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Soprano Lucy Crowe, who was born in County Staffordshire, England, studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London. Two awards launched her career: in 2002 she won the Royal Overseas Gold Medal, and in 2005 she took second prize in the Kathleen Ferrier Award. Prominent engagements with opera houses as well as in the concert hall soon followed. Some recent examples include performances in Mozart’s Requiem with the Philadelphia Orchestra under Yannick Nézet-Séguin and Haydn’s oratorios The Creation and The Seasons with John Eliot Gardiner in Paris and New York. She has received invitations from Robert King to perform in Mendelssohn’s Elijah, from Trevor Pinnock for Handel’s Messiah, from Paul McCreesh for Acis and Galatea, and from Roger Norrington for Haydn’s Il ritorno di Tobia. Crowe has appeared at the Aldeburgh and Edinburgh Festivals and has performed at the Glyndebourne Festival in Purcell’s The Fairy Queen under William Christie; in 2010 she made her debut at the Salzburg Festival and, in 2011, at the Mostly Mozart Festival in New York. As an opera singer Crowe commands a repertoire that ranges from baroque music theater to 20th-century classics. She made her debut at the Royal Opera House in London as Belinda in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas and at Chicago Lyric Opera as Iole in Handel’s Hercules. One of her signature roles is Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier, which she has also performed at the Bavarian Staatsoper and at the Deutsche Oper in Berlin. During the current and upcoming seasons, Crowe will perform in Janácek’s The Cunning Little Vixen at the Glyndebourne Festival and as Susanna in Mozart’s Figaro at Covent Garden and will also make her debut at the Metropolitan Opera in New York.
One previous appearance at LUCERNE FESTIVAL: on 1 April 2007 in Mendelssohn’s Elijah, conducted by Robert King.