Born in 1998 in Toronto, Canadian soprano Julia Dębowska is completing her baccalaureate at the Hanns Eisler School of Music under the guidance of Prof. Thomas Quasthoff. In April 2023, she will perform in the Neue Szenen VI of the Deutsche Oper Berlin. Her most recent performance was in Febuary 2023 as Lia in C. Debussy's L'enfant prodigue, in BAT-Studiotheater Berlin with the Baßar Ensemble. In 2021, she sang her debut at the Konzerthaus Berlin with the Philharmonische Orchester des Staatstheater Cottbus. The same year, she performed concerts with the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival and the Alte Musik Fest Friedenau. She is a scholar with the Verein Yehudi Menuhin Live Music Now Berlin e.V. and a scholarship receiver of the Lucia-Loeser Stiftung.
On stage, she has otherwise played Zora (Svadba, Ana Sokolovic), Minerva (Il ritorno d'ulisse in patria, Monteverdi), Mimi (La Boheme, Puccini), Oberto (Alcina, Händel), and Lucy (The Telephone, Menotti). Other roles include Barbarina and Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro, Mozart), Despina (Cosi fan tutte, Mozart), Marguerite (Faust, Gounod) and Tatjana (Eugene Onegin, Tchaikovsky).
As a chamber musician, Julia cultivates her art in a variety of styles, from Early music, Romantic folk-derived song repertoire and 20th-21st century music. With former experience in ballet, film, and theatre acting, she is happiest when experimenting and combining these various art forms with music.
Julia Dębowska is a prizewinner of the IV Giulio Perotti International Vocal Competition, the Canadian Music Competition, the American Protegé International Vocal Competition, and the Young Gifted Musicians' Festival "Passion of Music. As winner of the latter two competitions, she performed at Carnegie Hall in New York. She was a finalist in the II Carl Loewe Vocal Competition.
Prior to her current studies, Julia completed her preliminary musical studies as a full scholarship student at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Canada under the direction of Prof. Jean MacPhail. She received important musical impulses from Marshall Pynkoski (Opera Atelier), Joan Dornemann (Metropolitan Opera), László Kéringer (Operetta and Musical Theater in Budapest),Theresa Rodriguez (Sociedad Internacional de Valores de Arte Mexicano), Paul Nadler (Metropolitan Opera), David Rosenmeyer (Oratorio Society of New York) and Rainer Armbrust (Staatsoper Karlsruhe, Bayreuth Festival, Israeli Opera).
A lover of languages, Julia is fluent in German, English, French and Polish, and is currently learning Italian and Hungarian. She is a former recipient of the Deutschlandstipendium and the Giovanni Omodeo Foundation.
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