Julia Migenes was born on the Lower East Side of New York into a family made up of a passionate mixture of Greek and Irish-Puerto-Rican descent. Despite a difficult and violent childhood, she discovered her calling upon engagement of the child role in Madame Butterfly where she first experienced the power and the emotion of music linked to a stage setting.
A few years later, while studying at the New York School for Performing Arts, she was chosen by Leonard Bernstein to be a soloist in his "Young People's Concerts". Julia then began her Broadway career: she was part of the original casting of "Fiddler on the Roof" with Zero Mostel and she interpreted Maria in West Side Story.
However, she understood that her real calling was to sing, leading her to a cover contract at the New York Metropolitan Opera. While substitutin...