Julie Lea's warmth and exceptional vocal talents have fast made her a new leading lady of the Australian stage. As a concert artist and theatrical performer, Julie Lea sings music across a number of genres including musical theatre, opera, operetta and classical cross-over.
Julie Lea’s professional career started at nineteen years of age when she was plucked from obscurity to perform the role of Christine Daae (alternate) in The Phantom of the Opera starring Anthony Warlow. During 2007-2009 this production won critical acclaim throughout Australasia.
The following year Julie Lea began production on Leonard Bernsteinʼs West Side Story, playing the role of Maria in the 2010 Australian national tour. Press reviews were more than favourable for her portrayal with The Australian calling Julie Leaʼs ʻMariaʼ “the standout performance with her mixture of innocence and burgeoning sexuality.”
In 2010 Sydney Chamber Opera offered Julie Lea the opportunity to perform in her first opera production, The Cunning Little Vixen. Janáček's challenging score was a welcome test and Julie Lea performed the title role with “bright clarity” and “deceptive ease” (Sydney Morning Herald). In the same year, Julie Lea released her debut classical album Love Went A-Riding for Skylark Classics, featuring English Art Songs with Sharolyn Kimmorley on piano.
In 2011 Julie Lea was thrilled to be cast as Grace in the national tour of Annie, where she shared the stage with theatrical greats Nancy Hayes, Anthony Warlow and Todd Mckenney. Again Julie Lea’s performance was well received by critics and public alike with the Courier Mail commenting that her “secretary Grace was a truly wonderful example of a gifted actress with an exceptional voice working magic”. She was nominated for a Green Room Award for her role in this production.
Julie Lea’s concert and event highlights include leading the National Anthem for the opening ceremony of the Australian Youth Olympics Festival and the Australia Day Spectacular, Darling Harbour, Opera in the Market with trumpet extraordinaire James Morrison, Carols by Candlelight at the Melbourne Myer Music Bowl (with Channel Nine Broadcast) and A Cole Porter Celebration Concert with Sydney Philharmonia Choirs at the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall.
In 2014, Julie Lea appeared in concert with Anthony Warlow at Opera in the Alps; was a Principal Guest Artist in Pleasure Opera at Adelaide's Fringe Festival and debuted with Harbour City Opera appearing as Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi and as Lucy in Menotti's The Telephone.