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The young Russian soprano Julia Lezhneva has been described as possessing an “angelic voice” (The New York Times) with “pure tone” (Opernwelt) and “flawless technique” (The Guardian). They are big claims, and she has been living up to them ever since she created a sensation at the Classical Brit awards at London’s Royal Albert Hall in 2010 (see further below), singing Rossini’s Fra il padre at the invitation of Dame Kiri Te Kanawa.
We take a look at some of her most memorable performances ahead with her tour with Richard Tognetti and the ACO.
Handel’s Lascia ch’io pianga featuring Norway’s Trondheim Soloists.
Mozart’s Exsultate, jubilate.
A most graceful rendition of Elena’s ‘Fra il padre’ from Rossini’s La Donna del Lago, with the London Chamber Orchestra.
At age 20 at the Paris International Opera Competition semi-final.
Aria Di Laodice’s 'Mi lagnero, tacendo'
Singing ‘Temerari… Como scoglio’ from Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte, with the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra.
Live on BBC Radio 3, singing Porpora’s Alleluia.
JULIA LEZHNEVA: BAROQUE BRILLIANCE
Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney
PORPORA In caelo stelle clare, motet for soprano and strings
JS BACH Orchestral Suite No.1 in C major
HANDEL Salve Regina
VIVALDI Ottone in Villa (selections)
HANDEL Alessandro (selections):
Alla sua gabbia d’oro
Solitudine amate in cui sfogarmilive una flamma infelice
Aure, fonti, ombre gradite
HANDEL Sonata a 5 in B-flat major
Richard Tognetti Director & Violin
Julia Lezhneva Soprano