Noted for her “dazzling, virtuoso singing” (Boston Globe), Lucy Fitz Gibbon is a dynamic musician whose repertoire spans the Renaissance to the present. She believes that creating new works and recreating those lost in centuries past makes room for the multiplicity and diversity of voices integral to classical music’s future. As such, Ms. Fitz Gibbon has given U.S. premieres of rediscovered works by Baroque composers Francesco Sacrati, Barbara Strozzi, and Agostino Agazzari, as well by 20th century composers including Tadeusz Kassern, Roman Palester, and Jean Barraqué. She has also worked closely with numerous others, premiering works by John Harbison, Kate Soper, Sheila Silver, David Hertzberg, Reena Esmail, Roberto Sierra, Anna Lindemann, and Pauline Oliveros. 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 recital and concert, Ms. Fitz Gibbon has appeared in such venues as London’s Wigmore Hall; New York’s Carnegie Hall, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Park Avenue Armory, and Merkin Hall; and Toronto’s Koerner Hall. She has also appeared as a soloist with such ensembles as the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, American Symphony Orchestra, American Classical Orchestra, and Albany, Kalamazoo, Lucerne Festival, and Richmond Symphonies, in repertoire ranging from Bach to world premieres. She has three forthcoming CDs, recorded with her husband and collaborative partner Ryan McCullough: one of works by James Primosch and John Harbison on Albany Records (Descent/Return, 2020); one alongside Dawn Upshaw and Stephanie Blythe of Sheila Silver’s Beauty Intolerable; and one featuring mid-20th century Polish works on Acte Préalable.
2019-2020 season highlights include performances with the Aizuri and Doric Quartets; the premiere of Anna Lindemann’s multi-media theater work The Colony; the premiere of Shirish Korde’s The Conference of the Birds with Boston Musica Viva; the premiere of Barbara Kolb’s orchestration of Lukas Foss’ Time Cycle; two tours with the Musicians From Marlboro, performing works by Brett Dean, Kate Soper, and Handel in such venues as Carnegie Hall and the Kimmel Center; Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with the Kalamazoo Symphony; and Canteloube’s Chants d’Auvergne with the Eureka Symphony. She also joins the Brooklyn Art Song Society for a fourth consecutive season, performs works by Webern with clarinetists Charles Neidich and Ayako Oshima, and celebrates the centenary of Earl Kim with Boston’s Callithumpian Consort, among numerous other performances throughout North America and Europe.
A graduate of Yale University, Ms. Fitz Gibbon is the recipient of numerous awards for her musical and academic achievements. She holds an artist diploma from The Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory and a master’s degree from Bard College Conservatory’s Graduate Vocal Arts Program; her principal teachers include Monica Whicher, Edith Bers, and Dawn Upshaw. She has spent summers at the Tanglewood Music Center (2014-2015) and Marlboro Music Festival (2016-2019). She is currently Interim Director of the Vocal Program at Cornell University and on the faculty of Bard College Conservatory’s Graduate Vocal Arts Program. For more information, see www.lucyfitzgibbon.com.
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