Performance Wednesday, April 9, 2014 | 7:30 PM

Lucy Crowe
Anna Tilbrook

Weill Recital Hall
Lucy Crowe dazzles with her every appearance, a young singer blessed with look-at -me-and-listen charisma” (The Sunday Times, London), with a “technique so secure that the most difficult coloratura gymnastics [are] like child’s play” (Chicago Tribune). Having established herself as one of the leading lyric sopranos of her generation, this exciting singer showcases her bell-like clarity and powerful stage presence when she makes her New York recital debut.

This concert is part of Salon Encores.


  • Lucy Crowe, Soprano
    New York Recital Debut
  • Anna Tilbrook, Piano


  • SCHUBERT "Der Fluss," D. 693
  • SCHUBERT "Am See," D. 746
  • SCHUBERT "Die Sterne," D. 939
  • SCHUBERT "Auf dem Wasser zu singen," D. 774
  • SCHUBERT "An den Mond," D. 193
  • SCHUBERT "Nacht und Träume," D. 827
  • SIBELIUS Luonnotar, Op. 70
  • BERG ALBAN BERG Sieben frühe Lieder
    ·· "Nacht"
    ·· "Schilflied"
    ·· "Die Nachtigall"
    ·· "Traumgekront"
    ·· "Im Zimmer"
    ·· "Liebesode"
    ·· "Sommertage"
  • VAUGHAN WILLIAMS "Silent Noon" from The House of Life
  • GURNEY "Sleep" from Five Elizabethan Songs
  • DUNHILL "The Cloths of Heaven" from The Wind Among the Reeds
  • BRIDGE "Love went a-Riding"
  • TRADITIONAL Folk Songs from the British Isles
    ·· "The Ash Grove" (arr. Britten)
    ·· "Salley Gardens" (arr. Britten)
    ·· "The Lark in the Clear Air" (arr. Tate)
    ·· "She Moved Through the Fair"
    ·· "She's Like the Swallow"
  • WALTON WILLIAM WALTON A Song for the Lord Mayor's Table
    ·· "The Lord Mayor's Table"
    ·· "Glide Gently"
    ·· "Wapping Old Stairs"
    ·· "Holy Thursday"
    ·· "The Contrast"
    ·· "Rhyme"

  • Encore:
  • GERSHWIN "Summertime" from Porgy and Bess

Event Duration

The printed program will last approximately two hours, including one 20-minute intermission.


  • Lucy Crowe

    Born in Staffordshire, Lucy Crowe studied at the Royal Academy of Music. She has established herself as one of the leading lyric sopranos of her generation.

    Her operatic roles include Servilia (La clemenza di Tito) at the Metropolitan Opera; Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro), Gilda (Rigoletto), and Belinda (Dido and Aeneas) for the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Sophie (Der Rosenkavalier) for the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Bavarian State Opera, and the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Gilda for the Deutsche Oper Berlin; Rosina (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Poppea (Agrippina), and Drusilla (L'incoronazione di Poppea) for the English National Opera; Dorinda (Orlando) in Lille, Paris, and for the Opéra de Dijon; and The Fairy Queen and the title role in The Cunning Little Vixen for Glyndebourne Festival Opera. She made her US debut as Iole in Handel's Hercules at the Lyric Opera of Chicago.

    In concert, Ms. Crowe has performed with many of the world's finest conductors and orchestras, including the Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia under Antonio Pappano; Australian Chamber Orchestra under Richard Tognetti; The Philadelphia Orchestra under Yannick Nézet-Séguin; the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood under Stéphane Denève; the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra under Andris Nelsons, Edward Gardner, Emmanuelle Haïm, and Sakari Oramo; the Konzerthausorchester Berlin under Iván Fischer; the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment under Sir Charles Mackerras and Richard Egarr; the Scottish Chamber Orchestra under Mr. Mackerras and Mr. Nézet-Séguin; The English Concert under Trevor Pinnock, Andrew Manze, and Laurence Cummings; The Sixteen under Harry Christophers; the Gabrieli Consort under Paul McCreesh; and the Monteverdi Orchestra under Sir John Eliot Gardiner.

    Festival appearances include the Aldeburgh, Edinburgh, and Mostly Mozart festivals, as well as the Salzburg Festival with the Monteverdi Choir and Orchestra under the direction of Sir John Eliot Gardiner in Haydn's Creation. Ms. Crowe has given recitals at the Brighton, Belfast, Norfolk, and Norwich festivals, and at London's St. Martin-in-the-Fields and Wigmore Hall.

