Julia Lezhneva, the russian young soprano from the far east, was born in 1989, in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk , on the island of Sakhalin.
Coordinates: 46°58′ N, 142°44′ E
Population: 190 000
The island is close to Japan; in fact, it was a Japanese territory between 1905 and 1946.
How hard is it to live in a town like Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk ?
Isolated, lost in a forgotten corner of the planet, with almost no cultural life, it's also an ugly urban space, mostly made of four-storey soviet prefab blocks. And in the island around, intensive exploration of coal and gas, the main economic activity.
Well, something has been done in recent years, with the emerging wealth of Asia-Pacific region. A bit of colour, new facilities, commodities and buildings.
All churches in town are recently built (last decade):
- the rich Orthodox Cathedral of the Ressurection :
- the orthodox Church of St. Nicholas, a traditional style wood building of 2005:
- The Chekov Center, a Theater and Concert Hall where the Sakhalin choir often sings:
So this was the unlikely cradle for the angelic voice of Lezhneva !
G. F. Handel :
Saeviat tellus (Mottetto) O nox dulcis
Julia Lezhneva, soprano
Il Giardino Armonico, cond. G. Antonini