Julia Schechtman has sung coloratura and lyric roles in various European opera houses. Her glorious high notes and astonishing vocal agility were heard in Germany, Switzerland, Holland.
As the youngest singer on the roster of her first European opera house (Aachen), she delivered a dramatic short-notice substitution for an ailing fellow soprano in a totally unfamiliar modern part, with a mere three days to learn the role (The Daughter, in Shostakovitch's "Die Nase.") This was followed by performances as Adina in "L'Elisir d'amore", and then Adele in "Die Fledermaus." Other theaters offered her Gilda, Susanna, Rosina (see photo, left) Despina, Zerbinetta, and more. Her CD, "Brilliant," (on iTunes) showcases five show-stopping coloratura arias she recorded "just for fun" during this period.
Miss Schechtman's CDs of sacred music [such as "Lilies and Simple Gifts," and "Eye on the Sparrow" on this website], show a different side of her, both vocally and personally: lyric, still joyous, but with a complete self-effacement before the texts of Scripture. (— CDBaby)
She is accompanied on Bösendorfer (chosen for its commanding bass notes and mellow upper register) by conductor, Saul Schechtman.
His compositions include orchestral works, instrumental music, and many art songs. Four of his sacred songs and his new arrangements of "Simple Gifts" and "His Eye is on the Sparrow" are included in the CDs, Lilies and Simple Gifts and Eye on the Sparrow. He lives in New York.
"A stroke of luck: Julia Schechtman. Great expressivity, vocal presence in all registers, and the ability to change completely from role to role… Her trustworthy musicianship, her masterly execution directed towards lyrical beauty of sound, evoked bravos and ovations." — Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung
"Remarkable how Julia Schechtman masters the [nuances] with surety of intonation as well as vocal loveliness." — Ruhr-Nachrichten
"…sparkled with a glorious voice that even in the top notes radiated clarity and sureness." — Westfälische Rundschau