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"a marvel" - Washington Classical Review
"glorious intensity and pathos" - San Francisco Chronicle
"The marquee moments came from mezzo-soprano Luthien Brackett, who produced a rounded sound in the alto arias, warm and full into the lower range and equal in power all the way to the top. Her first aria, “Buß und Reu,” was a marvel, her potent voice married to the two beautiful transverse flutes, played by Colin St-Martin and Kathryn Roth. Her aria “Erbarme dich” in the second half was the heart of the work, as it should be, a motherly embrace between God and a repentant sinner. " - Washington Classical Review
"At the dark, luminous center of the evening came 'He was despised,' sung with glorious intensity and pathos by mezzo-soprano Luthien Brackett. Even taken at a snail’s pace, the lushness and delicacy of the performance were magical." (Handel's Messiah) - San Francisco Chronicle
"The alto Luthien Brackett was excellent at integrating her ornamentation into the vocal line, bringing tenderness to the richly consolatory 'Trocknet Euch Ihr Heissen Zähren' ('Dry Yourselves, Hot Tears') of Phillip Heinrich Erlebach."
"Ms. Brackett sang arias with a silky tone among all registers (which can get quite low in Bach) with an especially rich tone on the lower passages." (J.S. Bach's Weihnachtsoratorium) - Town Topics (Princeton, NJ)
May 18, 2020
Luthien has been delighted to participate in The Swan Consort's virtual performance project, #MadrigalsinMay. There are six videos in the series, and all can be found HERE on the group's YouTube channel. Here is a delightful offering from Thomas Morley:
March 24, 2020
The social distancing measures which have been implemented throughout the world in an effort to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus have necessitated the cancellation or postponement of many of Luthien's upcoming performances. These include her upoming performances with Mark Morris Dance Group in Urbana, Illinois and in Brooklyn, New York. Please check back and consult the SCHEDULE page for information about these and other performances as it becomes available.
February 29, 2020
In April, Luthien will appear as the mezzo-soprano soloist for Mark Morris Dance Group's upcoming performances of Arrows. Eros. (featuring the music of George Frideric Handel) at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts in Urbana, Illinois and at the Mark Morris Dance Center in Brooklyn, New York.
For a complete list of performances or to purchase tickets, visit the the SCHEDULE page.
August 18, 2019
Luthien will be joining the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique and the Monteverdi Choir, led by John Eliot Gardiner, for an international tour of Berlioz's first opera, Benvenuto Cellini, on the 150th anniversary of the composer's death.
The tour will open in Berlioz’s home town: La Côte-Saint-André, before travelling to two of Europe’s most prestigious music festivals: the Berliner Festspiele and London’s BBC Proms, and concluding at the Opéra Royal, Versailles.
January 19, 2019
Luthien and her colleagues in the Clarion Choir have been nominated for a 2019 GRAMMY award in the category of Best Choral Performance for their work on Alexander Kastalsky: Memory Eternal (Naxos). The recording was also a Gramophone Editor's Choice, a MusicWeb International Recording of the Month, and one of AllMusic's Best Classical Recordings of 2018. Click on the photo to purchase Memory Eternal through iTunes.
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