Julia Lezhneva takes over for Franco Fagioli

03 Mar 2023

Countertenor Franco Fagioli has unfortunately had to cancel his participation in the concerts from 9 to 11 March at the Philharmonie Berlin and in the concert on 8 April at the Baden-Baden Easter Festival conducted by Emmanuelle Haïm for health reasons. His part in George Frideric Handel's Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno will be taken over by the soprano Julia Lezhneva.

The Berliner Philharmoniker are very grateful to Julia Lezhneva for stepping in at such short notice. 

Julia Lezhneva went on to study singing at the conservatory in Moscow, the Cardiff International Academy of Voice and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. In particular, the mezzo-soprano Elena Obraztsova and Marc Minkowski, who familiarised her with Baroque music, were key to her career. Today, thanks to her bright, clear and very flexible voice, the Russian, who gives concerts all over the world, is considered the ideal interpreter for virtuoso vocal parts of the Baroque and First Viennese School periods. “Music has made me a better person,” says Julia Lezhneva, who made her debut with the Berliner Philharmoniker in 2019. “Through it, I have learned to love nature and people more.”

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Julia Lezhneva
(Photo: Emil Matveev)