Lucy Crowe

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Lucy Crowe
EducationRoyal Academy of Music
OccupationOperatic soprano

Lucy Crowe is a British soprano in opera and concert. She has performed at international opera houses and music festivals such as the Glyndebourne Festival and Rheingau Musik Festival.


Born in Staffordshire, England, Crowe studied voice at the Royal Academy of Music. Crowe received the Royal Overseas Gold Medal in 2002, and won second prize in the Kathleen Ferrier Award in 2005.[1]

In the field of historically informed performance she has collaborated with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, The Sixteen, The King's Consort and Les Musiciens du Louvre, among others.[1] She has sung in Mozart's Requiem, with Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducting the Philadelphia Orchestra, Haydn's oratorios The Creation and The Seasons with John Eliot Gardiner.[2] In 2010 she performed at Wigmore Hall with Rolando Villazon and the Gabrieli Consort conducted by Paul McCreesh: "Lucy Crowe handled a couple of Cleopatra's arias from Giulio Cesare with all the bright radiant tone and effortless facility they deserve."[3] In 2012 she was reported as saying that she was mainly seen as a baroque singer, although she was developing other repertoire.[4]

In 2012 she sang the soprano part in Mahler's Resurrection Symphony on a festival tour with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Andris Nelsons.[5]


Crowe made her debut with the Scottish Opera, appearing as Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier by Richard Strauss. In April 2007 her Drusilla, in The Coronation of Poppea with English National Opera was described as "feisty".[6] Also in 2007 she joined ENO in David McVicar's staging of Handel's Agrippina[1] where her "beguiling" Poppea was described as "the most exciting discovery ... rendered the more so by her frequent stripteases."[7] In April 2012 she performed for the first time the part of Gilda in Verdi's Rigoletto at the Royal Opera, stepping in at short notice on a recommendation by conductor John Eliot Gardiner.[4] In May and June 2013 she performed the title role of Leoš Janáček's The Cunning Little Vixen at the Glyndebourne Festival. A review noted:

The action is dominated by Lucy Crowe's Vixen, a powerhouse of foxy ingenuity, her tail switching saucily while her light and easy soprano floats through Janáček's sometimes treacherous lines.[8]

In 2013 she sang Gilda again at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, conducted by Roberto Rizzi Brignoli.[9] In 2014 she sang Adina in Donizetti's L'Elisir d'Amore at the Royal Opera. In 2015 Crowe performed in Couperin's Leçons des ténèbres at the Spitalfields Festival. Writing in The Daily Telegraph, Jonathan McAloon said:

Singing the first of the three Leçons, Crowe’s acclaim as an international opera star was evident in her command of dynamics and characterisation; the purity of her higher register was offset by the tormented, near faltering effect she produced in the lower passages.[10]

She is a Trustee of the Royal Academy of Music.[11]


  1. ^ a b c "Lucy Crowe (Soprano)". 2008. Retrieved 3 September 2012.
  2. ^ "Lucy Crowe". Lucerne Festival. 2012. Retrieved 3 September 2012.
  3. ^ "Rolando Villazon fails to handle his Handel". Intermezzo. 5 May 2010. Retrieved 12 April 2014.
  4. ^ a b Christiansen, Rupert (10 May 2012). "Glyndebourne: interview with soprano Lucy Crowe ahead of Little Vixen". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 8 April 2014.
  5. ^ "Dirigent Andris Nelsons mit Schwächeanfall im Krankenhaus" (in German). Klassik.Com. 31 August 2012. Retrieved 3 September 2012.
  6. ^ Clements, Andrew (20 October 2007). "The Coronation of Poppea, Coliseum, London". The Guardian. Retrieved 21 May 2014.
  7. ^ Holden, Anthony (11 February 2007). "If you want scandal, call for Handel | The Observer". The Guardian. Retrieved 21 May 2014.
  8. ^ Kimberley, Nick (21 May 2012). "Cunning Little Vixen, Glyndebourne – review". London Evening Standard. Retrieved 12 April 2014.
  9. ^ "Lucy Crowe". Deutsche Oper Berlin. 2008. Retrieved 8 April 2014.
  10. ^ McAloon, Jonathan (9 June 2015). "Couperin's Leçons des ténèbres, Spitalfields Festival, review: 'ambitious'". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 24 December 2015.
  11. ^ "Governing Body". Royal Academy of Music.

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