Born in Staffordshire, Lucy Crowe studied at the Royal Academy of Music. She has established herself as one of the leading lyric sopranos of her generation.
Her operatic roles include Servilia (La Clemenza di Tito) for the Metropolitan Opera, New York; Eurydice (Gluck’s Orphée et Eurydice), Adina (l’Elisir d’Amore), Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro), Gilda (Rigoletto) and Belinda (Dido and Aeneas) for the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Sophie (Der Rosenkavalier) for the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich and Covent Garden; Gilda for the Deutsche Oper Berlin; Rosina (The Barber of Seville), Dona Isabel (The Indian Queen), Poppea (Agrippina) and Drusilla (The Coronation of Poppea) for English National Opera; Merab (Saul), Micaëla (Carmen), The Fairy Queen and the title role in The Cunning Little Vixen for Glyndebourne Festival Opera; and Dorinda (Orlando) in Lille, Paris and for the Opera de Dijon. She made her US Opera debut as Iole in Handel’s Hercules for the Chicago Lyric Opera and has since sung the role for the Canadian Opera Company.
In concert she has performed with many of the world’s finest conductors and orchestras including the Accademia Santa Cecilia Orchestra under Pappano; the Orchestre National de France under Gatti; the Philharmonia under Esa-Pekka Salonen; Australian Chamber Orchestra under Tognetti; the Philadelphia Orchestra under Nezet-Seguin; the Boston Symphony Orchestra at the Tanglewood Festival under Denève; the London Symphony Orchestra under Elder; the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra under Andris Nelsons, Edward Gardner, Emanuelle Haim and Sakari Oramo; the Konzerthausorchester Berlin under Iván Fischer; the Zurich Chamber Orchestra under Sir Roger Norrington; the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment under Sir Charles Mackerras and Richard Egarr; the Scottish Chamber Orchestra under Mackerras and Nezet-Seguin; the English Concert under Trevor Pinnock, Andrew Manze and Laurence Cummings; the Sixteen under Harry Christophers; the Gabrieli Consort under Paul McCreesh; and the Monteverdi Orchestra under Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
Lucy has performed at the Aldeburgh Festival, the Edinburgh International Festival, the Mostly Mozart Festival in New York, and at the Salzburg Festival. She is a regular recitalist at London’s Wigmore Hall and made her US recital debut at Carnegie Hall in 2014.
Her recordings include Handel’s Il Pastor Fido and a Handel & Vivaldi disc with La Nuova Musica under David Bates for Harmonia Mundi; a Lutoslawski disc with the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Edward Gardner, Handel’s Alceste with Christian Curnyn and the Early Opera Company, and Eccles’ The Judgement of Paris all for Chandos; and a solo Handel disc – ll Caro Sassone – with Harry Bicket and the English Concert on Harmonia Mundi.
Operatic plans this season include Adele (Die Fledermaus) for the Metropolitan Opera and Pamina (Die Zauberflöte) for the English National Opera. Concerts plans include Mozart Requiems with the LA Philharmonic/Gustavo Dudamel and Boston Symphony Orchestra/Nelsons; Haydn’s Il ritorno di Tobia in Salzburg with Ivor Bolton; Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with the London Philharmonic/Elder; Schumann’s Faustszenen with the LSO/Harding; and the St John Passion with Pappano in Rome.
Lucy has recently been appointed a Fellow to the Royal Academy of Music.