Praised in Opera Magazine for her “exquisite singing and acting”, British soprano Lucy Knight is a Britten-Pears Young Artist, winner of the Making Music Award for Young Concert Artists and the International Opera Awards Foundation.
Born in London, Lucy studied Music at Cambridge University and began her career as an Apprentice of the Monteverdi Choir, before training at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and English National Opera. With a “bell-like voice”, well-suited to Baroque and contemporary music, her roles have included Ninfa L’Orfeo (Bayerisches Staatsoper/Ivor Bolton), Bridesmaid Freischütz (Opéra Comique; BBC Proms/John Eliot Gardiner), Tytania A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Aldeburgh), Drusilla L’incoronazione di Poppea and Barbarina Le Nozze di Figaro (Longborough Festival Opera), Theodora Theodora (Britten Pears/Christian Curnyn), Sophie Werther and Yniold Pelléas (Arcola Theatre), Ensemble Gluck Orphée (Royal Opera House) and Cover Meketaten Glass Akhnaten and Fifteen Year Old Girl in Lulu (English National Opera). In the 2019 – 20 season she will sing the role of Fairy Fairy Queen for Waterperry Opera, and create the title role of The Child in the world première of Have/Kodjabashia: Song Of The Child for Operaen i Midten Denmark.
Lucy frequently appears as a concert soloist with many of UK’s major orchestras. Recent highlights include her début with the Philharmonia Orchestra in Nielsen’s Third Symphony (Royal Festival Hall/Paavo Järvi); Bach’s Christmas Oratorio with the Australian Chamber Orchestra (Sydney Opera House/Togentti); 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 and Song in the City. 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 solo début with the work. She featured as the soloist in the tour of The Healer at the Royal Festival Hall, Manchester Bridgewater Hall and Birmingham Symphony Hall (Raymond Gubbay).