concerto Köln

    Tonhalle Zürich, Grosser Saal, 7:30 pm

    Orchestra:

    Concerto Köln

    Program:

    Graun: Sinfonie für Streicher und B.c. B-Dur Mennicke 83 Henzel A. XII:27 Porpora: In caelo stelle clare fulgescant (Motette) Vivaldi: Concerto - für Streicher und B.c. c-moll RV 120 Händel: Parto, si; ma non so poi Arie der Emilia aus Flavio, Re de Longobardi HWV 16 Händel: Brilla nell'alma Arie der Rossane aus Alessandro HWV 21 Pause: PAUSE Vivaldi: Ouvertüre aus der Oper L'Olimpiade RV 725 Vivaldi: Zeffiretti, che sussurrate Arie der Ippolita aus Ercole sul Termodonte RV 749.21 (aus Foà 28) Händel: Un pensiero nemico di pace aus Il Trionfo el Tempo e del disiganno HWV 46a Vivaldi: Concerto La tempesta di mare- für Flöte, Streicher und B.c. F-Dur RV 433 op. 10/ 1 La tempesta di mare Graun: Senza di te mio bene A-Dur Arie der Volumina aus der Oper Coriolano Vivaldi: Agitata da due venti (aus der Oper La Griselda RV 718)

    Location:

    Tonhalle Gesellschaft Zürich

    Organizer:

    https://www.hochuli-konzert.ch

  • Julia Lezhneva

    Singapore, 5:00 pm

    Partner(s):

    Pavel Nersessian

    Program:

    Händel: Rejoice greatly, o daughter of Zion Nr. 18 Arie für Sopran aus dem Messiah Händel: Rezitativ ŽŽCarmelitarumŽŽ und Aria ŽŽO nox dulcis, quies serenaŽŽ HWV 240 aus der Motette ŽŽSaeviat tellus inter rigiresŽŽ per Canto solo con Vivaldi: Sposa son disprezzata, Arie aus der Oper Bajazet f-Moll RV 703 Händel: Un pensiero nemico di pace aus Il Trionfo el Tempo e del disiganno HWV 46a Rameau: Les Cyclopes Händel: Credete al mio dolore aus Alcina Vivaldi: ŽŽAgitata da due ventiŽŽ (aus der Oper ŽŽLa GriseldaŽŽ RV 718) Pause: PAUSE Schumann: Liederkreis Op. 39 nach Gedichten von Joseph von Eichendorff Schumann: Arabeske C-Dur op. 18 Rossini: La regata veneziana

    Location:

    Victoria Concert Hall

    Organizer:

    https://www.sso.org.sg/

  • Julia Lezhneva

    Taipeh

    Partner(s):

    Pavel Nersessian

    Program:

    Händel: Rejoice greatly, o daughter of Zion Nr. 18 Arie für Sopran aus dem Messiah Händel: Rezitativ ŽŽCarmelitarumŽŽ und Aria ŽŽO nox dulcis, quies serenaŽŽ HWV 240 aus der Motette ŽŽSaeviat tellus inter rigiresŽŽ per Canto solo con Vivaldi: Sposa son disprezzata, Arie aus der Oper Bajazet f-Moll RV 703 Händel: Un pensiero nemico di pace aus Il Trionfo el Tempo e del disiganno HWV 46a Rameau: Les Cyclopes Händel: Credete al mio dolore aus Alcina Vivaldi: ŽŽAgitata da due ventiŽŽ (aus der Oper ŽŽLa GriseldaŽŽ RV 718) Pause: PAUSE Schumann: Liederkreis Op. 39 nach Gedichten von Joseph von Eichendorff Schumann: Arabeske C-Dur op. 18 Rossini: La regata veneziana

    Location:

    National Concert Hall Taipei

    Organizer:

    http://www.ntch.edu.tw/nso/

  • Julia Lezhneva

    Hongkong, 8:00 pm

    Partner(s):

    Pavel Nersessian

    Program:

    Händel: Rejoice greatly, o daughter of Zion Nr. 18 Arie für Sopran aus dem Messiah Händel: Rezitativ ŽŽCarmelitarumŽŽ und Aria ŽŽO nox dulcis, quies serenaŽŽ HWV 240 aus der Motette ŽŽSaeviat tellus inter rigiresŽŽ per Canto solo con Vivaldi: Sposa son disprezzata, Arie aus der Oper Bajazet f-Moll RV 703 Händel: Un pensiero nemico di pace aus Il Trionfo el Tempo e del disiganno HWV 46a Rameau: Les Cyclopes Händel: Credete al mio dolore aus Alcina Vivaldi: ŽŽAgitata da due ventiŽŽ (aus der Oper ŽŽLa GriseldaŽŽ RV 718) Pause: PAUSE Schumann: Liederkreis Op. 39 nach Gedichten von Joseph von Eichendorff Schumann: Arabeske C-Dur op. 18 Rossini: La regata veneziana

    Location:

    The University of Hongkong HKU

  • Julia Lezhneva

    Hamburg, 11:00 am

    Orchestra:

    Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg

    Conductor:

    Adam Fischer

    Program:

    Haydn: Berenice, che fai? Hob 24:10 - Solokantate Mahler: Sinfonie Nr. 4 G-Dur (mit Sopransolo im 4. Satz)

    Location:

    Elbphilharmonie

    Organizer:

    https://www.philharmoniker-hamburg.de

  • Julia Lezhneva

    Hamburg, 8:00 pm

    Orchestra:

    Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg

    Conductor:

    Adam Fischer

    Program:

    Haydn: Berenice, che fai? Hob 24:10 - Solokantate Mahler: Sinfonie Nr. 4 G-Dur (mit Sopransolo im 4. Satz)

    Location:

    Elbphilharmonie

    Organizer:

    https://www.philharmoniker-hamburg.de

Projects

  • La Cetra Barockorchester Basel – Andrea Marcon (Leitung & Cembalo) - Julia Lezhneva (Sopran) - Valer Sabadus (Countertenor)

    La Cetra & Friends

    Program:

    G. F. Händel - Ouvertüre zur Oper «Ariodante»
    G. F. Händel - «Un pensiero nemico di pace» aus «Il Trionfo del Tempo e del disinganno»
    A. Vivaldi - «Gelido in ogni vento» aus der Oper «Farnace»
    Oder G. F. Händel - «Crude furie degli orridi abissi» aus der Oper «Serse»
    A. Vivaldi - Concerto per 2 violoncelli g-moll
    G. F. Händel - «Il voler nel fior degli anni», Duett Bellezza & Piacere aus «Il Trionfo del Tempo e del disinganno»
    A. Vivaldi - «Zeffiretti, che susurrate», Arie aus «La fida ninfa»
    A. Vivaldi - Concerto per 2 oboi
    A. Vivaldi - «Vedrò con mio diletto» aus der Oper «Giustino»
    PAUSE
    F. Geminiani - La Follia
    G . F. Händel - «Venti turbini», Arie des Rinaldo aus der Oper «Rinaldo»
    A. Vivaldi - «Agitata da due venti» aus «La Griselda»
    G. F. Händel - «Caro! Bella!», Duett aus der Oper: «Giulio Cesare»

  • La Cetra Barockorchester Basel – Andrea Marcon (Leitung & Cembalo) - Julia Lezhneva (Sopran) - Valer Sabadus (Countertenor)

    La Cetra & Friends

    Program:

    G. F. Händel - Ouvertüre zur Oper «Ariodante»
    G. F. Händel - «Un pensiero nemico di pace» aus «Il Trionfo del Tempo e del disinganno»
    A. Vivaldi - «Gelido in ogni vento» aus der Oper «Farnace»
    Oder G. F. Händel - «Crude furie degli orridi abissi» aus der Oper «Serse»
    A. Vivaldi - Concerto per 2 violoncelli g-moll
    G. F. Händel - «Il voler nel fior degli anni», Duett Bellezza & Piacere aus «Il Trionfo del Tempo e del disinganno»
    A. Vivaldi - «Zeffiretti, che susurrate», Arie aus «La fida ninfa»
    A. Vivaldi - Concerto per 2 oboi
    A. Vivaldi - «Vedrò con mio diletto» aus der Oper «Giustino»
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    F. Geminiani - La Follia
    G . F. Händel - «Venti turbini», Arie des Rinaldo aus der Oper «Rinaldo»
    A. Vivaldi - «Agitata da due venti» aus «La Griselda»
    G. F. Händel - «Caro! Bella!», Duett aus der Oper: «Giulio Cesare»

  • Stuttgarter Kammerorchester (18 Musiker) – Julia Lezhneva (Sopran) – Valer Sabadus (Countertenor)

    In Paradis Gloriae

    Program:

    Arvo Pärt - "My Heart’s in the Highlands" für Countertenor und Orgel (9min)
    Sven-Erkki Tüür - "Action-Passion-Illusion" für Streichorchester (18 min)
    Arvo Pärt - "L'abbé Agathon" für Sopran, 4 Bratschen und 4 Violoncello (15 min)
    Pause
    Giovanni Battista Pergolesi - "Stabat Mater" für Sopran, Alt und Streicher

  • Kammerorchester Basel – Julia Lezhneva (Sopran) - Carlo Vistoli (Countertenor)

    Mermaids & Water in music

    Program:

    Werke von Porpora, Vinci, Händel, Bononcini, Sarro

    Contact:

  • La Cetra Barockorchester Basel – Andrea Marcon (Leitung & Cembalo) - Julia Lezhneva (Sopran) - Valer Sabadus (Countertenor)

    La Cetra & Friends

    Program:

    G. F. Händel - Ouvertüre zur Oper «Ariodante»
    G. F. Händel - «Un pensiero nemico di pace» aus «Il Trionfo del Tempo e del disinganno»
    A. Vivaldi - «Gelido in ogni vento» aus der Oper «Farnace»
    Oder G. F. Händel - «Crude furie degli orridi abissi» aus der Oper «Serse»
    A. Vivaldi - Concerto per 2 violoncelli g-moll
    G. F. Händel - «Il voler nel fior degli anni», Duett Bellezza u. Piacere aus «Il Trionfo del Tempo e del disinganno»
    A. Vivaldi - «Zeffiretti, che susurrate», Arie aus «La fida ninfa»
    A. Vivaldi - Concerto per 2 oboi
    A. Vivaldi - «Vedrò con mio diletto» aus der Oper «Giustino»
    F. Geminiani - La Follia
    G . F. Händel - «Venti turbini», Arie des Rinaldo aus der Oper «Rinaldo»
    A. Vivaldi - «Agitata da due venti» aus «La Griselda»
    G. F. Händel - «Caro! Bella!», Duett aus der Oper: «Giulio Cesare»

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