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Julia SteinbokSoprano Julia Steinbok’s versatility and unique musical presence have made her increasingly sought after on the concert, recital, and operatic stage, and her performances of Shostakovitch’s Seven Romances of Alexandr Blok were described as “absolutely stunning.” Her operatic roles have included Diane in Charpentier’s Actéon, Rowan in Britten’s Let’s Make an Opera, Virtù and Proserpina in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea and L’Orfeo, the title role in Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortilèges, both Dido and the Sorceress in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas with American Opera Theater, and the title role in excerpts from Steven Jobes’s new opera The Fairy Melusine. Ms. Steinbok has paid particular attention to women composers past and present and has given lecture-recitals for the Emily Dickinson International Society and concert programs of works by Barbara Strozzi, Francesca Caccini, and others. She has performed with the Folger Consort, Arcadia Players, Baltimore Concert Artists, and as part of the Boston Early Music Fringe and Society for Historically Informed Performance (SoHIP) series. Recent projects included performances with Blue Heron, Exsultemus and Newton Baroque, the International Rachmaninoff Russian Music Festival, La Donna Musicale, Cappella Clausura, Saltarello, and Stranieri Qui, as well as vocal recitals throughout New England. Born in Moscow, Ms. Steinbok pursued graduate studies at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore and now makes her home in Boston. She is the soprano soloist with the Second Church in Newton.