Monday, January 30, 2012

Meet the Singers: Julia Lima

Julia Lima, 30, Soprano, was born a singer, according to her mother. And she always wanted to be a singer. And maybe a gymnast. Our first Russian singer, Ms. Lima was born in Yugorsk (Siberia), raised in Moscow, and moved to New York City a year and a half ago. As a big Tolstoy fan, let's just say she had me at "Siberia," and her story of discipline and determination inspired me.

Back in Yugorsk, Siberia, Ms. Lima demonstrated accomplishment in both the singing and gymnastics worlds during her youth. Studying the athletic form for eleven years between the ages of 5 to 16, Ms. Lima achieved the level of Master in the demanding and exacting sport. At the same time she was busy singing, and her then vocal teacher, Lyudmila Kravchenko, advised Ms. Lima that she had a big vocal range, more than enough for opera, which was proven true when she later won a Young Talent Contest that provided her with a scholarship to attend Moscow's prestigious State Musical School, Gnessin College.

After her years of studying in Moscow, Ms. Lima was driven to achieve a higher singing qualification and to take on a higher level of vocal coaching and decided that she would find what she was looking for in New York City. Currently studying under Mark Schnaibel and Anna Skibinski, Ms. Lima has certainly captured the attention of the Met judges to date, having passed through the first audition to compete in this Regional round.

Opera Idols: Do you come from a musical family? Any singers? 
Julia Lima: No, but my mother likes to sing at home just for fun.

OI: Do you have a favourite opera/aria/composer?
JL: Mozart is my favourite composer, and Queen of the Nile is my favourite opera.

OI: Any advice to future auditioners/opera singers?
JL: Just don't think when you are up is all about performing.

OI: What has been your best experience at these MONC ER auditions?
JL: When I am on stage!

OI: Do you have any techniques to relax after an audition?
JL: I just try to be here and now in this moment of my life, when I perform.


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