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The soprano Julia Kleiter, who comes from Limburg in Hesse, Germany, and who studied voice in Hamburg with William Workman and in Cologne with Klesie Kelly-Moog, began her international career in 2004 as Pamina in a staging of The Magic Flute by Robert Wilson at the Opéra national de Paris; Claudio Abbado then engaged her in the same role for performances in Reggio Emilia, Ferrara, Baden-Baden, and Edinburgh. Nikolaus Harnoncourt also became one of the singer’s early mentors. Under his direction, she sang Serpetta in Mozart’s La finta giardiniera at Zurich Opera in 2006 and Ilia in Idomeneo at the styriarte in Graz in 2008. Since 2006, Julia Kleiter has performed regularly at the Salzburg Festival, making her debut there in Mozart’s Lucio Silla; she later returned as Pamina (2012, under Harnoncourt), Emma in Schu-
bert’s Fierabras (2014), and Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte (2016). Other credits include at the Semperoper in Dresden, the Metropolitan Opera in New York, Chicago Lyric Opera, and the Bavarian Staatsoper. With the part of Eva in Die Meistersinger, which she sang for the first time in 2015 at the Berlin Staatsoper, she expanded her repertoire to include Wagnerian roles. In the fall of 2017, she made her role debut as Agathe in Weber’s Der Freischütz at La Scala in Milan; her debut at the Royal Opera House in London, which will be as Mozart’s Figaro Countess, has been planned for 2019. Julia Kleiter is a sought-after lieder singer and occasionally also concertizes with her uncle, the tenor Christoph Prégardien; she recorded The Italian Book of Songs by Hugo Wolf with him. As a concert singer, she works with such conductors as Ivor Bolton, Daniel Harding, René Jacobs, Fabio Luisi, Zubin Mehta, Marc Minkowski, and Riccardo Muti.
LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 7 September 2006 in lieder by Haydn, Wolf, and Strauss, accompanied by Hilko Dumno.