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Lindsay Russell

Praised as “radiant and authentic” by Opera News and an artist with a “gracious tone” by The New York Times, American soprano Lindsay Russell is quickly gaining recognition in the operatic world. This season she makes several role and company debuts, including the Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflöte with Opera Roanoke and Arizona Opera, The Lady with a Hand Mirror in Dominic Argento’s Postcard from Morocco with Portland Opera and Valencienne in The Merry Widowwith the Concert Artist Series of Sarasota.

As a recent apprentice artist with the Santa Fe Opera, Lindsay Russell made mainstage performances as the First Bridesmaid in Le nozze di Figaro and performed the “Bell Song” from Lakmé in the Apprentice Showcase. The previous summer in Santa Fe she covered the role of Fiakermilli for their production of Arabella and performed scenes from Die Entführung aus dem Serail and Ariadne auf Naxos, as Blondchen and Zerbinetta, respectively.

In summer 2011 she performed Frasquita in Carmen and A Young Woman in the world premiere of Jeanine Tesori’s A Blizzard in Marblehead Neck with The Glimmerglass Festival, where she previously sang the role of Laurie Moss in The Tender Land. Also that season she covered the role of Gilda in Rigoletto with Virginia Opera. In 2009, Ms. Russell attended the Aspen Music Festival where she performed the role of Belinda in Dido and Aeneas and covered Musetta in La bohème. She also performed the roles of Norina in Don Pasquale and Sophie in Werther as a member of the Seattle Opera Young Artist Program.

In 2012, she debuted with the Yakima Symphony as the soprano soloist in Carmina Burana. In 2011, Ms. Russell made her debut with the Hong Kong Philharmonic singing the Queen of the Night arias from Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte and Flaminia’s aria from Haydn’s Il Mondo della Luna.

Other roles Ms. Russell has performed include Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, Genevieve in Suor Angelica, Jenny in Street Scene, Ms. Dorothy in Thoroughly Modern Millie, and Barbarina inDie Hochzeit des Figaro. She is a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music where she performed the roles of Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro and Gilda in Rigoletto.

Lindsay Russell is the winner of the grand prize at Florida Grand Opera’s Young Patronesses of Opera Competition and second prize at the Jensen Foundation Competition.


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