Julia Sporsén was born in Gothenburg, Sweden. The child of two professional opera singers she began her voice and piano studies at a young age. After reading drama at Gothenburg University, she studied three years at the Operastudio67 in Stockholm and later at the Royal Academy of Music in London.
In 2009 Julia made her debut at English National Opera singing Jano (whilst covering the roles of Jenufa and Musetta La bohème). She then became a Harewood Artist with the company, where other roles have included Katya in Weinberg’s The Passenger, Livia in Glanert’s Caligula, Rosalinde Die Fledermaus, and the title role in Martinu’s Julietta. She has also created two roles in world premieres: Julia in Torsten Rasch’s The Duchess of Malfi and Antigone in Julian Anderson’s The Thebans.
The directors she has worked with there include David Pountney, Christopher Alden, Richard Jones and Pierre Audi. Other notable appearances include Tebaldo Don Carlos for Opera North in a production that has been recorded for Chandos Records, Micaëla Carmen, Gilda in Rigoletto and Nedda in Pagliacci for Opera Holland Park where she returns in 2017 for Katia Kabanova, and Donna Anna Don Giovanni and Regan in the world premiere of Promised End by Alexander Goehr for English Touring Opera. In 2012 she made her debut at the Royal Swedish Opera singing Micaëla in Carmen. In 2015 followed the debut in her home town as Kumudha in John Adams’ A Flowering Tree for Göteborg Opera, Violetta for Folkoperan in Stockholm and a series of concerts with the Göteborg Symfoniker. Her debut at GöteborgsOperan was as Kumudha in John Adams’ A Flowering Tree.