Julia Sporsén was born in Gothenburg, Sweden. The child of two professional opera singers she began her voice and piano studies at a young age. After reading drama at Gothenburg University, she joined a theatre summer festival in Stockholm for three years, playing principal roles in various plays. Then, concentrating on her singing, she studied three years at the Operastudio67 in Stockholm.
After private studies with Susanna Rigacci in Florence, she commenced her postgraduate studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London with Joy Mammen and Iain Ledingham, and graduated from the Royal Academy Opera Course with the highest award, DipRAM. She was also the winner of the Opera Rara Patric Schmidt Bel Canto Prize and the Flora Nielsen Song Prize.
In 2009 Julia made her debut at English National Opera singing Jano (whilst covering the roles of Jenufa and Musetta La bohème). She then became a Harewood Artist with the company, where other roles have included Katya in Weinberg’s The Passenger, Livia in Glanert’s Caligula, Rosalinde Die Fledermaus, and the title role in Martinu’s Julietta. She has also created two roles in world premieres: Julia in Torsten Rasch’s The Duchess of Malfi and Antigone in Julian Anderson’s The Thebans. The directors she has worked with there include David Pountney, Christopher Alden, Richard Jones and Pierre Audi.
Other notable appearances include Tebaldo Don Carlos for Opera North in a production that has been recorded for Chandos Records, Micaëla Carmen, Gilda Rigoletto and Nedda Pagliacci for Opera Holland Park, and Donna Anna Don Giovanni and Regan in the world premiere of Promised End by Alexander Goehr for English Touring Opera. In 2012 she made her debut at the Royal Swedish Opera singing Micaëla in Carmen.
Other roles include Vitellia La clemenza di Tito, Donna Elvira Don Giovanni, Mimì La bohème, Arminda La Finta Giardiniera, Armida Rinaldo, Adina L’Elisir d’Amore, Iphise in Rameau’s Dardanus with Laurence Cummings, and the title role in Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta with Steuart Bedford.
Notable concert engagements include recitals at London’s Wigmore Hall, and at Royal Opera House Covent Garden with Joseph Middleton, Mozart’s concert aria Bella mia fiamma conducted by Sir Colin Davis, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Haydn’s Creation with the Manchester Camerata, Haydn’s Stabat Mater with the London Mozart Players in St James’s Piccadilly and an appearance at Glastonbury Abbey where she sang Tatyana’s Letter scene from Eugene Onegin with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Charles Hazlewood. She has also toured with a one-woman show “Dreamlives” for the Liederkreis company: a staged performance of lieder by R. Strauss, Berg and Schönberg, with performances around the United Kingdom including the Leeds Lieder Festival.
Engagements this season and beyond include Kumudha in John Adams’s opera A Flowering Tree for Göteborg Opera, Violetta in La Traviata for Folkoperan in Stockholm, and a series of concerts with the Göteborg Symfoniker.
Ben Rayfield, Director
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