lirico spinto soprano
Already during her education, Viennese soprano Julia Kamenik began appearing within Vienna’s independent opera scene in productions such as Stallerhof by Gerd Kühr and Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro in which she sang the role of the Contessa. Her professional operetta debut was in the title role of Madame Pompadour at the Stadttheater Gießen, followed by a Robert Stolz operetta gala at the Wiener Kammeroper. She was then engaged by the Opéra National du Rhin in Strasbourg under the auspices of the “Jeunes Voix du Rhin” for the season of 2001-02, where she interpreted a broad range of repertoire. Julia Kamenik won several prizes at international vocal competitions, such as the “Belvedere Singing Competition” in Vienna and the “Singing Competition Ferruccio Tagliavini” in Deutschlandsberg.
Since the 2002-03 season, Julia Kamenik has appeared regularly with the Oper Bonn, where she has been celebrated as Pamina, Arminda (La finta giardiniera), Konstanze, Donna Elvira, Frau Fluth, Baronin Freimann (Der Wildschütz), Antonia, Marguerite, Micaëla, Helena (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Mary Lloyd (Die Herzogin von Chicago), Rosalinde, Iphis (Jephta), Fulvia (Ezio), Euridice, Mimì and most recently the title role in Katja Kábánova and Die Frau in Hindemith’s one-act opera Mörder, Hoffnung der Frauen. Also notable is her portrayal of the title role in Grigori Frid’s mono-opera The Diary of Anne Frank, which was equally hailed by press and public.
Additionally, she has appeared in guest engagements at the Staatstheater Braunschweig, the Staatsoper Hannover, the Staatstheater Nürnberg, the Theater Dortmund, the Staatstheater Oldenburg, the Theater Krefeld, the Hessische Staatstheater Wiesbaden (Pamina, Rosalinde, Marguerite and Donna Elvira), as well as the Komische Oper Berlin, where she interpreted the role of Julia de Weert in Künneke’s operetta Der Vetter aus Dingsda for three consecutive seasons. Since the 2013-14 season Julia Kamenik is a free-lance artist and had guest engagements as Contessa at the Theater Baden and as Pamina at Oper Bonn.
Alongside her opera engagements, the artist frequently appears in concert and recital. She sang at Prague’s Smetana Hall with the Prague Philharmonia, at the Wagnerfestwochen Siegburg and the Bonner Schumannfest (Wesendonck-Lieder), at Festival Murten Classics (Sylva Varescu in Die Csárdásfürstin), the Musikfestival Bern (The Diary of Anne Frank), the Brucknerfest Linz with the Bruckner Orchester (Donna Elvira), the Kunsthalle Düsseldorf (Die Schönheit der Schatten – hommage by Werner Schroeter), the Concertgebouw Amsterdam (Donna Elvira), the Beethoven-Haus Bonn the Barocksaal Wien and the Austrian Cultural Forum Berlin.
Her US debut was at the Austrian Cultural Forum New York, where she gave an acclaimed recital with Austrian and American art songs. Tour performances have brought her to France, Italy, Slovenia, Japan and Lebanon.