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Noted for her “dazzling, virtuoso singing” (Boston Globe), and “musically stunning and dramatically chilling” performances (Twin Cities Daily Planet), Lucy Fitz Gibbon is a dynamic musician whose repertoire spans the Renaissance to the present. After a performance of Fred Lerdahl’s Wake at the Tanglewood Festival of Contemporary Music, the Berkshire Review for the Arts praised Lucy’s “agile and beautifully focused soprano of exceedingly wide range, uniform timbre, and great flexibility… a remarkable performer who stood out among many other remarkable musicians.”
Lucy believes that creating new works and recreating those lost in centuries past is integral to classical music’s future. As such, Lucy has performed the U.S. premieres of works by Francesco Sacrati (La Finta Pazza, Deidamia), Barbara Strozzi (Presso un ruscello algente), and Agostino Agazzari (Eumelio). She has also worked closely with numerous other composers, including John Harbison, Kate Soper, Sheila Silver, David Hertzberg, Reena Esmail, Anna Lindemann, and Pauline Oliveros, on projects ranging from song to opera and beyond. In helping to realize the complexities of music beyond written notes, the experience of working with these composers translates to all music: the commitment to faithfully communicate not only the score, but also the underlying intentions of its creator.
In addition to her forays into early and new music, Lucy has appeared with her collaborative partner, pianist Ryan McCullough, in such venues as London’s Wigmore Hall; New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, Park Avenue Armory, and Merkin Hall; and Toronto’s Koerner Hall. Their 2018-19 season includes recitals from coast to coast (Trinidad, CA; Trumansburg, NY; Colgate College; Cornell University; and more) and the release of a CD featuring works by James Primosch and John Harbison. In 2019, they will record a CD of works by 20th century Polish composers including Tadeusz Kassern and Roman Palester. In 2018, Lucy will appear for the third consecutive season with the Brooklyn Art Song Society, as well as premiere John Harbison’s IF, a monodrama for soprano and ensemble, commissioned by Boston Musica Viva for their 50th Anniversary season and in honor of Harbison's 80th birthday.
Operatic appearances include Britten’s The Turn of the Screw (Miles) with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and the workshop premieres of Sheila Silver’s A Thousand Splendid Suns (Laila), Pauline Oliveros’ The Nubian Word for Flowers (Hermione), and Kate Soper’s Romance of the Rose (Lady Reason). Other recent performances include Maria Schneider’s Carlos Drummond de Andrade Stories at the Lucerne Festival, multiple appearances with the Albany Symphony Orchestra, including the premiere of Reena Esmail’s Meri Sakhi ki Avaaz with Hindustani vocalist Saili Oak, and Max von Schillings’ opera Mona Lisa (Dianora) with the American Symphony Orchestra in her Carnegie Hall debut. Lucy has spent summers at the Tanglewood Music Center (2014-2015) and Marlboro Music Festival (2016-2018).
A graduate of Yale University, Lucy is the recipient of numerous awards for her musical and academic achievements. Lucy also holds an artist diploma from The Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory and a master’s degree from Bard College Conservatory’s Vocal Arts Program. She is currently a Visiting Lecturer at Cornell University. For more information, see www.lucyfitzgibbon.com.
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