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Lucy Crowe

Thursday 11th November 2021, 7.30pm

St. Michael & All Angels, Pond Road, Blackheath SE3 9JL

Highly-acclaimed concert and opera soprano, Lucy Crowe, performs a varied programme.


Born in Staffordshire, Lucy Crowe studied at the Royal Academy of Music, where she is now a Fellow.

With repertoire ranging from Purcell, Handel and Mozart to Donizetti’s Adina, Verdi’s Gilda and Janacek’s Vixen, she has sung with opera companies throughout the world, including the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, the Glyndebourne Festival, English National Opera, the Teatro Real Madrid, the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Bavarian State Opera, Munich, and the Metropolitan Opera, New York.  

In concert, she has performed with many of the world’s finest conductors and orchestras including City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/Haïm, Oramo and Nelsons, the Berlin Philharmonic/Harding and Nelsons, Vienna Philharmonic/Nelsons, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment/Egarr, Scottish Chamber Orchestra/Nézet-Séguin, the Monteverdi Orchestra/Gardiner, the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia/Pappano and the London Symphony Orchestra/Rattle.

A committed recitalist she has appeared at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, New York’s Carnegie Hall, and the Aldeburgh, Edinburgh, Mostly Mozart and Salzburg Festivals, and is a regular guest at the BBC Proms and Wigmore Hall.

Her recordings include Mendelssohn’s Lobgesang with the LSO/Gardiner; Handel’s Il Pastor Fido and Handel & Vivaldi with La Nuova Musica/David Bates for Harmonia Mundi; Lutoslawski with the BBC Symphony Orchestra/Gardner, Handel’s Alceste with the Early Opera Company/Curnyn and Eccles’ The Judgement of Paris all for Chandos; a solo Handel disc – ll Caro Sassone – with the English Concert/Bicket for Harmonia Mundi, and Handel’s Queens with London Early Opera for Signum Records.

Programme - Thursday 11th November 2021, 7.30pm

Lucy Crowe, soprano

Elizabeth Kenny, theorbo & archlute

Laurence Cummings, harpsichord

Tonight’s programme draws beautifully on the key composers of the 17th century in England and France. In a programme highlighting the song and operatic writing of Purcell and Handel, Lucy Crowe takes us on a journey from the Chapel Royal to the opera house via Versailles for a spotlight on Jean-Philippe Rameau. Staying in the rich pastures of French instrumental music, Laurence Cummings and Elizabeth Kenny perform Instrumental music by composer and harpsichord players François Couperin and Charles Dieupart, alongside that of lutenist Robert De Visée.

Couperin Premier Leçon de Ténèbre

Couperin Harpsichord Suite in D major

Purcell O Solitude

Purcell Alleluia

Purcell Lord, what is man

De Visée Suite in D

Purcell Dido's Lament


Handel I will magnify thee

Handel 'Angels ever bright and fair' from Theodora

Rameau 'C'en est trop' from Dardanus

Rameau Troubles cruels

Rameau Quands l'aquilon

Rameau Tristes apprets

Dieupart Cinquième Suite in F major

Handel Arias from Giulio Cesare:



Da tempeste

Approx. finish time 9.30pm (with interval)