Lucy Crowe Makes New York Recital Debut at Weill Recital Hall Tonight
Carnegie Hall presents lyric soprano Lucy Crowe in her New York recital debut on tonight, April 9 at 7:30 p.m. in Weill Recital Hall. Joined by pianist Anna Tilbrook, Ms. Crowe performs a wide variety of repertoire, with song cycles to include Alban Berg's Sieben frühe Lieder and William Walton's A Song for the Lord Mayor's Table-six pieces celebrating the sights and sounds of London. Additional program highlights include a performance of Sibelius's vocally demanding tone poem, Luonnotar, Op. 70, inspired by the Kalevala, a 19th-century Finnish epic poem, and well-known lieder by Schubert. The British-born singer will also perform traditional selections from Folk Songs from the British Isles, including "Sally Gardens," and "The Ash Grove," arranged by Benjamin Britten, as well as songs by English composers Michael Head, Ivor Gurney, Thomas Dunhill, and Frank Bridge.
Lucy Crowe has established herself as one of the leading lyric sopranos of her generation. Described as having a voice of bell-like clarity with an impeccable vocal technique and powerful stage presence, she has performed and recorded with many of the world's greatest conductors, including Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Emannuelle Haïm, Sir Antonio Pappano, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Sir Charles Mackerras, Sir Roger Norrington, Edward Gardner, Andris Nelsons, Trevor Pinnock, Mark Minkowski, and Harry Bicket. She has given recitals throughout the UK at venues such as London's Wigmore Hall. Her operatic roles include Servilia (La Clemenza di Tito) at the Metropolitan Opera; Belinda (Dido and Aeneas), and Gilda (Rigoletto) at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Sophie (Der Rosenkavalier) at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich, and Covent Garden; Poppea (Agrippina) and Drusilla (The Coronation of Poppea) for English National Opera; Dorinda (Orlando) in Lille, Paris, and for the Opera de Dijon; and The Fairy Queen and the title role in The Cunning Little Vixen for Glyndebourne Festival Opera. She made her US opera debut as Iole in Handel's Hercules at the Chicago Lyric Opera.
Future engagements include concerts with Iván Fischer in Berlin, a European tour with Emannuelle Haïm, a concert in Rome with Sir Antonio Pappano, and a performance in Munich with Sir John Eliot Gardiner, in addition to appearances with London Symphony Orchestra under Sir Mark Elder and the London Philharmonia Orchestra with Esa-Pekka Salonen. Future operatic engagements include the role of Iole (Hercules) in Toronto as well as Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro) and Adina (l'Elisir d'Amore) at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.
Anna Tilbrook is one of Britain's most exciting pianists, with a considerable reputation in song recitals and chamber music. She made her debut at London's Wigmore Hall in 1999, and has since become a regular performer at Europe's major concert halls and festivals. Ms. Tilbrook has collaborated with many leading singers and instrumentalists, including James Gilchrist, Lucy Crowe, Sarah Tynan, Emma Bell, Willard White, Mark Padmore, Stephan Loges, Chris Maltman, Ian Bostridge, Barbara Bonney, Victoria Simmonds, Christine Rice, Iestyn Davies, Natalie Clein, Nick Daniel, Adrian Brendel, and Jack Liebeck. She has accompanied Angela Gheorghiu, Jose Carreras, and Bryn Terfel in televised concerts for the Welsh National Opera.
With String Quartets such as the Fitzwilliam, Elias, and Sacconi, she has performed chamber music throughout the UK. Recent engagements include recitals in the Anima Mundi festival in Pisa, International Festival Wroclaw Cantans, Wigmore Hall, Oxford Lieder Festival, Three Choirs Festival, Two Moors International Festival, and others. She recently played a BBC Radio 3 lunchtime recital at the London Symphony Orchestra and has appeared in concert at the Perth Schubertiad, Wilton's Music Hall, and St. John's Smith Square. With soprano Lucy Crowe, Ms. Tilbrook has performed at Wigmore Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Lichfield Festival, Music at Oxford, and the Gower Festival. In June 2011, Ms. Tilbrook played in performances of Britten's The Rape of Lucretia at the Aldeburgh Festival conducted by Oliver Knussen. She has won major international accompaniment prizes including the Bluthner prize and the award for an outstanding woman musician from the Royal Over-Seas League.