Julia Lezhneva studied at the Moscow Conservatory and completed her education at London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
Julia Lezhneva studied at the Moscow Conservatory and completed her education at London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She came to international attention at the age of 17 as the Grand Prix winner of the 6th Elena Obraztsova International Competition for Opera Singers. In 2010, she caused a sensation in London at the 2010 Classical Brit Awards, singing Rossini’s ‘Fra il padre’ at the Royal Albert Hall upon the invitation of Dame Kiri Te Kanawa. In 2011, she released her first solo recording, Rossini arias with Marc Minkowski and Sinfonia Varsovia. Her solo album ‘Alleluia’ was released in March 2013. The CD received numerous five star reviews from around the world as well as gained the Gramophone’s ‘Editor’s Choice’, Luister 10 and ECHO-Klassik awards. Julia Lezhneva performs in the prestigious concert and operatic halls of Europe, USA and Asia, as well as for festivals like the Salzburg Festival and Verbier. Her repertoire ranges across many styles and periods, from Baroque to bel canto to Romantic.
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