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Mezzo-soprano Luretta Bybee has proven to be an artist of remarkable range and versatility in her performances throughout the world and is in demand as a dynamic and comedic singing actress. Continuing her forays into the realm of musical theater, Ms. Bybee has portrayed roles such as Madame Armfeldt in A Little Night Music with the Pine Mountain Music Festival, Little Buttercup in H.M.S. Pinafore and her role début as Golde in Fiddler on the Roof at Shreveport Opera, Ruth in Pirates of Penzance with San Diego Opera, and Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd at Vancouver Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, New Orleans Opera, and Opera Tampa.


Recent engagements include performing as Mary in Der fliegende Holländer with Dallas Opera, Opera Carolina, and Seattle Opera, On Broadway with the Springfield Symphony, Marcellina in Le nozze di Figaro for New Orleans Opera, Madame de la Haltière in Cendrillon with New Orleans Opera, and Dame Marthe in Faust with Arizona Opera. She also sang as a soloist in the New York Festival of Song Sondheim Concert at Carnegie Hall and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with Seattle Symphony and San Antonio Symphony. 2020 engagements were to include a return to Carnegie Hall for The Music of Carly Simon and Marcellina in Le nozze di Figaro with Maryland Lyric Opera. This season, she joins Fort Worth Symphony to sing Mary in Der fliegende Holländer.

She first made her Seattle Opera début as Princess Maria in Francesca Zambello’s production of War and Peace, which was released on video. She returned as a house favorite as Paula in Florencia en el Amazonas, Amanda in the world premiere of Daron Hagen and Gardner McFall’s Amelia, Klytämnestra in Elektra, Mary in Der fliegende Holländer, Waltraute in Die Walküre, Second Norn and Waltraute in Götterdämmerung, and Fricka in both Das Rheingold and Die Walküre.  She has appeared in Seattle Opera’s Der Ring des Nibelungen in their cycles in 2005, 2009, and 2013. Other appearances have included Herodias in Salome at the Arizona Opera, Orlando Opera, and Cleveland Opera; Ulrica in Un ballo in maschera with Opera Memphis; the title role in The Rape of Lucretia for Opéra de Montréal; and Dalila in Samson et Dalila with Memphis Opera.



"...brightly ornamented vocals..." – New Orleans Advocate

Sweeney Todd – “As Mrs. Lovett, mezzo-soprano Luretta Bybee (Grimsley’s wife of 30 years) is the near-perfect accomplice to his villainy, grinding up the bodies of his victims and baking them into meat pies she cheerfully sells to adoring customers. Her brightly ornamented vocals are a reflection of that joy, as well as the joy she and Sweeney share in their “By the Sea” duet.”


"...presence commanded the stage...” – Nola Defender

Cendrillon – “His despotic wife Mme. De la Haltiere, was played with brilliant authority by mezzo Luretta Bybee, whose presence commanded the stage.”


"...acted to perfection..." – Green Valley News

Faust – “Marthe Schwerlein was sung by Luretta Bybee and acted to perfection as the seductive “older” widow bent on catching Mephistopheles as her second husband.”


"...finely tuned and versatile vocal instrument..." – The Tennessean

Aida – “Bybee manages to convey love and jealousy with complete believability through her finely tuned and versatile vocal instrument. One feels greatly for her character despite Amneris’ flaws.”


"...nice comic turn..." – Seattle Times

Falstaff – “Luretta Bybee had a nice comic turn as the indispensable Dame – Quickly.”


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