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"a marvel" - Washington Classical Review
"glorious intensity and pathos" - San Francisco Chronicle
"a silky tone among all registers" - Town Topics (Princeton, NJ)
"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."
(4x4 Festival) -The New York Times
"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)
January 27, 2023
Luthien has been a member of the New York-based Clarion Choir for about 16 years now. For the last several years, they've been exploring a huge range of gorgeous sacred Russian repertoire under their hugely talented director, Steven Fox, including the granddaddy of them all - Rachmaninoff's All-Night Vigil.
They recorded the work just before the pandemic in January of 2020, and Luthien is so proud and happy to announce that it is now available on all major music platforms.
Click on the picture to visit your chosen platform for a preview, and if you like what you hear, please order a copy today.
December 6, 2022
Premiered in 1625, Francesca Caccini's La liberazione di Ruggiero dall'isola d'Alcina is the first known opera by a female composer – a humorous and witty work with choruses of enchanted plants, monsters, exotic ladies and sea gods, a good and an evil sorceress and a rather easily seduced ‘hero’.
Luthien is pleased to announce that Brighton Early Music Festival's ground-breaking film of the opera - inspired by the work of George Méliès and directed by visionary director Thomas Guthrie - is now available to stream HERE for only £5. Luthien appears as several characters in the film, including one of three very naughty Damigelle. Enjoy!
August 26, 2020
Luthien and six of her talented female colleagues have created a virtual chamber performance of 'Per le porte del tormento' from Sosarme, by George Frideric Handel to honor National Women's Equality Day, and the centenary of the adoption of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, guaranteeing women the right to vote. We hope you enjoy it. x
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