Lucy De Butts is a British lyric coloratura soprano. She is based in Berlin and performs throughout Europe as a concert, sacred music and opera singer.
Born in Buckinghamshire, England, Lucy read History at Edinburgh University before embarking on a career in music. Having sung recreationally since the age of 16 alongside violin and piano studies, it was the two fantastic summers spent singing with Hellmuth Rilling's Stuttgart Festival Ensemble in 2006 & 7 that inspired her to take the plunge and pursue a singing career. She has since gained Masters degrees in Classical Singing from Trinity College of Music in London and the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK) in Switzerland.
Opera roles to date include Sandrina Mozart: La Finta Giardiniera (Zurich Festspiele), Olympia Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann (Opera Academy Bad Orb), The Queen of the Night Mozart: The Magic Flute (Weimar Lyric Opera Studio), Inez Michele Carafa: I Due Figaro (Zürich Free Opera Company), Monica Menotti: The Medium (Berlin International Opera), and Belinda Purcell: Dido and Aeneas & Cupid John Blow: Venus and Adonis (Hampstead Garden Opera Company, London).
Lucy sings extensively as an oratorio soloist. Recent highlights include Bach Weihnachtsoratorium, Handel Messiah, Beethoven Choral Fantasy, Mozart Requiem, Handel Dixit Dominus, Mozart Mass in C Minor and Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle.
In 2019 Lucy founded 'Emerald Ghost', a vocal-piano duo specialising in contemporary classical music, with the italian pianist Giovanna Gatto. Their first recording was released in 2021 on Paladino Records and featured song cycles by Aaron Copland and Carlo Galante. Please visit www.emeraldghostduo.com for more information.
Alongside her solo career, Lucy performs with many notable ensembles across Europe: the NDR (North Germany Radio Choir), the RIAS Kammerchor (Berlin), Chorwerk Ruhr (Bochum), the Gächinger Cantorey (Stuttgart), the Zürich Sing-Akademie, and the WDR and BR radio choirs (in Cologne and Berlin respectively). Lucy sang for three years in the opera chorus of Konzert Theater Bern from 2010 to 2013. Lucy currently studies with Heidi Brunner.
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