Lucy Crowe has a big success at Glyndebourne
Huge congratulations to Lucy Crowe, who, on Sunday evening, made her role debut as the Vixen in Janacek’s The Cunning Little Vixen at Glyndebourne Festival Opera, the opening night of this year’s Festival.
Just six months on from the birth of her baby daughter, Elsie, Lucy has pulled out all the stops and her flame-haired Vixen has been received to high critical acclaim – her “sexual blossoming with coy charm, lissom physicality and radiant vocalism” (Financial Times), “Crowe’s glowingly sung Vixen….quite literally a life force” (The Telegraph), “her light and easy soprano floats through Janacek’s sometimes treacherous lines” (Evening Standard). Brava!
Last month, Lucy sang her first Gilda at Covent Garden in their revival of Rigoletto conducted by Sir John Eliot Gardiner, (also starring Christine Rice as Maddalena, and Matthew Rose as Sparafucile), a role she repeats next season for the Deutsche Oper Berlin. An amazing achievement, stepping in at short notice for three performances, Lucy rose to the challenge and “her bright, bell-like soprano sounds closer, perhaps, to the old Austro-German school of Gildas – say Hilde Gueden, Erika Köth or Lucia Popp… Her timbre has more warmth and, after the birth of her baby late last year, it seems fuller and more penetrating” (Opera Magazine, June 2012).
It really is full steam ahead for Lucy Crowe, who makes her Metropolitan Opera debut later this year as Servilia in La Clemenza di Tito. 2012 also holds for her a return to the Salzburg Festival with Sir John Eliot Gardiner and the Monteverdis; a European tour of Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis also with Gardiner and the Monteverdis; a Beethoven 9 tour of Australia with the Australian Chamber Orchestra; and a European tour with Andris Nelsons and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. She will also squeeze in an appearance at Zankel Hall, New York with Harry Bicket and Ensemble ACJW during her sojourn at the Metropolitan Opera.
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