Hailed as “one of the most powerful and beautiful baritone voices you could hear” (The Side Balcony), American baritone Lucia Lucas is making waves on the operatic mainstages. Lucas has resided in Germany for the past decade and has performed in cities all over the globe, including Dublin, London, Brussels, Berlin, Torino, Essen, Daegu, Korea, and the United States. Lucas made her Metropolitan Opera début as Angelotti in Tosca and has since returned as Gretch in their new production of Fedora. She returns to the Metropolitan Opera this season for their productions of Roméo et Juliette and La rondine. Other engagements this season include creating the role of Lili Elbe in the World Première of Tobias Picker’s eponymous opera, expressly composed for her, with Theater St. Gallen in addition to joining Hawaii Opera Theatre as Silvio in Pagliacci.
Last season, in addition to her responsibilities at the Met, she joined the English National Opera for Tosca in the role of Sacristan while covering Scarpia, Bard SummerScape as the Host in Vaughan Williams’ Sir John in Love. Additionally, she continued to tour with the Ragazze Quartet – both as the solo lead artist in the chamber opera The World's Wife and as soloist in Schubert's Winterreiseat Wonderfeel festival. She also débuted with the Lyric Opera of Chicago in Four Portraits, composed by Caroline Shaw with libretto by Caroline Shaw and Jocelyn Clark as part of the World Première of the trilogy Proximity, and assisted in the workshop of Paola Prestini’s new work Sensorium Ex. [read more...]
“... Lucas is in her element…” – Musical America
The World’s Wife – “Lucas is in her element, too. Green's revised vocal writing draws on both her dark, resonant lower range as well as her heroically hefted upper register. Whether whispering, belting out top notes, or floating up to a comfortable falsetto, she's entirely unfazed. She also displays a tangible understanding of the text and its myriad meanings. Take, for example, her warm portrayal of the widowed Anne Hathaway, imagining Shakespeare had "written her, the bed a page beneath his writer's hands." She's powerful as well as Mrs Beast, rattling through a catalogue of women dealt unplayable hands, from the Little Mermaid to Princess Diana."
"... Lucas’s tender voice…” – The New York Times
Proximity – “Shaw renders a car’s GPS as an electronically processed voice that veers from turn-left instructions to poetic flights, yielding to an introspective aria just right for Lucas’s tender voice.”
“...rarely has one experienced such a powerfully clear-singing, dramatically intense Wotan..." – Volksstimme
Die Walküre – “Rarely has one experienced such a powerfully clear-singing, dramatically intense Wotan. The act 2 Monologue stunned with excitement and power, but impressive the intimacy with which Lucia Lucas sang and played the relationship with Brünnhilde.”
"...combines an aggressive female physicality with the noble elegance of the deep male voice..." – Deutschlandfunk Kultur
Les contes d’Hoffmann – “She combines an aggressive female physicality with the noble elegance of the deep male voice. This makes for a fascinating contradiction.”
"...dark colored and threatening sounding depths..." – Online Musik Magazin
Goetterdaemrung – "Lucia Lucas convinces as a grim Hagen with dark colored and threatening sounding depths."