Yulia Gertseva graduated from the St Petersburg Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatoire. When still a student, she was invited to be a soloist of the St Petersburg Mussorgsky Opera and Ballet Theatre (Mikhailovsky Theatre). At the Theatre, she performed Marina, Kseniya’s nurse, and Fyodor (Boris Godunov by Modest Mussorgsky), Marfa (Khovanshchina by Modest Mussorgsky), Konchakovna and Yaroslavna’s nurse (Prince Igor by Alexander Borodin), Countess, Governess, Polina, Milovzor (The Queen of Spades by Pyotr Tchaikovsky), Olga (Eugene Onegin by Pyotr Tchaikovsky), Marta and Laura (Iolanta by Pyotr Tchaikovsky), Lyubasha and Dunyasha (The Tsar’s Bride by Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov), Berta (Il barbiere di Siviglia by Gioachino Rossini), Flora Bervoix (La traviata by Giuseppe Verdi), Emilia (Othello by Giuseppe Verdi), Maddalena (Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi), Carmen (Carmen by Georges Bizet), Elmira (Tartuffe by Kirke Mechem), Siébel (Faust by Charles Gounod), Prinz Orlofsky (Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss II), Anna (Cinderella by Boris Asafiev), Mary Seton (Mary Stuart by Sergey Slonimsky), Marta (Peter the Great by Andrey Petrov), and the Woman (The Brothers Karamazov by Alexander Kholminov).
The singer’s répertoire also includes Dalila in Samson et Dalila by Camille Saint-Saëns, Eboli in Don Carlos, Amneris in Aida, Preziosilla in La forza del destino, and Ulrica in Un ballo in maschera by Giuseppe Verdi, Tigrana in Edgar by Giacomo Puccini, Charlotte in Werther and the title role in Hérodiade by Jules Massenet, Santuzza in Cavalleria rusticana by Pietro Mascagni, Laura in La Gioconda by Amilcare Ponchielli, Venera in Tannhäuser and Fricka in Die Walküre by Richard Wagner, Herodias in Salome by Richard Strauss, Varvara in Káťa Kabanová by Leoš Janáček, Ioanna in The Maid of Orleans by Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Jocasta in Oedipus rex by Igor Stravinsky, Sonetka in Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk by Dmitry Shostakovich, and many others. Gertseva’s concert répertoire includes Songs and Dances of Death by Modest Mussorgsky, Requiem by Giuseppe Verdi, Roméo et Juliette and Les nuits d’été by Hector Berlioz, Alexander Nevsky by Sergey Prokofiev, as well as romances by Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Sergei Rachmaninoff, and Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov.
The singer has performed at La Scala, La Fenice, at the Mariinsky Theatre, Madrid Royal Opera, Reina Sofía Palace of the Arts in Valencia, German Opera in Berlin, as well as at the opera venues of Vienna, Hamburg, Munich, Dresden, Florence, Bologna, Modena, Piacenza, Catania, Liege, Antwerp, Turin, and Tokyo. She has cooperated with Zubin Mehta, Georges Prêtre, Lorin Maazel, Mstislav Rostropovich, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Semyon Bychkov, Yuri Temirkanov, Valery Gergiev, Colin Davis, Gianandrea Noseda, Eugene Kohn, Pierre Fournier, Teodor Currentzis, Dmitri Jurowski, Vincenzo Scalera, Andrea Bocelli, Elena Obraztsova, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Violeta Urmana, Liliana Cavani, Marcelo Álvarez, Marco Berti, Marcello Giordani, José Cura, Ildar Abdrazakov, Ildebrando D’Arcangelo, Inva Mula, Carmela Remigio, and other renowned conductors, directors, and singers.
In 2016, she founded the International Pedagogical Project La Musica di Julia Gertseva in Lugano (Switzerland).
- Gianni Poggi International Opera Award (for the role of Carmen)