    Her recordings include Handel's Il pastor fido, in addition to a Handel and Vivaldi disc with La Nuova Musica under David Bates for Harmonia Mundi. She has also recorded a Lutosławski disc with the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Edward Gardner, Handel's Alceste with Christian Curnyn and the Early Opera Company, and Eccles's The Judgement of Paris (all for Chandos); and a solo Handel disc, ll caro Sassone, with Harry Bicket and The English Concert (Harmonia Mundi).

    Future engagements include concerts with the London Symphony Orchestra under Sir Mark Elder, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra with Sir John Eliot Gardiner, and the Philharmonia Orchestra under Esa-Pekka Salonen. Current and future operatic engagements include Iole in Toronto; Adina (L'elisir d'amore) for the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; and returns to the English National Opera, Glyndebourne, and Metropolitan Opera.

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  • Anna Tilbrook

    One of Britain's most exciting pianists, Anna Tilbrook has collaborated with leading singers and instrumentalists, including James Gilchrist, Ian Bostridge, Lucy Crowe, Mark Padmore, Sarah Tynan, Victoria Simmonds, Emma Bell, Barbara Hannigan, Willard White, and Natalie Clein, as well as the Fitzwilliam, Sacconi, Elias, Coull, Puertas, and Barbirolli string quartets. Since her debut at Wigmore Hall in 1999, she has become a regular artist at all the leading concert halls and festivals. She has also accompanied José Carreras, Angela Gheorghiu, and Bryn Terfel in televised concerts.

    Recent engagements include performances at London's Wigmore Hall, Kings Place, and St. John's Smith Square, as well as at the Leicester International, Aldeburgh, Cheltenham, Oxford Lieder, Three Choirs, Alte Oper Frankfurt, and Teatro Romano festivals, among others.

    Ms. Tilbrook has collaborated with tenor James Gilchrist since 1997, and they have made a series of highly praised recordings of English songs for Linn Records, including Vaughan Williams's On Wenlock Edge, song cycles by Gerald Finzi, My Beloved is Mine: Song Cycles by Benjamin Britten, and the songs of Lennox Berkeley (for Chandos). For Orchid, they have made critically acclaimed recordings of the Schubert song cycles Die schöne Müllerin (a Gramophone Editor's Choice), Schwanengesang (with Beethoven's An die Ferne Geliebte), and Winterreise, which BBC Music Magazine chose as its disc of the month for its 2011 Christmas edition.

    Ms. Tilbrook regularly coaches young artists at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. In June 2011, she performed in Britten's The Rape of Lucretia for the Aldeburgh Festival in Snape, Amsterdam, and Luxembourg with a cast that featured Angelika Kirchschlager and Ian Bostridge, conducted by Oliver Knussen.

    Lucy Crowe and Ms. Tilbrook have collaborated on many recital projects throughout the past 10 years. They recently performed a program of French songs at the Musée des Tissus in Lyon.

    Ms. Tilbrook studied at the University of York and the Royal Academy of Music, where she was made an associate in 2009.

    Future projects include recording the Schumann song cycles for Linn records, curating a series of concerts at St. John's Smith Square, and performing recitals at Wigmore Hall with Lucy Crowe and James Gilchrist.

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Handel's La resurrezione ("Disserratevi, o porte d'Averno")
The English Concert | Harry Bicket, Conductor | Lucy Crowe, Soprano
Harmonia Mundi

At a Glance

This evening's program covers a breathtaking range of the song literature, from the German lieder of Franz Schubert and Alban Berg to the Finnish saga world of Sibelius and the urbane sophistication of Sir William Walton.

We hear six of Schubert's lieder about the beauties of the natural world and how they enrich human emotions. Berg's Sieben frühe Lieder (Seven Early Songs) come from the very beginning of his career as he began to move beyond his adoration of the music of Mahler and create his own iconoclastic style. Nature imagery is also prominent in these songs' texts, but dominating all of them is his growing love for the woman he would marry, Helene Nahowski.

Though he was a native Swedish speaker, the sagas of the Finnish Kalevala were a powerful influence on Sibelius's creative work. The Kalevala's story of the creation inspired his greatest song, Luonnotar, about a supernatural maiden who brought the world into being-a formidable test for the soprano voice.

The second half of the program is devoted to songs in the English language, including British art songs and Celtic folk melodies. Though much of this music celebrates a pastoral world, Walton's A Song for the Lord Mayor's Table is an exuberant tribute to the urban delights of London.
Program Notes
This concert is made possible by The Ruth Morse Fund for Vocal Excellence.
This performance is part of Great Singers III: Evenings of Song.

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