Lucy Farrimond is a young Lyric Soprano based in Greater Manchester, UK. Recently having graduated the 'Royal Northern College' of Music with a Master of Music in Performance, Lucy studied under the tutelage of renowned soprano, Jane Irwin. Lucy has performed at esteemed venues throughout the UK and abroad, including: The Royal Albert Hall, The Bridgewater Hall, Snape Maltings, and The Embassy of the United Kingdom in Paris. At the young age of 21, Lucy made her BBC Proms Solo Debut in Haydn's 'The Creation' at The Royal Albert Hall, with the 'BBC Philharmonic' - conducted by Omer Meir Wellber - live on BBC Radio 3. For this performance, Lucy received a mention in The Guardian.
Having developed international acclaim, Lucy was selected by 'Gaulitana: A Festival of Music’, to participate in a master class and concert with internationally renowned soprano Miriam Gauci in Malta and was subsequently offered a principal role in Puccini's 'Manon Lescaut'. The following year, Lucy participated in Melofonetica's 'Veneto Opera Summer School', performing both principal roles in the historic Teatro Eleonora Duse, Asolo. In August 2022, Lucy sang for ‘Verāo Clássico’ in Lisbon, where she worked with esteemed soprano Anna Samuil and was awarded ‘Highly Commended’ for her performance. Summer 2023 saw Lucy travel to Provence, France to perform as the soprano soloist in Mahler's 'Symphony No.4' and Mozart's 'Coronation Mass' alongside 'Musique Cordiale International Festival'. Furthermore, Lucy performed an opera gala in the stunning 'Domaine Val d'Iris' and song recital in the idyllic 'Pays de Fayence'.
ORCHESTRAS AND CONDUCTORS
Lucy has worked with renowned conductors, including Sir Mark Elder, Omer Meir Wellber, Sakari Oramo, David Parry, Lee Reynolds and Martin Andre, alongside acclaimed orchestras including: The Hallé, BBC Philharmonic, BBC Symphony Orchestra and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Lucy has received coaching from many esteemed professionals within her field including Paul Wynne Griffiths, Steven Maughan, Michael Pollock, Martin Pickard, Amanda Roocroft and Angel Blue.
Operatic roles include ‘Eleonora’ in Wolf-Ferrari’s ‘Le donne curiose’ (RNCM), ‘Bianca’ in Puccini’s ‘La Rondine’ (RNCM), ‘Erste Dame’ in Mozart’s ‘Die Zauberflöte’ (RNCM) and ‘Dorinda’ in Handel’s ‘Orlando’ (RNCM). Lucy has also performed professional excerpts as 'Mimi' in Puccini's 'La Bohème', 'Zerlina' in Mozart's 'Don Giovanni' and 'Gilda' in Verdi's 'Rigoletto'.
Chorus credits include Puccini’s ‘Suor Angelica’ and ‘La Bohème’, Vaughan Williams’ ‘The Pilgrim’s Progress’, Mozart’s ‘Don Giovanni’ and Bizet’s ‘Carmen’. Equally at ease with contemporary repertoire, Lucy has premiered principal roles with Manchester Contemporary Youth Opera, notably premiered the world premiere of ‘Sonetos del Amor Oscuro’ by Maña Mesas (2017).
RECITAL | CONCERT | ORATORIO
Performing frequently alongside her duo partner Henry Cash, Lucy gave a recital at the 'C. Bechstein Centre' Manchester to great acclaim. Furthermore, Lucy has toured the UK with pianist Juanjo Blázquez Garre, with highlights including ‘Leeds Lieder Lounge’ and the recital series' of Chelmsford, Wakefield and Shrewsbury Cathedrals.
Recently, Lucy performed as a soloist in Bernstein’s ‘MASS’, celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the RNCM at the Bridgewater Hall. Further solo concert work includes ‘Messiah’ with London’s ‘All Saints Chorus and Orchestra’ and Fauré’s ‘Requiem in D minor’ with the Philharmonic Choir of Manchester. The 2023/24 season will see Lucy perform as a soloist in; Vivaldi's 'Gloria' (All Saints Orchestra, London), Mozart's 'Coronation Mass' (Musique Cordiale International, Kent), Mahler's 'Symphony No.4' (Stockport Symphony Orchestra, Greater Manchester), Haydn's 'The Creation' (All Saint's Orchestra, London).
Competition highlights include; participating in the 'Antonio Cesti Competition' in Innsbruck, Austria (2023), winning the 'Amanda Ira Aldridge Honourable Mention Prize' at the RNCM ‘Williams-Howard’ Competition (2023), the first prize of ‘The George Shirley Vocal Competition’ international category (2022) and winning four categories (Lieder, French Song, Oratorio, Vocal Solo) at the ‘Chester Competitive Festival of Performing Arts’ (2022). At Chetham’s School of Music, Lucy was awarded the 'Judith and Henry Tankel Memorial Prize for Singing Excellence' (2017).
Lucy has been the Event Manager of the 'National Student Opera Society UK' since March 2020 and is passionate about sharing her love for opera with fellow young musicians globally. Since being appointed at the organisation, Lucy has hosted interviews and masterclasses alongside top industry professionals worldwide, with her work being nominated for a '360° Opera Award'. A keen polyglot, Lucy speaks, English, Spanish, French, Italian and German. Acting credits include supporting actress work for ITV Primetime Series. An accomplished composer, Lucy won first prize in Chetham’s Biennial Carol Competition (2016) with her piece ‘A Saviour’s Lullaby’, which received its premiere in Manchester Cathedral, and appeared on BBC Primetime television. 2022 saw Lucy become a trustee of Wigan Music Society, a position enabling her to assist in the promotion of classical music in her hometown, which is incredibly important to her.
Lucy is very grateful to have been generously supported by; 'Ann Gerrard Bursaries', 'Sophie's Silver Lining Fund', the ‘Ann Driver Trust’ and the 'Hindley and Abram Grammar School Foundation' throughout her studies at the RNCM.