Julia Kogan is an American-raised Ukranian-born coloratura soprano living in France and enjoying an international career in concert and opera. Julia’s Queen of the Night in Austria’s Musikfestival Steyr production of "Die Zauberflöte" (broadcast on Austrian television and released on DVD) was described in the national press as "flawless" and "brilliant". She subsequently recorded concert arias for a CD of Mozart works ("Auf ewig dein Mozart") with Vienna’s Junge Philharmonie under Michael Lessky. Her Queen of the Night at Indianapolis Opera received praise both from local press and from Opera News. Julia has won numerous awards, including a first prize from the Concours International de Chant de Marmande, and has sung the Queen of the Night for Toulouse and Avignon opera houses. She has also performed the roles of Blonde in "Die Entfürhung aus dem Serail", Zerbinetta in "Ariadne auf Naxos" at Limoges Opera, and Greta Fiorentino with Toulon Opera in the French premiere of Kurt Weill's "Street Scene", as well as solo concerts with the orchestra of the Opéra de Toulon conducted by Olivier Holt. Upcoming roles include a repeat of Greta Fiorentino in Toulon, a Queen of the Night with Manitoba Opera, and Madame Herz in Mozart's "Der Schauspiel Direktor" in Aix, Toulon, Angers, etc.
Julia’s concert appearances have taken place throughout Austria, France, Russia, Spain, the UK, and the US. Her Spanish concert debut, with Chamber Orchestra Kremlin in Mallorca, was lauded in the press and followed by a performance of "Beethoven’s 9th Symphony" with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine under Volodymir Syrenko at the 2008 Rialp festival. In January 2009, she appeared with the Junge Philharmonie Wien conducted by Michael Lessky at Vienna’s Ehrbar Saal, and in March as the soprano soloist in Haydn’s "Stabat Mater". Julia made her New Jersey State Opera concert debut in February 2009. She made her UK concert debut in March 2008 with the Newcastle Baroque orchestra under Dr. Eric Cross in a program of rare Vivaldi works, and returned for Graun's "Der Tod Jesu" in March 2010. Her April 2009 appearance at the Seville Early Music Festival with the Figueiredo Consort singing Handel’s "Nine German Arias" was recorded live for Spanish radio and applauded in the press. Julia returned to Vivaldi in June 2009 and 2010 as featured soloist with The Little Orchestra Society conducted by Dino Anagnost at Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall in New York in the "Vivaldi's Venice" series. She made her Lincoln Center debut at Alice Tully Hall in February 2010 in a Victor Herbert 150th Anniversary Gala with the LOS. Her work with Chamber Orchestra Kremlin led by Misha Rachlevsky has taken her to Moscow for Baroque concerts as part of the Christmas at the Kremlin festival, and resulted in a solo album of Vivaldi arias, "Vivaldi fioritura", which was recently released by Rideau Rouge Records with distribution by Harmonia Mundi. Julia will be touring the "Vivaldi Fioritura" program in France with "Les Passions", conducted by Jean-Marc Andrieu in April 2011."Romances and Lieder", an album of Rachmaninoff, Mozart and Schubert songs was recorded with pianist Christopher Glynn for release in Brazil where she will appear in concert in November 2010 at the Theater Sao Pedro and in Campos de Jordao.
Alongside traditional opera, art song, and oratorio repertoire, Julia is also an avid performer of contemporary music. She has a special interest in new projects fusing literature, music, theater, and language. "There…", a song cycle by Eskender Bekmambetov based on Joseph Brodsky’s poems in English and Russian was premiered at Moscow’s Slobodkin Hall in 2007, followed in 2008 by performances at Carnegie Hall's Weill Hall, the Baryshnikov Arts Center, and the Library of Congress concert series, gathering praise from The New York Times and The Washington Post. "There…" was followed by the creation of a Russian and English orchestral song cycle based on the self-translated poems of Vladimir Nabokov (English versions composed by James DeMars, Jay Greenberg, and Michael Schelle; Russian versions by Ivan Barbotin, Andrey Rubtsov, and Ljova Zhurbin). Another cycle, based on French poems by Russia’s greatest 19th century poets, was set to music by Isabelle Aboulker. All three cycles were recorded in December 2009 with Jeffery Meyer conducting the St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic and will be released by Rideau Rouge Records in December 2010 with distribution by Harmonia Mundi. The world premiere of the Nabokov cycle, "Sing, Poetry" and Isabelle Aboulker's "Caprice Etrange" took place on December 25th, 2009 at Glinka Hall in St. Petersburg. A new opera-ballet based on Marina Tsvetaeva’s Russian and French fairytale in verse "The Lad" is currently in the works with composer Eskender Bekmambetov.
Julia is equally comfortable with opera, art song and oratorio repertoire, as well as with English, French, German, Italian, and Russian texts.