The American soprano, Lindsay Russell, was born to a musica family. Both of her parents were singers. She obtained her Bachelor of Music in Music Education from James Madison University in Virginia in 2007; and her Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the Manhattan School of Music in 2010. She also partcipated in the Young Artist Program of The Glimmerglass Festival (2010-2011); Young Artist Program of Seattle Opera (2011-2012); and Young Artist Program of Santa Fe Opera (2012-2013). She wone the Grand Prize for Junior Young Artist at the f Florida Grand Opera’s Young Patronesses of of Opera Competition in 2011, and 2nd prize at the Jensen Foundation Competition in 2011.
Praised as “radiant and authentic” (Opera News) with a “gracious tone,” (New York Times), American soprano Lindsay Russell is quickly making a name for herself in the operatic world. In 2009 she attended the Aspen Music Festival, where she sang Belinda in Dido and Aeneas and covered Musetta in La Bohème. Other past performances include Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, Genevieve in Suor Angelica, Jenny in Street Scene, Ms. Dorothy in Thoroughly Modern Millie, and Barbarina in Die Hochzeit des Figaro. During the 2010-2011 season, she sang the role of Laurie Moss in The Tender Land at Glimmerglass Opera and covered the role of Gilda in Rigoletto with Virginia Opera. 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. She was also seen in the American Musical Theater Ensemble’s production of And the World Goes Round: The Songs of Kander and Ebb. In November 2011 she went to China, where she made a concert with the Hong Kong Philharmonic.
Recently an apprentice artist with the Santa Fe Opera, Lindsay Russell covered the Fiakermilli in Arabella and was seen in both Apprentice Scenes showcases, performing Blondchen in Die Entführung aus dem Serail and Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos. Other recent performances include Norina in Don Pasquale and Sophie in Werther as a member of the Seattle Opera Young Artist Program. She made her debut with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, singing the Queen of the Night arias in Die Zauberflöte and Flaminia’s aria from Haydn’s Il Mondo della Luna. She also debuted with the Yakima Symphony as the soprano soloist in Carmina Burana. 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.
Upcoming performances for 2013-2014 include the first Bridesmaid in Le Nozze di Figaro at the Santa Fe Opera, and two role debuts: the Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflöte with Opera Roanoke, and Valencienne in The Merry Widow with the Concert Artist Series of Sarasota.