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Julia Sophie Wagner (Soprano)

Born: 1979 - Munich, Bavaria, Germany

The German soprano, Sophie Julia Wagner, received her first singing lessons from her mother, Helene Grabenhorst. She then studied at the Hochschule für Musik "Franz Liszt" in Weimar with Venceslava Hruba-Freiberger, at McGill University in Montreal, Canada with Professor Lucile Evans and the Hochschule für Musik und Theater "Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy" in Leipzig with Professor Hans-Joachim Beyer. She received further artistic training by attending master classes with Edith Wiens, Peter Schreier, Graham Johnson and Ingrid Figur. She has won several national and international competitions, including the Mozart International Singing Competition in Prague, 3rd prize at the Paula Salomon-Lindberg Competition for for Contemporary Lied in Berlin 2005, winner of the Lortzing Competition in Leipzig 2007; Lied prize at the Mozart Competition in Prague 2008, among others. She also won scholarships of the Deutschen Akademischen Austauschdienstes (DAAD) (2003) and the Friends of the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy in Leipzig, and of the Leipzig Opera (2008), where she sang Le Feu and Rossignol in Ravel's L'enfant et les Sortileges and Anna Reich in Lustigen Weibern von Windsor.

Sophie Julia Wagner is in demand primarily as recital and concert singer. She made her concert debut in 2002 in Carmina Burana at the Herkulessaal in Munich. She has worked with orchestras including the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, RTVE Madrid, Orchestra del Maggio Musicale, Nürnberger Symphoniker, Bach-Collegium Stuttgart, Bach Collegium München, and has sung with with Baroque ensembles as the Händel-Festspielorchester der Oper Halle, Hamburg Sinfonietta, Züricher Barockorchester LaPartita and Neues Bachisches Collegium Musicum, as well as with the Ensemble Moderntimes_1800. Many of these concerts were recorded for radio and television.

Julia Sophie Wagner is also dedicated More and more to the opera. She was last heard in Osnabrück as Gretel, as well as in Gera and Altenburg as Najade in Richard Strauss' Ariadne auf Naxos.

Concert tours and guest appearances have taken Julia Sophie Wagner to many European countries, North and South America and to Egypt, where she sang at the Cairo Opera House. In addition, she has also been invited to prestigious international music festivals, including the Maggio Musicale Florence, Mendelssohn Festtagen in Leipzig, Tagen alter Musik Herne, Oregon Bach Festival, Carinthian Summer and the European Music Festival Stuttgart under Helmuth Rilling, and the Rheingau Musikfestival and Festival de la Chaise Dieu under Daniel Reuss.

Last Julia Sophie Wagner has given Lieder recitals in Germany and Japan, besides; she was a guest in Barcelona, where she sang in the concert series celbrating the 100 Anniversary of the Palau de la Musica the soprano part in Haydn's Seasons. She also sang in Haydn's Creation under Helmuth Rilling in Winterthur and Florence, and appeared concerts at the Gewandhaus in Leipzig and the Philharmonie in Berlin.

Future projects include her debut as Queen of the night, under the baton of Howard Arman and concerts with solo cantatas by Bach in Santiago de Compostela conducted by Helmuth Rilling, and concerts at the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden and at the Liederhalle. Other future concerts include concerts of Georg Frideric Handels Saul (Münchener Bach-Chor under Hansjörg Albrecht) in Brixen and Engelbert Humperdincks Hänsel und Gretel in Osnabrück.

Julia Sophie Wagner now lives in Leipzig. She can be heard on the CD production Un momento di contento (arias by Georg Frideric Handel), published by Coviello.

Source: J.S. Bach-Stiftung, St. Gallen Website (2010), Kunst & Justiz Website & Landesthater Altenburg & Carinthischer Sommer - Festival Ossiah-Villach Website (2011), English translation by Aryeh Oron (May 2011)
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Aryeh Oron (May 2011)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works




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DVD: BWV 29, BWV 138

Links to other Sites

J.S. Bach-Stiftung, St. Gallen: Julia Sophie Wagner, Sopran [German]
Julia Sophie Wagner page on Facebook [German]

Sophie Julia Wagner (Kunst & Justiz) [German]
Julia Sophie Wagner (Landesthater Altenburg) [German]
Julia Sophie Wagner (Carinthischer Sommer - Festival Ossiah-Villach) [German]

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