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Julia Lezhneva


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Julia Lezhneva (Russian: Юлия Михайловна Лежнева) (born December 5, 1989) is a Russian soprano and coloratura mezzo-soprano opera singer.
She has studied with Elena Obraztsova, Dennis O’Neill and Yvonne Kenny.

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Julia Lezhneva was born on December 5, 1989 in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk (Sakhalin island), Russia, into a family of geophysicists.
In 2004 Lezhneva graduated with distinction from the Gretchaninov Music School in Moscow.
In June 2008 she received an honours degree for her vocal studies and a diploma for piano at the Moscow Conservatory Academic Music College.

She pursued her studies from 2008 at the Cardiff International Academy of Voice (CIAV) under Dennis O’Neill.
While at CIAV, Lezhneva participated in masterclasses of Richard Bonynge, Carlo Rizzi, John Fisher, Kiri te Kanawa, Ileana Cotrubas, and Rebecca Evans.
She has attended masterclasses with Elena Obraztsova in St. Petersburg in 2007, and with Alberto Zedda at the Accademia Rossiniana in Pesaro in 2008.
She also attended masterclasses with Thomas Quasthoff during the 2009 Verbier Festival.

She has given solo appearances at the Great, Small and Rachmaninoff Halls of Moscow State Conservatory, the Great and Small Halls of Saint-Petersburg Philharmonic, the Bolshoi Theatre and also internationally in Poland, Japan, Slovakia, Great Britain, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Spain, Norway and Italy.
At the age of 12 Lezhneva began to participate in vocal competitions and festivals.
She won the Grand Prix at both of Elena Obraztsova’s international competitions, the 1st Competition for Young Vocalists (2006) and the 6th Competition for Young Opera Singers (2007), for which she also won all special prizes.


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