Julia Lezhneva - Baroque Brilliance - Australian Chamber Orchestra

Julia Lezhneva - Baroque Brilliance

8 - 18 October 2016


PORPORA In caelo stele clare fulgescant
BACH Orchestral Suite No.1 in C major
HANDEL Salve Regina
VIVALDI Sinfonia from Ottone in Villa
HANDEL ‘Un pensiero nemico di pace’ from Il trionfo del tempo e del Disinganno
HANDEL ‘Felicissima quest’alma’ from Apollo e Dafne
HANDEL Sonata a 5
HANDEL Alessandro:
‘Alla sua gabbia d'oro’
‘Brilla nell’alma’


Richard Tognetti Director & Violin
Julia Lezhneva Soprano

Although only 25, Julia Lezhneva has earned standing ovations internationally for her poise and prowess as a performer of the most challenging repertoire. Her 2014 visit to Australia enthralled local audiences, winning her a Helpmann Award for Best Individual Classical Performance.

This young Russian soprano’s voice is impeccably suited to the intricacy and passion of the Baroque masters. Ottone in Villa was Vivaldi’s first opera, and it amply displays the genius of his melodic gift. Handel’s Alessandro is all lightness and charm, yet holds rich
potential for vocal fireworks for a singer of Lezhneva’s abilities.

Richard Tognetti directs the ACO in this consummate program, playing Handel’s quasi-violin concerto as well as Bach’s first Orchestral Suite. Tognetti’s ARIA Award-winning affinity for Bach has been praised by The Age as full of “lightness, nuance, colour and plenty of personality”.

These performances with Julia Lezhneva are part of ACO Baroque and are partnered with our Richard Tognetti & ACO Soloists concerts at Perth Concert Hall and Sydney Opera House.

Limelight Magazine

★★★★½ "Tognetti's crack band backs classy Russian mistress of the roulades."

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Sydney Morning Herald

★★★★½ "Baroque Brilliance soars to secret heights."

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The Australian

"Russian soprano Julia Lezhneva shows her class singing Handel."

Daily Telegraph

"Julia Lezhneva dazzles with her miraculous voice and some ACO brilliance."

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The Financial Times (UK)

“Lezhneva has a phenomenal gift, a serene, sleek voice, beatific in timbre. Technically it is flawless.”

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