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Julia Sitkovetsky SOPRANO
Julia is an award-winning, full- lyric coloratura soprano, who has been called 'outstanding' (The Guardian), 'an exceptional young talent with a rare, full, growing voice' (Iain Bell), and a 'captivating interpreter' (CNVC.org). She is of Russian and American heritage, but born in London into a musical family. She studied on the Postgraduate Vocal Course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, studying with Professor Susan McCulloch. In 2012, she graduated with a First Class degree in Music from The Queen's College, Oxford. In September 2014, she joined the Wales International Academy of Voice, continuing her studies with Dennis O’Neill and Marie McLaughlin, supported by a Help Musicians UK Tutton Award. She is also a member of the English National Opera OperaWorks Programme for 2014/15.
She began her operatic experience at a young age, performing the role of ‘Flora' (cover) in Britten's The Turn of the Screw at Glyndebourne and at English National Opera.
While studying at Oxford, her operatic roles include: 'Damon' Acis and Galatea, 'Mrs Gobineau' The Medium (New Chamber Opera), ‘Miss Jessel' The Turn of the Screw (Oxford Opera), ‘Galatea’ Acis and Galatea(NCO), ‘Betty’ Salieri's Fastaff (NCO), 'First Witch' Dido and Aeneas(Orchestra of St John's Proms at the Ashmolean), 'Eurydice' Orphee aux Enfers (NCO) and ‘Elisa’ Il Re Pastore (NCO).
Whilst at the Guildhall, her postgraduate scenes performances include ‘Zerbinetta’ Ariadne auf Naxos, ‘Sophie’ Der Rosenkavalier and '‘Madame Herz’ Der Schauspieldirektor, and 'Sophie' Der Rosenkavalier and 'Jano' Jenufa for the Guildhall Opera Course scenes.
In October 2013, she understudied Diana Damrau in the lead role of ‘Moll Hackabout’ in the world premiere ofA Harlot’s Progressby Iain Bellat Theater an der Wien, which played to great critical acclaim.
Recent successes include: Bathilde (cover) and Chorus in Vert Vert with Garsington Opera, ‘Monica’ The Medium (Menotti) with the Grimeborn Festival at the Arcola Theatre, London, and Soprano soloist in a concert of Italian arias and Mahler Symphony no. 4 with Dmitry Sitkovetsky and the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra, USA.
She is also very in demand as a recitalist and soloist, having given many recitals at Oxford, as well as performing concerts at theNewport Music Festival in 2010, with the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra in the USA and the Orchestra of St John's at the Ashmolean in March and October 2011 and March 2012. She has performed a recital at the Barbican as part of the pre-LSO recital scheme and a concert of Mendelssohn songs as part of Eugene Asti’s series of Mendelssohn song recitals at the GSMD. In 2013, she performed the role of ‘Imogen’ in Journeying Boys, a project devised and directed by Iain Burnside at Guildhall and Soprano solo in De Staatby Louis Andriessen at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London. She has been a guest artist many times in the 'Song in the City' festival, London, run by Gavin Roberts.
She won First Prize in the Dean and Chadlington Competition 2014; was a 2014 YCAT finalist, a 2014 Susan Chilcott Award finalist; a 2014Royal Overseas League Competition finalist, a finalist in the Susan Longfield Competition at Guildhall (2013) and was awarded ‘Commended’ at the National Mozart Competition (2012). She has also won vocal competitions such as the English Song Prize and Young Singer of the Year at Richmond Music Festival in 2007, and more recently the Solo Voice Scholarship (2009) and Joan Conway scholarship (2012) at Oxford.
Future plans include scenes workshops and performances with ENO OperaWorks, recitals and public masterclasses with WIAV and a return to Garsington Opera in 2015 with the roles of 'Danish Lady' and 'First Player' in Britten's Death in Venice, conducted by Steuart Bedford.
Julia is generously supported by a Help Musicians UK Tutton Award, The Worshipful Company of Needlemakers, The Seary Trust, Elisabeth J. Roberts and the Joan Conway Scholarship.