Congratulations to Lucy Crowe who is enjoying a wonderful season. She is at present enjoying huge success in the role of Iole in Handel’s Hercules at the Canadian Opera Company, Toronto under Harry Bicket, reprising a role with which she made her triumphant debut at the Lyric Opera, Chicago. The press have praised her as “angelic, sensual and heartbreaking, a woman who sings her first aria, Bright Liberty from under an Abu Ghraib hood, and whose sufferings animate the entire piece. Crowe’s soaring soprano held an entire house breathless time and again during the performance” (The Globe and Mail); and “Lucy Crowe’s stellar reputation had preceded her, but for once, all the raves seemed less than she deserved. This woman deserves to be at the very top of the pantheon of living operatic sopranos, as her performance as the captive Iole demonstrates” (Toronto Star).
Between performances in Toronto, Lucy hopped on a plane to New York where last week she made her US recital debut at Carnegie Hall in the Weill Recital Hall with pianist and best friend Anna Tilbrook. Once again she was showered with praise: “stunning” (New York Classical Review) and “luminous… A sense of majestic scale…came when she turned to the…British songs in the second half, including a lusciously peaceful version of Ralph Vaughan Williams’s ‘Silent Noon’ and a mournfully eloquent ‘Sleep,’ by Ivor Gurney… ‘She Moved Through the Fair,’ an Irish tune, was a cappella and astonishing.” (The New York Times).
Lucy is enjoying a fantastic 2013/14 season which kicked off with Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro) at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, followed by a return to the Deutsche Oper Berlin as Gilda (Rigoletto), a Messiah tour and recording for Virgin Classics with Haim, and then on to Rome for B Minor Mass concerts with Pappano. Still to look forward to are concerts of Bruckner Mass No.1 with the Bayerischer Rundfunk under Sir John Eliot Gardiner; a reprise of her fabulous Sophie in scenes from Der Rosenkavalier with the London Symphony Orchestra under Sir Mark Elder; Mahler’s Symphony No.8 with the Philharmonia and Esa-Pekka Salonen; a solo recital at the Wigmore Hall and two appearances at the 2014 BBC Proms! And then, if it were possible to top such a wonderful season there is the not insignificant event of a second baby for Lucy and her husband Joe.