Opera Australia’s Julie Lea Goodwin is a leading soprano. She played Maria in an outdoor production of West Side Story on Sydney Harbour in 2019. She sang Musetta in La bohème and Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro for Opera Australia, as well as Madama Cortese in Il viaggio a Reims. She also played Wendy Whiteley in Elena Kats-Whiteley Chernin’s in its world premiere. In 2021, she sang the title role in The Merry Widow at Opera Australia, and in 2022, she sings Musetta.

Julie Lea featured as Musetta in a new production of La bohème for Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour in 2018 and sang Greta in Opera Australia’s Metamorphosis. Girofle/Girofla in Two Weddings One Bride, Princess Ninetta in The Love for Three Oranges, The Woodbird in Der Ring des Nibelungen, Voce dal cielo in Don Carlo, and Hanna Glawari in The Merry Widow are among the national company’s other roles.

Julie Lea, then 19 years old, was cast in the major role of Christine Daae in Anthony Warlow’s national tour of The Phantom of the Opera.

The following year, she toured Australia as Maria in West Side Story. “With her mixture of innocence and developing sexuality,” the Australian said, hers was “the standout performance.”

Other notable performances include the title role in Sydney Chamber Opera’s The Cunning Little Vixen and her Green Room Award-nominated performance as Grace in Annie (against Anthony Warlow and Todd McKenney), for which The Courier Mail wrote: “secretary Grace is a truly wonderful example of a gifted actress with an exceptional voice working magic.”

Skylark Classics released her first classical album, Love Went a-Riding (containing English Art Songs performed by Sharolyn Kimmorley).

Julie Lea has performed as a soprano soloist with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (The Music of AR Rahmen), Adelaide Symphony Orchestra (Gershwin’s American Songbook), and Sydney Philharmonia Orchestra (Gershwin’s American Songbook) (A Cole Porter Celebration)

Julie Lea sang at the 85th anniversary celebration of Jaeger-LeCoultre in Malaysia, the relaunch of Hilton Sydney’s Grand Ballroom, an intimate event for Holden on the State Theatre stage, and the Men of League Foundation’s Gala Dinner, among other business events.

Julie Lea Goodwin is a proud Collezione Santina Haute Couture Ambassador.

Marianne and Warren Lesnie are behind Julie Lea Goodwin.

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