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Weihnachtsoratorium 1-3 – Johann Sebastian Bach

WHERE: Herford Minster
WHEN: December 04, 2022 at 6:oo p.m.

Soloists, children, and youth choir
Herford Minster Choir
Thuringian Symphony Orchestra Saalfeld-Rudolstadt
Conductor: Stefan Kagl

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Klangraum Laborchert

In my studio, I offer singing lessons and/or speech training for amateurs and professionals. My extensive experience as an opera singer at home and abroad, as well as my decades of teaching experience, enable me to teach you the how and the joy of it, from the first breathing exercises to the professional performance. Whether you are a mother or a grandmother who would like to treat yourself to soul wellness through singing, whether you are a singing student looking for further support or a pupil with singing difficulties, you are all very welcome here. There is of course the possibility of a free trial lesson. Just call and make an appointment and come to Holten Hus. Have the courage. I look forward to meeting you.


Born in Bad Pyrmont, soprano Julia Borchert studied at the Folkwang University in Essen and in Freiburg im Breisgau.

Since her brilliant role debut as Brünnhilde in Magdeburg, directed by Jakob Peters Messer, she has secured a permanent place in the ranks of dramatic sopranos, which she further consolidated with her engagement as Isolde at the Theater Hildesheim where she delighted audiences and critics alike.

Her beginnings took her to the Nationaltheater Mannheim and the Niedersächsische Staatsoper Hannover, from where she continued her career at important opera houses in Germany and abroad.

The switch to dramatic roles led her via Leipzig, Kassel, and Linz to the Bayreuther Festspiele. She made her debut as Voce dal cielo in „Don Carlo“ under Daniele Gatti at La Scala di Milano and in Tokyo. She sang Ortlinde at the „Teatro Massimo di Palermo“ under Piettari Inkinen and later at the „Palau de les Arts“ in Valencia under Zubin Mehta. Concert tours have taken her throughout Europe, Russia, and Australia.

Under the direction of Marek Janowski, she can be heard as Woglinde in a concert live recording with the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra. She works regularly with the WDR Cologne Symphony Orchestra: she sang Schubert’s Stabat Mater and Wagner’s Wesendoncklieder under the musical direction of Michael Sanderling.

Julia Borchert has worked with well-known conductors such as Heinz Holliger, Philippe Jordan, Adam Fischer, Pierre Boulez, Axel Kober, Christian Thielemann, Tomáš Netopil, and Daniel Harding as well as with directors such as Stefan Herheim, Christine Mielitz, Graham Vick, Dietrich Hilsdorf, Calixto Bieto, and Anthony Pilavachi and Peter Konwitschny.

In the recent past she has had successes with the Gurre-Lieder/Tove in Essen, recitals with works of Wagner, Mahler and Strauss as well as Rosalinde in J. Strauss II’s Die Fledermaus. Future engagements include Giuseppe Verdi’s Requiem and César Franck’s Rédemption.


Bühne Holten Hus (in preperation)

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Julia Borchert succeeded in singing a fantastic first Isolde. She was just as convincing with penetrating, dramatic passages as with phrases sung entirely in piano, right up to a very heartfelt love death. Julia Borchert sounded as youthful as the character is supposed to be and was also completely convincing as a performer.

- Online Merker vom 11/2019

First and foremost Julia Borchert, who makes her role debut and plays and sings an Isolde as one rarely experiences. This Isolde is not a heroine, but a highly human, young, passionate woman with all her contradictions, all her impatience, and all the turmoil that drives her. She plays this just as convincingly as she sings the part with unheard-of variety and high vocal culture: girlishly tender, bitchy, poisonous, gentle, flattering, reproachful, coarse, childishly silly giggling, furious, like a wild fury. "Grüß mir die Welt" sounds childishly defiant, "Tristan will ich erwarten" like a terrible threat, "Für böse Gifte Gegengift" mysterious. In "Herr Tristan trete nah" she becomes a vamp and "why I didn't hit you then?" sounds infinitely tender. A character study with a thousand facets up to the not theatrical but realistic desperate weeping at the end.

- Online Music Magazine - 11/2019

The greatest and, in the sense of Wagner's demands on his singers, most impressive performance of the evening is Julia Borchert's Brünnhilde, who arrives remarkably unerringly with almost only one giant leap from the lyrical to the heroic fach. A bright youthful dramatic soprano, she fascinatingly penetrates all the stages of her development from the exultant cries of "Hojotoho" to the awakening of Brünnhilde's compassion to her succumbing to the sleep imposed by Wotan.

- Concerti - 09/2018

The excellent soprano retained her lovely timbre, the voice grew voluminously and opened up completely new perspectives for a Brünnhilde. Admirable the clever division of the potential, the sensitive development of the colourful flowing soprano. In youthful, dramatic exuberance, Borchert demonstrated flexible, nuanced voice leading to marvellous piani and at the same time sonorous, jubilant treble attacks. Bravo - a Brünnhilde of a very special kind!

- Online Merker - 11/2018


Sound sample

Tristan & Isolde, Act 1 Julia Borchert - Live recording

Sound sample

Tristan & Isolde, Act 2 Julia Borchert - live recording