B i o g r a p h y
Scottish soprano Lucy Anderson was the Robertson Trust Emerging Artist with Scottish Opera for the 2018/19 season. Lucy is a graduate of the Opera Course at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and competed her undergraduate studies at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. She is a Britten-Pears Young Artist and has received critical praise for the “lovely Straussian gleam” and “heartfelt conviction” of her singing. Competition successes include first prize in the Bampton Classical Opera Young Singers' Competition, finalist in the Wagner Society Competition at Wigmore Hall, finalist in the Bruce Millar Gulliver Prize and semi-finalist in the Hurn Court Opera and National Mozart Competitions. Lucy has received the Frances Collins Award, a Sir James Caird Travelling Scholarship, a Mary Gillespie Award, the Mary D Adams Scholarship and the Norma Greig French Song Prize. Lucy has been generously supported by the Hope Scott Trust, the Robertson Trust, the Kathleen Trust, the Seary Trust and the Worshipful Company of Barbers.
Work in opera includes First Lady The Magic Flute, the Opera Highlights Spring Tour, Countess Ceprano Rigoletto (Scottish Opera); Blanche Dialogues des Carmélites, Magda The Consul, Lucia 1 & 2 The Long Christmas Dinner, Lady Dunmow A Dinner Engagement, title-role (cover) Iolanta, Proserpina (cover) The Tale of Januarie, Tigrane (cover) Radamisto (Guildhall School); Nella Gianni Schicchi (LSSO); Mrs Nolan The Medium (Grimeborn Festival) and Countess Almaviva The Marriage of Figaro (Edinburgh Festival Fringe). Roles in opera scenes include: Tatyana Eugene Onegin (BBCSO) Vitellia La clemenza di Tito (Scuola di belcanto, Urbania), Maria Maria Stuarda, Clorinda La Cenerentola, Natasha War and Peace, Virtù Lincoranazione di Poppea, Mrs Julian Owen Wingrave, Blue Fairy The Adventures of Pinocchio, Micaëla Carmen, title-role Armide and Fiordiligi Così fan tutte (Guildhall School). Lucy works regularly with Opera Holland Park, having appeared in the chorus of several productions and working as part of the company's OHP Inspire outreach programme.
Blanche, Dialogues des Carmélites © Clive Barda/Guildhall School
Solo concert engagements include the première performance of Samuel Bordoli’s Le Trésor des Humbles with the Orchestra of Scottish Opera at Aberdeen Music Hall, Strauss Four Last Songs, Mahler Symphony No. 4 (Northumberland Orchestra), Mozart Requiem (Erskine Stewart's Melville Schools, Usher Hall), Schumann Scenes from Goethe's Faust (LSO), Beloved Friend: Tchaikovsky Project (BBCSO), Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle (Bournemouth Symphony Chorus), Verdi Requiem (LSO Singing Day), Handel Messiah, Bach Mass in B Minor, Poulenc Gloria, Duruflé Requiem, Orff Carmina Burana, Schubert Mass in C, Beethoven Mass in C and Fauré Requiem. Recital highlights include a performance of Strauss songs at Barbican Hall for the LSO Platforms series and the Sir James Caird Centenary Concert at the Caird Hall, Dundee.
In 2017 Lucy took part in the first Scuola di belcanto, Urbania, supported by the Labyrinth Trust and the Nicholas Boas Trust. Lucy has participated in masterclasses with Karen Cargill, Angelika Kirchschlager, Dame Felicity Palmer, Graham Johnson, Edith Wiens, Malcolm Martineau, Amanda Roocroft, Julius Drake, David Syrus, Eric Melear, Louisa Muller and David Gowland.
Prior to the pandemic, Lucy was due to join Opera Holland Park as a 2020 Young Artist, performing the role of Tatyana in Eugene Onegin. In these altered times for the arts, she has enjoyed leading workshops for OHP Inspire, working closely with children and people with dementia and their carers. Future engagements include Helen Helen and Paris and Asteria La Corona (both Gluck) with Bampton Classical Opera.