German soprano Julia Kleiter makes her Royal Opera debut in the 2018/19 Season as Countess Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro).
Kleiter sang in the Limburger Domchor and Mädchenkantorei in her home town of Limburg an der Lahn as a child, and went on to study singing at the Musikhochschules in Hamburg and Cologne. She began her career as a concert singer, and subsequently made her operatic debut as Pamina (Die Zauberflöte) for Paris Opéra. Engagements since 2013 have included Countess Almaviva for La Scala, Milan, Zürich Opera and Opera Vlaanderen, Ilia (Idomeneo) in Essen, Pamina for Paris’s Opéra Bastille, Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni) for Zürich Opera, Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte) for Salzburg Festival and Zürich Opera, Emma (Fierrabras) for Salzburg Festival, Agathe (Der Freischütz) for La Scala, Milan, and Semperoper Dresden, Eva (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg) for Berlin State Opera, Bavarian State Opera and Paris Opéra, and Lisa (Das Land des Lächelns) for Zürich Opera.
Kleiter has sung in concert at leading venues under conductors including Abbado, Harnoncourt, Jacobs, Jordan, Luisi, Mehta, Minkowski, Muti, Tate and Welser-Möst. She regularly gives song recitals with pianist Michael Gees, including at Vienna Musikverein, Salzburg’s Mozarteum, the Styriate Festival in Graz, Lucerne Festival and the Schubertiade Schwarzenberg. Her recordings include an award-nominated disc of Wolf’s Italienisches Liederbuch with Christoph Prégardien.