Russian soprano Julia Lezhneva makes her Royal Opera debut in the 2014/15 Season, singing Zerlina (Don Giovanni).
Lezhneva studied at the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory of Music, the Cardiff International Academy of Voice and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She came to international attention when she performed with Juan Diego Flórez at the opening of the 2008 Rossini Festival. In 2010 she performed to acclaim at the Classical Brit Awards and in 2012 sang at the Victoires de la Musique Classique Ceremony. Her concert operatic performances include Asteria (Tamerlano) with Plácido Domingo and Cook (Le Rossignol) under Ivor Bolton, both for Salzburg Festival, Sesto (Giulio Cesare in Egitto) and Rosina (Il barbiere di Siviglia) at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Rossane (Alessandro) on tour in Europe and Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte) under Marc Minkowski. On stage her appearances include Urbain (Les Huguenots) for La Monnaie, Brussels.
Lezhneva sings in concert repertory throughout Europe, engagements including regular appearances at the Salzburg Mozartwoche and with Il Giardino Armonico and tours with Minkowski and Les Musiciens du Louvre. She is an exclusive recording artist for Decca, and her first solo disc of Rossini arias won the Diapaison d’Or award.
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