Lucy Farrimond is a young lyric soprano based in Greater Manchester, UK: currently studying for a master’s degree at the Royal Northern College of Music under the tutelage of 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 age of 21, Lucy made her BBC Proms Solo Debut in Haydn's 'The Creation' at The Royal Albert Hall, with the BBC Philharmonic and BBC Proms Youth Choir - 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 Maltese soprano Miriam Gauci in Gozo, Malta and was subsequently offered a principal role in Puccini's 'Manon Lescaut'. Lucy also participated in Melofonetica's 'Veneto Opera Summer School' in August 2019 - after being awarded a 'Badoer Dalla Rizza' scholarship - where she performed principal and chorus roles in the historic Teatro Eleonora Duse, Asolo. Lucy looks forward to participating in ‘Verāo Clássico 2022’ in Lisbon, Portugal, where she will work with soprano Anna Samuil.
Lucy has worked with esteemed conductors, including: Sir Mark Elder, Omer Meir Wellber, Sakari Oramo, David Parry, Richard Cooke, 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, Prof Janice Chapman, Ann Murray DBE, Susan Bullock, Martin Pickard, Amanda Roocroft and Angel Blue. Lucy recently participated in two weekend residencies at ‘Opera North’ and had the joy of working with artists including; Laurence Cummings, Matthew Eberhardt, Dearbhla Collins, Joyce Henderson and Philip Voldman.
Alongside operatic performances, Lucy performs frequently as a concert soloist and recitalist. Operatic principal roles include ‘Bianca’ in Puccini’s ‘La Rondine’ (RNCM), ‘Erste Dame’ in Mozart’s ‘Die Zauberflöte’ (RNCM) and ‘Dorinda’ in Handel’s ‘Orlando’ (RNCM). Further operatic credits include chorus roles in 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 performed principal roles in the premieres of contemporary operas ‘Out to Lunch’ and ‘In the Hope of Rain’ (MCYO 2018) and performed as a soloist in the world premiere of ‘Sonetos del Amor Oscuro’ by Maña Mesas (2017). Further operatic credits include the total role in ‘Iolanthe’ (2019) with MUGSS and chorus roles in ‘Suor Angelica’, ‘The Pilgrim’s Progress’, ‘La Bohème’ and ‘Don Giovanni’.
Recent competition success includes: winning 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). Alumna of the prestigious Chetham’s School of Music, Lucy studied under the tutelage of Mezzo-Soprano, Margaret McDonald. At Chetham’s, 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'.
Lucy is very grateful to be generously supported by; 'Ann Gerrard Bursaries', 'Sophie's Silver Lining Fund' and the 'Hindley and Abram Grammar School Foundation'.