Julia Lezhneva

Baroque. Bel Canto. Bravura.

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A thrilling new voice in sparkling, soaring song.

In Italy there’s a word for Julia Lezhneva’s impetuous virtuosity: bravura. It’s bravura which makes audiences gasp with astonished delight when a singer jumps the most difficult technical and musical hurdles.

Such gasps are regularly heard at Lezhneva’s concerts. The 23-year-old soprano has already earned a world-wide reputation for superb performances of the most intricate and dazzling repertoire from the Baroque to the stratospheric vocal acrobatics of bel canto opera. Her astonishing musical maturity saw Lezhneva make her recording debut at 18 with luminary period music conductor Marc Minkowski, and launched a precocious international career. She is a talent in the ascendant.

Lezhneva’s voice and temperament are perfectly suited to the spectacle and emotion of the Baroque masters. Vivaldi, Handel and Porpora use all of the techniques of opera in their sacred music – runs, roulades, trills and exquisite melody – to move and awe the congregation. Mozart’s Exsultate, jubilate is one of the purest expressions of joy in the repertoire. Lezhneva’s emotional intelligence makes her one of the most soughtafter Rossini heroines on the scene, revealing the heart beneath the vocal fireworks.

Julia Lezhneva is accompanied by pianist Mikhail Antonenko.

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre as part of the 2014 Great Performers series


Baroque. Bel Canto. Bravura.

‘In furore’ from Motet:
In furore justissimae irae, RV 626

‘O nox dulcis’ from Motet:
Saeviat tellus inter rigores, HWV 240

‘Care deus cordi amantis’
from Motet: In caelo stelle clare

‘Tu virginum corona… Alleluia’
from Motet: Exsultate, jubilate, K.165

‘La Regata Veneziana’

‘Ma rendi pur contento’

Impromptu in G-flat, Op.90, No.3

‘Tanti affeti’ from La Donna del Lago