Biography

British/American Julia Sitkovetsky is a lyric-dramatic coloratura soprano with a flourishing, exciting international career.

In the 2021/22 season, Julia will return to the Semperoper Dresden and Deutsche Oper am Rhein in their productions of Die Zauberflöte as ‘The Queen of the Night’, and will perform this role at the Komische Oper Berlin (house debut) and the Deutsche Oper am Rhein. She will release her album of songs by Edward Elgar with pianist Christopher Glynn and Chandos Records in Autumn 2021, and she will perform Shostakovich songs with her father Dmitry Sitkovetsky at the Internationale Shostakovich Festival in Dresden in summer 2021 and the Petworth Festival in the UK in July 2022.

In the 2020/2021 season, Julia performed her signature role of’ The Queen of the Night’ in Die Zauberflöte at the Semperoper Dresden. She would have debuted the roles of ‘Elvira’ in Bellini’s I Puritani and ‘Morgana’ in Handel’s Alcina at Deutsche Oper am Rhein, and should have sung ‘The Queen of the Night’ in Barrie Kosky’s production of Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte and ‘Waldvogel’ in Wagner’s Siegfried at Deutsche Oper am Rhein, but they were cancelled due to Covid-19.

In the 2019/20 season, Julia made her house debut at the Semperoper Dresden with the role of ‘The Queen of the Night’ in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte.

She returned to Deutsche Oper am Rhein to reprise her roles of Le Feu/La Princesse/Le Rossignol’ in Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortilèges and ‘Waldvogel’ in Siegfried in Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen.

She gave recitals with Roger Vignoles at the Wigmore Hall and Snape Maltings, as well as celebrated the release of their CD of Rachmaninov songs with Hyperion Records in May 2020.

In the 2018/19 season, Julia made her role and house debut as ‘Le Feu/La Princesse/Le Rossignol’ in Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortilèges, and later ‘Waldovgel’ in Wagner’s Siegfried at Deutsche Oper am Rhein; she returned to Staatsoper Hannover with the role of ‘Maria’ in Manfred Trojahn’s Was ihr wollt; and made her role and house debut as ‘The Queen of the Night’ in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte at Scottish Opera.

In the 2017/18 season, Julia made her role and house debut as ‘Gilda’ in Verdi’s Rigoletto at the Landestheater Linz, Austria, and to the Staatsoper Hannover with the role of ‘Ida’ in Henze’s Der Junge Lord. She also performed the role of ‘Fernando Cortez’ in Vivaldi’s Motezuma at Theater Ulm.

Julia was a 2019 Paris Opera Competition finalist, she won the Prix Spécial du Centre Lyrique Clermont-Auvergne at the International Clermont Ferrand Competition 2017; First Prize in the 2014 Dean and Chadlington Competition; a 2018 Susan Chilcott Award Finalist; a Semifinalist in the Hans Gabor Belvedere Competition 2018 and a 2014 Young Classical Artists Trust Finalist at the Wigmore Hall.

Julia made her professional operatic debut at the age of 16 at Glyndebourne and English National Opera, understudying ‘Flora’ in Britten’s The Turn of the Screw. She trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and continues her studies with Marie McLaughlin and Susan Roberts.

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