Make way for the young generation! After Alice Sara Ott, Santtu-Matias Rouvali and Anna Vinnitskaya another outstanding young artist will be making her debut with the Berliner Philharmoniker: the soprano Julia Lezhneva.
A particular voice
“You have given birth to an opera singer,” the doctor prophesied to Julia Lezhneva’s mother because her newborn baby was screaming so loudly. In her science-orientated family, Julia Lezhneva, who comes from the Russian island of Sakhalin, was an exception with her musical talent, yet her parents encouraged their daughter’s gift from the beginning. Two people in particular played a decisive role in her career: the mezzo-soprano Elena Obraztsova, who became her mentor, encouraging her to sing Baroque music, and Marc Minkowski, who spotted the young soprano on YouTube, and engaged her for his recording of Bach’s B Minor Mass. Thanks to her bright, clear and very flexible voice, today the Russian is the ideal performer of virtuosic vocal parts of the Baroque and First Viennese School. Luckily, Julia Lezhneva , whose great role model is Cecilia Bartoli, has loved this type of music since childhood. For her debut concert with the Philharmoniker, she sings the cantata “Berenice, che fai” by Josef Haydn, and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s concert aria “Ch’io mi scordi di te”.