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ACO: Julia Lezhneva - Baroque Brilliance


Mon 10 Oct 2016, 7:00pm

Where: Concert Hall - QPAC, Cnr Grey St and Melbourne Street, South Brisbane, Queensland

Restrictions: All Ages

Listed by: caseyradley

Although only 25, Julia Lezhneva has earned standing ovations internationally for her poise and prowess as a performer of the most challenging repertoire. Her 2014 visit to Australia enthralled local audiences, winning her a Helpmann Award for Best Individual Classical Performance.

This young Russian soprano’s voice is impeccably suited to the intricacy and passion of the Baroque masters. Ottone in Villa was Vivaldi’s first opera, and it amply displays the genius of his melodic gift. Handel’s Alessandro is all lightness and charm, yet holds rich potential for vocal fireworks for a singer of Lezhneva’s abilities.

Richard Tognetti directs the ACO in this consummate program, playing Handel’s quasi-violin concerto as well as Bach’s first Orchestral Suite. Tognetti’s ARIA Award-winning affinity for Bach has been praised by The Age as full of “lightness, nuance, colour and plenty of personality”.

“A transcendental night of Baroque masterworks and sublime vocal magic. A feast for the senses!” - Julian Thompson, ACO Cello

“Lezhneva has a phenomenal gift, a serene, sleek voice, beatific in timbre. Technically it is flawless.” - Financial Times (UK)


Porpora In caelo stelle clare, motet for soprano and strings
Bach Orchestral Suite No.1 in C major
Handel Salve Regina
Handel Alessandro (selections)
Alla sua gabbia d’oro
Solitudine amate in cui sfogarmilive una flamma infelice
Aure, fonti, ombre gradite
Brilla nell’alma
Vivaldi Leggi almeno, tiranna infedele from Ottone in Villa
Handel Sonata a 5 in B-flat major


Richard Tognetti Director & Violin
Julia Lezhneva Soprano