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The German soprano grew up in the Netherlands and Switzerland. She studied voice in Amsterdam with Margreet Honig. She then became a member of the International Opera Studio of the Zurich Opera, during which time she sang around twenty roles at the opera house ranging from Papagena to Adele under the baton of such renowned conductors as Nello Santi, Nikolaus Harnoncourt and Franz Welser-Möst. A guest engagement at the house to sing Anna Reich (in Nicolai’s The Merry Wives of Windsor) followed. Her first fixed engagement was at the Volkstheater Rostock. In 2005 she moved to the Städtische Bühnen Münster for three seasons. Since 2007 she has been based at Theater Erfurt.
Julia Neumann’s repertoire ranges from Baroque to contemporary. Cleopatra (from Handel’s Giulio Cesare), various Mozart roles, including amongst others Ilia (Idomeneo), Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro), Konstanze (Die Entfürung aus dem Serail), Pamina (The Magic Flute), Servilia (la Clemenza di Tito), as well as the title role in Berg’s Lulu are regarded as amongst her most favourite roles. Other cherished ones include Adina (L’Elisir d’Amore), Musetta (La bohème), Manon (Massenet), Gretel, Frau Fluth (The Merry Wives of Windsor) and Euridice (Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld).
Guest engagements have taken her to Bern (Adina and Oscar in Un ballo in maschera), Innsbruck and Würzburg (Queen of the Night), Groningen in the Netherlands (Pamina), Chemnitz (Adina), Leipzig (Adele), Augsburg (Lulu and Carmina Burana), Kiel, Malta, Moscow and Amsterdam. She achieved an outstanding success with her role debut as Lulu in 2011, which earned her international critical recognition and a nomination by the opera magazine Opernwelt in the category of “best up-and-coming singer” of that year.
In Julia Neumann’s concert appearances the works of J S Bach occupy a central place: various solo cantatas, oratorios, including the participation in a complete recording of his cantatas by the J S Bach Foundation of Switzerland and a Bach “opera” tailored especially for her (Triumph der Liebe) hold a special significance for her alongside the standard concert repertoire.