Praised in Opera Magazine for her “exquisite singing and acting”, young British soprano Lucy Knight is a Britten-Pears Young Artist, and winner of the Making Music Award for Young Concert Artists and International Opera Awards Foundation. With a “bell-like voice”, well suited to Baroque and contemporary music, Lucy has recently sung the roles of Ninfa Monteverdi L’Orfeo (Bayerisches Staatsoper/Ivor Bolton), Barbarina Le nozze di Figaro and Zweiter Knabe Die Zauberflöte (Longborough Festival Opera), cover Meketaten Philip Glass Akhnaten and cover Fifteen Year Old Girl Berg Lulu (English National Opera). In 2018 she will sing the title role in Handel’s Theodora with Christian Curnyn and Sarah Connolly in Snape Maltings Concert Hall, and Drusilla in Monteverdi: L’incoronazione di Poppea for Longborough Festival Opera.
Lucy made her operatic début as Bridesmaid Weber Freischütz (Opéra Comique, Paris & BBC Proms/Sir John Eliot Gardiner). Other roles include Ensemble Gluck Orphée (Royal Opera House/Gardiner); Venus Blow Venus & Adonis; Tytania A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Aldeburgh/Christopher Stark), and her deébut at the Bayerisches Staatsoper in 2014 as Ninfa Monteverdi L’Orfeo. She received critical acclaim for her Yniold in Aylin Bozok’s production of Pelléas et Mélisande (Arcola Theatre), where other roles have included Sophie Werther (“Lucy Knight sang prettily as Sophie” – Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph, 2014).
Lucy frequently appears as a concert soloist with many of UK’s major orchestras. She recently made her début with the Philharmonia Orchestra as the soprano soloist in Nielsen’s Third Symphony (Royal Festival Hall/Paavo Järvi), and in Australia as a step-out soloist in Bach’s Christmas Oratorio in Sydney Opera House with the Australian Chamber Orchestra/Richard Tognetti. Concert highlights include Mendelssohn Ein Sommernachtstraum with the London Symphony Orchestra (Barbican/Gardiner); Karl Jenkins Stabat Mater with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (Royal Albert Hall/Jenkins); the UK première of Sibelius Kuolema with the English Chamber Orchestra (Kings Place); Wolf Italienisches Liederbuch (LSO St Luke’s/Graham Johnson); and Britten Les Illuminations (Covent Garden Chamber Orchestra/Graham Ross). A dedicated recitalist, Lucy has appeared in diverse programmes for The Oxford Lieder Festival with pianist Graham Johnson, Purcell Room, Wigmore Hall, St Martin-in-the-Fields, London Song Festival, Song in the City, and in music societies across the UK. Her Pepys and Purcell project, which celebrates the music of English composer Henry Purcell through the diaries of Samuel Pepys, has been premièred in London’s Café Royal.
Lucy was the soloist for the world première of Karl Jenkins’ The Healer (Grayshott Concerts) and on the CD released by Warner Classics, and in 2015 she made her Carnegie Hall/New York début with the work. She featured as the soprano soloist in the 2016 tour of The Healer at the Royal Festival Hall, Manchester Bridgewater Hall and Birmingham Symphony Hall (Raymond Gubbay).
Born in London, Lucy studied Music at Cambridge University and began her career as a member of the Monteverdi Choir, before training at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Franz-Schubert-Institute in Vienna, and English National Opera. She is grateful for the generous support she has received for her studies.