Julia Kogan is an award-winning Russian-American-French coloratura soprano. She is also the creator of contemporary musical projects fusing music, literature, dance, theater and film.
As a performer, Julia started out at the age of twelve in American musical theater before studying classical singing at university. Her international career has spanned opera, art song and concert repertoire from Baroque to contemporary. Her work has been featured in numerous broadcasts on television and radio, as well as in the press (The New York Times, The Washington Post, Opera News, etc.) Her solo recordings are distributed by Harmonia Mundi.
Recent roles include the Queen of the Night in Mozart’s “Die Zauberflöte” (Musikfestival Steyr, Avignon Opera, Toulouse Opera, Indianapolis Opera, Manitoba Opera), Madame Herz in Mozart’s “Schauspieldirektor” (Toulon Opera, Aix-en-Provence, Compiègne, Abeville, Amiens), Blonde in Mozart’s “Die Entführung aus dem Serail” and Zebinetta in R. Strauss’ “Ariadne auf Naxos” (Limoges Opera), and Greta Fiorentino in the French premiere of Kurt Weill’s “Street Scene” (Toulon Opera), and “Kurt Weill from Berlin to Broadway” with Edwin Cahill (Campos do Jordao, Brazil, Palm Beach Opera).
Julia’s concert appearances have taken her to venues around the world, including multiple appearance at Carnegie Hall, the Lincoln Center, The Library of Congress in Washington D.C., the Kremlin, the Alcazar Palace in Seville, the Hôtel de Ville in Paris, the Baryshnikov Arts Center, and many others across North and South America, Europe and Africa. She has collaborated with various orchestras and ensembles, including Chamber Orchestra Kremlin, the St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic, the Figueredo Consort, Die Junge Philharmonie Wien, the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, the Toulon Opera orchestra, the Little Orchestra Society, the Newcastle Baroque, the Orchestre de Picardie, Ensemble Calliopée, Les Passions, and the Oxford Philomusica.
Her orchestral recordings, “Vivaldi Fioritura” with Chamber Orchestra Kremlin and “Troika: Russia's westerly poetry in three orchestral song cycles” with the St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic, are available on Amazon. "In Jest", a recording of comic art songs from around the world with pianist Tyson Deaton, will be released shortly.
"Troika" was Julia’s first original project and contains three new orchestral song cycles composed for her by Jay Greenberg, Michael Schelle, Isabelle Aboulker, Eskender Bekmambetov, Ivan Barbotin, Lev Zhurbin, Andrei Rubtsov and James DeMars. The poems set to music are self-translated works by Russian poets who travelled to the West (Joseph Brodsky, Vladimir Nabokov) and French poems by Pushkin, Lermontov and Tiutchev.
Projects in current development include:
"The Lad", a new opera-ballet based on Marina Tsvetaeva's fairy tale poem in Russian (“Molodets”) and French (“Le Gars”), in collaboration with Eskender Bekmambetov, composer, Wayne Eagling, choreographer, and Stephane Roche, director.
"The Lost Songs of Hollywood", a new documentary film/recording project about the forgotten personal songs written by Jewish exiled composers in Los Angeles as they churned out hits for the film industry.
“Child’s Play” - an interactive e-book/app to introduce children to classical vocal music via animated songs originally written for children by the world's great composers.
"A Random Walk Down Song Street" - a new interactive, audience participation-based art song recital platform including original new song literature.