Biography

Julia Sitkovetsky is an award winning, young lyric/dramatic-coloratura soprano who is rapidly becoming established on stages at home in the UK and abroad. 

In the 2019/20 season, Julia makes house debuts at the Semperoper Dresden and Teatro Municipal de Santiago de Chile with the role of ‘The Queen of the Night’ in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte.

She returns 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 ‘Der Waldvogel’ in Siegfried in Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen.

She will also give recitals with Roger Vignoles at the Wigmore Hall and Snape Maltings, as well as celebrating the release of their CD of Rachmaninov songs with Hyperion Records Ltd in Autumn 2019.

The 2018/19 season saw Julia making her role and house debut as ‘Le Feu/La Princesse/Le Rossignol’ in Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortilèges and ‘Der Waldvogel’ in Siegfried in Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen at Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Düsseldorf, Germany, and a return to the Staatsoper Hannover with the role of ‘Maria’ in Manfred Trojahn’s Was ihr wollt. 

She then made her role and house debut as ‘The Queen of the Night’ in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte at Scottish Opera, UK.

Julia also made her recital debut in Madrid with Roger Vignoles in 2019 at the Fundacion Juan March.

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

Previous seasons saw Julia debut at the Staatsoper Hannover with the role of ‘Louise’ in Henze’s Die Englische Katze; the title role of Handel’s Alcina at Longborough Festival Opera; ‘Mimi’ in Puccini’s La Bohème for Vaasa Opera, Finland; ‘Danish Lady’ and ‘First Strolling Player’ in Britten’s Death in Venice with Garsington Opera; ‘Emilia’ in Vivaldi’s Catone in Utica at Dartington Festival.

Julia continues to be a committed and passionate recitalist and is equally at home on the concert stage. In the 2017/18 season she returned to the Wigmore Hall in September 2017 to perform a programme of Russian songs with Iain Burnside, and performed a Russian recital with pianist Alexander Melnikov for the BBC Radio 3 Big Chamber Weekend. Julia jumped in at short notice for the New Year’s Eve Gala with the Warsaw Philharmonic to sing arias by Johann Strauss in Warsaw, Poland.

In previous seasons on the concert platform, Julia joined the Arcadia Quartet in 2017 for performances of Schoenberg’s 2nd String Quartet in Cluj, Romania; she performed Berg’s Lyric Suite with the Tana String Quartet in a lecture/recital at the Wigmore Hall, led by Gavin Plumley; and recitals for the Concordia Foundation at St Martin-in-the-Fields.

Julia was a 2019 Paris Opera Competition Grand Finalist; she was the winner of the Prix Spécial du Centre Lyrique Clermont-Auvergne at the International Clermont Ferrand Competition; a Susan Chilcott Award 2018 Finalist; a semifinalist in the International Hans Gabor Belvedere Competition 2018; she won First Prize in the Dean and Chadlington Competition 2014; won a Sybil Tutton Award from Help Musicians UK; was a 2014 YCAT finalist; a 2014 Royal Overseas League Competition finalist; a finalist in the Susan Longfield Competition at Guildhall (2013) and was awarded ‘Commended’ at the National Mozart Competition (2012). 

Julia is of Russian and American heritage, but born in London into a musical family. In 2012, she graduated with a First Class Honours degree in Music from The Queen’s College, Oxford.

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 at the ages of 16 and 18 respectively.

She studied on the Postgraduate Vocal Course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, studying with Professor Susan McCulloch and was a member of the English National Opera OperaWorks Programme for 2014/15. She currently studies with Marie McLaughlin and Susan Roberts, and works with Elizabeth Rowe, Jonathan Papp and Susanna Stranders on a regular basis.

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