"A rising star at Opera Australia, her bright, crystalline soprano is as effervescent as the music, and her acting is equally impressive." LIMELIGHT
Julie Lea Goodwin is a leading Australian soprano with extensive experience across commercial theatre, opera, classical concerts and corporate engagements.
She has appeared as Musetta in Puccini’s La Boheme across six opera seasons including the grand Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour, which was screened in cinemas globally and released onto DVD by ABC Classics.
Julie Lea reopened opera at the Sydney Opera House post covid lockdowns starring as the title role (Hannah Glavari) in Opera Australia’s The Merry Widow. She received rave reviews for her portrayal and was featured on the front page of the March 2021 issue of British magazine “Opera".
In 2019, she featured as Maria in the spectacular outdoor production of West Side Story on Sydney Harbour. This same year she also played Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, Madama Cortese in Il viaggio a Reims (both Sydney and Melbourne), Musetta in La Boheme and Wendy Whiteley in a new production “Whiteley” by Elena Kats-Chernin about famous Australian painter Brett Whiteley. Julie met with Wendy Whiteley to help prepare the role and says that “it is perhaps a once in a life time experience to portray a living person in an opera on stage”.
Other roles for the national company have included 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, Michaela in Carmen and Greta in Metamorphosis.
Aged only 19, Julie Lea was invited to sing the leading role of Christine Daae in the national tour of The Phantom of the Opera – starring Anthony Warlow. The following year, she played Maria in West Side Story across Australia. The Australian called hers "the standout performance with her mixture of innocence and burgeoning sexuality.
Other highlights have included the title role in The Cunning Little Vixen for Sydney Chamber Opera and her Green Room Award-nominated performance as Grace in ANNIE (opposite Anthony Warlow, Todd McKenney and Nancy Hayes) of which The Courier Mail said: "secretary Grace is a truly wonderful example of a gifted actress with an exceptional voice working magic".
Julie lea has starred in concert along side incredible Australian and international talents. Highlights include performing with Nick Cave and Warren Ellis with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, The Music of AR Rahmen with Melbourne Symphony in the Melbourne Myer Music Bowl, Gershwin’s American Songbook with Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and A Cole Porter Celebration with Sydney Philharmonia.
She has lead the national anthem for many major sporting events including the Magic Millions and the McGrath Foundation Pink Test at the SCG.
A regular star performer at corporate events, 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.
In 2021 Julie Lea started 'Ceremony Singers’ a small business focused on providing beautiful voices for wedding and funeral celebrations. She is passionate about everyone experiencing the unique gift of song.
Away from performing, Julie Lea loves walking in the great outdoors, has a beautiful Hungarian Vizsla named Sasha and is a qualified Pilates instructor!