Praised in Opera Magazine for her “exquisite singing and acting”, young British soprano Lucy Knight is winner of the Making Music Award for Young Concert Artists and the International Opera Awards Foundation. With a “bell-like voice”, well suited to Baroque and contemporary music, this season saw Lucy sing Ninfa Monteverdi L’Orfeo (Bayerisches Staatsoper/Chris Moulds), Barbarina Le nozze di Figaro (Longborough Festival Opera), and cover Meketaten Philip Glass Akhnaten (English National Opera). She returned to English National Opera in the Autumn to cover Fifteen Year Old Girl in Berg Lulu.
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 Venus & Adonis; Tytania A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Aldeburgh/Christopher Stark), and her début for the Bayerisches Staatsoper in 2014 as Ninfa Monteverdi L’Orfeo under Ivor Bolton. 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).
On the concert platform, Lucy’s recently made her début with the Philharmonia Orchestra as the soprano soloist in Nielsen’s Third Symphony (Royal Festival Hall/Paavo Järvi). Concert highlights include Mendelssohn Ein Sommernachtstraum with the LSO (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.