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Biography

Winner of The 2015 « les Amis du Grand Théâtre » Opera Bordeaux Competition and received the Bronze Medal of Bordeaux, Julia Knecht-Marcelli has been praised by the Classiquenews as « a young diva coloratura, young actress, with a real sincerity and interiority for each different role ». The seasons 2016-2017, she sings the role of Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, a role in which she received the price of the best female interpretation during the production of the Opera en plein air in 2014 under the direction of the famous journalist Patrick Poivre d’Arvor in France and the stage director Manon Savary broadcasted on nationals radio and television stations and Mezzo.

Her wide voice allows her to shine in Mozart operas (Donna Anna, Fiordiligi, Konztance, the Queen of the Night, Suzanna,) as well as in bel canto (Gilda, Violetta, Somnambula, Lucia di Lammermoor), and French repertoire (la Fée, Lakmé, Olympia, Antonia, Giulietta, Stella, Juliette, Manon). Julia often performs on nationals scenes in France (Dijon, Reims, Bordeaux, Festival Radio France) as well as in the Konzerthaus in Dormund, at the Stadthalle in Bayreuth and in New Orleans with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, collaborating with conductors such as Alain Altinoglu, Jean-Christophe Spinosi, Paolo Carignani, Alexandra Cravero, Debora Waldman, Nicholas Carter and renowned stage directors such as Philippe Arlaud, Vincent Vittoz, Emmanuelle Cordoliani, Karine Laleu, Jonathan Miller, Manon Savary.

Originating from Corsica, Julia Knecht-Marcelli completed her vocal studies at the Conservatoire Supérieur de Musique de Paris in 2013 with Honours. She entered an Artist Diploma at the Conservatoire de Paris in October 2013 and quickly won the “Or du Rhin” scholarship for her project of recording the Camille Saint-Saëns Melodies “la Cendre rouge”. She created and recorded lot of contemporary pieces like “todo mesclao” a cycle of Januibe tejera Melodies with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Radio France and the role of “la Sculptrice” in the opera Amok by Francois Cattin (Chaux de Fonds Switzerland).

Her recent performances include a concert at the Opéra National de Bordeaux in May 2017. In August 2017, she was one of the D.I.V.A.S in the show staged by Manon Savary at the Théâtre Montparnasse in Paris, which won the Best Musical Revue of the year 2017. In January 2018, she sang for a China’s Tour her recital “la folie dans l’Opéra” with the Orchestre Nouvelle Europe.