“Vocal versatility and an omnivorous curiosity” (New York Times) are the hallmarks of mezzo-soprano Lucy Dhegrae, a passionate vocalist with a flexible technique that fits a variety of styles. She has performed with the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Talea Ensemble, the Albany Symphony, among others, at such venues as Miller Theatre, Lincoln Center, and the Kennedy Center.
Dhegrae, who is “everywhere new music is being sung” (New York Classical Review) regularly premieres new vocal works and operas, and has worked closely with such composers as Unsuk Chin, Jason Eckardt, Susan Botti, Alexandra Vrebalov, and Sky Macklay. Her opera premieres include Trillium J by Anthony Braxton, Andy: A Popera (Opera Philadelphia/Bearded Ladies Cabaret), A Marvelous Order by Judd Greenstein, and Ashley Fure’s The Force of Things. Dhegrae’s festival appearances include Darmstadt (Germany), Klangspuren (Austria), Mostly Mozart, Bard Music Festival, Gesher Music Festival (St. Louis), and Aldeburgh Music Festival (as a Britten-Pears Young Artist).
As “soprano and raconteur” (The New Yorker) she directs Resonant Bodies Festival, a festival of contemporary vocal music that takes place in NYC and beyond, which she founded in 2013. She graduated from the Bard College Conservatory Graduate Vocal Arts Program (MM in Vocal Performance ’12) as well as the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre, and Dance (BM in Vocal Performance '08) and is a core member of the new music ensemble Contemporaneous.
"Ms. Dhegrae sang with a riveting combination of dramatic volatility and cool command." —New York Times
"...sung with alluring sound and narrative urgency by Lucy Dhegrae." —New York Times
"Soprano and raconteur..." —New Yorker
"Vocal versatility and an omnivorous curiosity..." —New York Times
"...confident... expressive... effective...” —New York Times
"Lucy Dhegrae ... show[ed] wonderful restraint to blend and sometimes hide behind the complicated and thick timbral texture of other voices and instruments that then allowed her most emotional and human moments to pierce through...." —i care if you listen
"Dhegrae, who seems to be everywhere new music is being sung, is a particularly strong and versatile performer...” —New York Classical Review
"...emotional... Forceful, resigned, rhapsodic and angry... kept up with the opera's fierce pacing and was convincingly agile in her response to the .. grinding and highly charged direction.... impressive vocal control..." —Schmopera
"... Lucy Dhegrae presented with stunning beauty … her bright bell tones transcended the concrete theater with visions of the heavenly Olympus… her voice truly soared.” —Theatre Scene
“…a seamless, gliding performance that seemed to capture the effervescence… Dhegrae and Pesca performed elegantly and seemed to enjoy the performance along with the audience.” —KDHX St. Louis
"...suave ease..." —The Millbrook Independent
"But it was the voice of Lucy Dhegrae which rose above everything. Hers was a vocalise, with lulling sounds rather than words. She sung, yes. But hers was a soprano-alto which almost literally melted through the sounds of the orchestra. I have no doubt Ms. Dhegrae can essay those tours de force which all singers do these days. Yet this was a voice which didn’t need gymnastics. The sounds were pure, sweet, Ms. Evans’s semi-melodies seemed to come out of space, floated, evaporated, started again. It was an experience which transcended the composition itself." —ConcertoNet.com