Julia Lezhneva soprano
Orchestre de chambre de Paris
Douglas Boyd direction
Les Grandes Voix
Julia Lezhneva's vocal prowess has been compared to Cecilia Bartoli, and she is sure to charm in a programme of songs by Rossini and Mozart
Mozart, Hasse, Rossini Opera arias from Così fan tutte, Siroe, Otello, La Dame du lac
Mozart Concert aria
Ballet from Idomeneo, Deutsche Tänze
Rossini Overtures of Guillaume Tell and L’Echelle de soie
Julia Lezhneva was born on the island of Sakhalin in Russia and discovered Baroque music and coloratura very young by listening to a recording of Vivaldi by Cecilia Bartoli. This was a revelation for this Russian soprano, who had always known that her crystal clear voice fulfilled its potential more richly in the cascading notes of Rossini and the nuances of the Baroque repertoire than in Russian music. She won the famous Obraztsova singing competition at the age of 17 and was invited to the Rossini festival at Pesaro in Italy, where she performed with Juan Diego Florez at the opening gala.
The conductor Marc Minkowski introduced her to the international stage and invited her to record her first album of solo arias by Rossini at the age of 20. Julia Lezhneva is pursuing a career in opera, from the Salzburg Festival to the La Monnaie Theatre in Brussels, and from Covent Garden to the Liceu opera house in Barcelona. She is devoting this new recital to Mozart, Hasse and Rossini, whose famous Willow Song for Desdemona, made famous at the Théâtre des Champs Elysées by Cecilia Bartoli, will feature in the performance.