Julia Sitkovetsky – Soprano
Winner of the 2014 Festival Singing Competition, Julia Sitkovetsky is an award winning, young lyric coloratura soprano, who has been called “outstanding” (The Guardian), “radiant” (Vasabladet),”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. In 2012, she graduated with a First Class 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 works with Elizabeth Rowe, Jonathan Papp, Susan Roberts and Susanna Stranders on a regular basis.
This season, Julia made her major role debut as ‘Mimi’ in Puccini’s La Bohème for Vaasa Opera, Finland in January 2016. She will be making her role and festival debut in the title role of Handel’s Alcina at Longborough Festival Opera 2016 and will be performing Berg’s Lyric Suite with the Tana String Quartet in a lecture/recital at the Wigmore Hall, led by Gavin Plumley. She will also be making her recital debut at St Martin-in-the-Fields with the Concordia Foundation and Maite Aguirre.
Successes in 2015/16 season include: a return to Garsington Opera with the roles of ‘Danish Lady’ and ‘First Strolling Player’ in Britten’s Death in Venice, conducted by Steuart Bedford, and covering ‘Resi’ in Richard Strauss’s Intermezzo, conducted by Jac van Steen; ‘Emilia’ in Vivaldi’s Catone in Utica at Dartington Summer Festival conducted by Adrian Chandler, soprano solo in Ein Deutsches Requiem Brahms conducted by Anna-Maria Helsing, and her debut recital for the Concordia Foundation with William Vann.
Julia is generously supported by a Help Musicians UK Tutton Award, The Fidelio Charitable Trust, The Worshipful Company of Needlemakers, The Seary Trust, Elisabeth J. Roberts and the Joan Conway Scholarship.
For more information please visit www.juliasitkovetskysoprano.com