Born in Staffordshire, Lucy Crowe studied at the Royal Academy of Music, where she is a Fellow. She was made an officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2023 King’s Birthday Honors.
With repertoire ranging from Purcell, Handel, and Mozart to Donizetti’s Adina, Verdi’s Gilda, and Janáček’s Vixen, she has sung with opera companies throughout the world, including the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, the Glyndebourne Festival, English National Opera, Teatro Real Madrid, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich, and the Metropolitan Opera, New York. Recent opera highlights include her debut at Dutch National Opera in the title role Rodelinda, Musetta La bohème, and Poppea Agrippina at the Royal Opera House, Susanna Le nozze di Figaro at the Metropolitan Opera, and Pamina Die Zauberflöte at the Liceu Barcelona.
In concert, she has performed with many of the world’s finest conductors and orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic/Harding, Haïm, and Nelsons; Vienna Philharmonic/Nelsons; City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/Haïm, Oramo, and Nelsons; Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment/Egarr; Scottish Chamber Orchestra/Nézet-Séguin; the London Symphony Orchestra/Rattle; the Monteverdi Orchestra/Gardiner; the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia/Pappano; and Los Angeles Philharmonic/Dudamel. Recent appearances include Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks (BRSO); Peri in Schumann’s Das Paradies und die Peri at the BBC Proms with the London Symphony Orchestra and Sir Simon Rattle; Haydn’s Die Schöpfung with the Rotterdams Philharmonisch Orkest and with the BRSO; and her debut with the Cleveland Orchestra for performances of select Mozart arias. This season, Crowe sings the title role Rodelinda with the English Concert and Harry Bicket on a tour to the US and Asia; selected Haydn and Weber arias with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and Maxim Emelyanychev; selected Mozart arias with the Tampere Philharmonic and Brahms’ Requiem with the Handel & Haydn Society, both with Bernard Labadie; Mendelssohn’s Lobgesang with the Orchestra of Age of Enlightenment and Andras Schiff; and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 and Mass in C minor and on tour with the Monteverdi Choir & Orchestra.
A committed recitalist she has appeared at Carnegie Hall, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, and the Aldeburgh, Edinburgh, Mostly Mozart, and Salzburg festivals, and as a regular guest at the BBC Proms and Wigmore Hall.
Her recordings include Mendelssohn’s Lobgesang with the LSO/Gardner; Handel’s Il Pastor Fido and Handel & Vivaldi with La Nuova Musica/David Bates for Harmonia Mundi; works by Lutosławski with the BBC Symphony Orchestra/Gardner, Handel’s Alceste with the Early Opera Company/Curnyn and Eccles’ The Judgement of Paris all for Chandos; Handel’s Rodelinda and La Resurrezione with the English Concert/ Bicket, and MacMillan’s Christmas Oratorio with the London Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Mark Elder. Her debut recital recording (Berg, Strauss, and Schoenberg songs), was released by Linn Records in August 2021. Crowe received a Grammy nomination in 2021 for Best Opera Recording for Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen with the London Symphony Orchestra/Sir Simon Rattle.