Julia Arsentjeva was born in Ulyanovsk, Russia, where she entered the College of Musical Education in 1986. At the same time, she attended a youth theatre studio, where she played various principal roles and received tuition in ballet. After graduating from the College in 1990, she worked as stage director and voice teacher in a music/theatre studio for young children. From 1992 until 1999, Julia Arsentjeva studied voice at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatoire. 1994 saw her début at the Moscow Opera Studio as Zerlina in Mozart's Don Giovanni and Marfa in Rimsky-Korsakov's The Tsar's Bride. Taking part in the master class held by the distinguished conductor and festival intendant Gustav Kuhn, she reached the final of the 1999 "Neue Stimmen" competition in Germany. In 2000, she sang the role of Adele in Johann Strauss' Die Fledermaus at the Moscow Helicon Opera, where she was a soloist until 2009. During these years, she enjoyed great success in principal roles including Norina (Don Pasquale), Olympia (The Tales of Hoffmann), Serpina (La serva padrona), Rita (Donizetti's Rita), Thisbe (Pyramus und Thisbe), Вastienne (Bastien und Bastienne) and Despina (Сosì fan tutte). She was now also gaining an international reputation. In 2001 she was a prizewinner at the 19th International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition in Vienna, her award being the role of Adele at the Vienna Chamber Opera. In 2002 she sang Arsena in The Gypsy Baron in the Summer Arena at the Baden operetta festival, near Vienna. From 2003 until 2007, she was also an ensemble member at Opera Theatre in Görlitz, Germany, where she sang several major roles, and was highly acclaimed as the Queen of the Night in Mozart's Magic Flute. In Salzburg, she sang Euterpe in Gluck's Il parnaso confuso in 2009. She spent the years 2008 - 2010 in post-graduate training at Salzburg Mozarteum University, specialising in lied and oratorio with Breda Zakotnik, whose lied performance master class (held by the Hugo Wolf Society in Slovenj Gradec/Slovenia) she attended. She also expanded her artistic scope by attending seminars in gesture, singing, declamation and baroque dance with Margit Legler in Seitenstetten Abbey (Lower Austria). At home in many languages, she is a versatile singer, and her clear, expressive lyric soprano extends to coloratura performance. Since 2010, Julia Arsentjeva has made her home in Salzburg, where she sings in Mozart concerts, as well as giving lieder recitals and performing with chamber ensembles in Austria and Germany. Mozartiana Classics released a CD of Mozart arias in 2012.
NEW CD: Gems from Mozart