Yulia MacLean

Yulia MacLean


Yulia is a Russian born mezzo-soprano who has become one the highest selling female artists in New Zealand. The female solo vocalist and voice of rare beauty is now seeking a new record label and agents outside New Zealand.


Born in Volgograd, Russia Yulia immigrated to New Zealand with her mother in 2002. During 2003 Yulia attends Cashmere High School and completes education.

During 2003 Yulia is discovered on a regional television show in Christchurch. Show producers send a tape to Gray Bartlett. Gray Bartlett (who also discovered Hayley Westenra) immediately signs Yulia to a management deal. Yulia’s first live performances in 2004 both received standing ovations and occurred with Ivan Rebroff in Christchurch and then in Japan with Russell Watson and the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra.

2004 SONY MUSIC signs Yulia to a six album deal. The first album “Into the West” is released and achieves platinum status in the first week of sales, achieves an official four times platinum sales, 2 radio hits and four weeks at No.1 on the NZ album charts. The album is toured throughout New Zealand but is not exploited outside NZ (with the exception of a very limited promotion in Japan). Yulia performs with Michael Barrymore, Tim Beveridge and Shaun Dixon.
In 2005 Yulia wins two NZ Music Awards for “Best Female Solo Vocalist” and “Highest Selling Album of the Year” in the company of Finn Brothers and Brooke Fraser.

In 2006 SONY BMG releases Yulia’s second album “Montage” which achieves two times platinum sales and Yulia becomes the first female vocalist in NZ history to have two back to back number one hit albums. Montage also achieves 1 Radio Hit Single and becomes No.1 on the NZ album charts.

Also in 2006 SONY MUSIC merges with BMG to become SONY BMG. Michael Glading head of SONY of 25 years is made redundant which affected the direction of Yulia’s career. Yulia performs with Englebert Humperdinck & Dame Malvina Major.

Between 2006 and 2008 Yulia attends university to study linguistics. Yulia performs with Geoff Sewell, Amici Forever, TV and Radio.

In late 2007 Yulia contracts Oikos Music to redevelop her brand and her career. Oikos uses 2008 to further develop Yulia’s voice, live performance and settle on the brand / format of female solo vocal in the pop classical crossover genre.

January 2009 marketing begins to introduce Yulia to the music industry outside NZ with a view to securing interest from a new record label.

Yulia begins a total immersion opera training program in Russian and Italian methods of voice development.

In 2009 Yulia tours NZ and receives critical acclaim for her new voice of power in several front page reviews.



Written By: YULIA

It's in RUSSIAN, however YULIA won BEST FEMALE artist with this single in NZ so we know that 40+ and cafe audiences love this music despite being in a foreign language.


Written By: YULIA


Music and Lyrics by Yulia MacLean

There is no wheat taken away
From your fields,
There are striped-roads
On your land

The light brown heads
Of your sons
Don’t seem light brown,
But grey

Cloud… A tinted
Cloud of snow
Is on the ground,
On the roads

Let your clear-clear sky
Be everywhere I go

You’re my love – Russia
You’re my sorrow – Russia
You’re my fate – Russia
You’re my soul – Russia

Endless, endless forests
Are shivering.
Silence, silence
Is throughout
Your land
But I can hear the
Voices of your bottomless rivers
And a drunken drone, and
Your men’s delirium
Somewhere far…


There is no wheat taken away…
There are striped-roads…
The light brown heads…
Don’t seem light brown…


- Number One Hit Album in NZ in the first week of sales - maintained position for four weeks on charts.
- Platinum in the first week of sales
- 4 times platinum (still selling)

- Number 1 Hit Album in NZ in the first week of sales - maintained position for one week)
- 2 times platinum (still selling)

Combined official 6 times platinum sales in New Zealand with total sales estimated 7 times platinum (unofficial).


1 x NZ's Only Russian Diva!
2 x No1 Hit Albums NZ
3 x Top 40 Radio Hits
4 x Weeks at No.1 (Into the West)
5 x Years as a household name in NZ
6 x Platinum Sales NZ
8 x Languages in fluent song:
- Russian,
- English,
- French,
- Italian,
- Spanish,
- German,
- NZ Maori,
- Latin

Yulia's third album is currently at the pre production planning stage with www.oikos.co.nz

Yulia is unsigned and seeking a record label, territorial representation and promoters.

Set List

LIVE Set Lists and Show Formats are typically Female Solo Vocal / Adult Contemporary / Pop Classical Crossover.
Comparisons could be made to: Lara Fabian, Celine Dion, Katherine Jenkins, Hayley Westenra,
however as Yulia has a greater than 4 octave range the repertoire is generally wider.

Yulia have songs below apply the international tour 'INTO THE WEST'
which represents the best songs from Yulia's two number one hit albums.

There are also songs specifically developed for live shows and tours
for formats such as afternoon, evening, small concerts,
large concerts and themed shows etc.

2010 Touring Shows are:
- Yulia & Friends
- An Intimate Afternoon/Evening with Yulia


Into The West
Scarborough Fair
The Prayer
L’Hymne a L’Amour
Hoki Hoki Tonu Mai / E Pari Ra
Softly Whispering I Love You
I Go To Sleep