Contemporary Performance Program
Winner of two Walter W. Naumburg Awards – as chamber musician as well as solo recitalist – soprano Lucy Shelton enjoys an international career singing repertoire of all periods, with a primary focus on contemporary music. Notable among her numerous world premieres are works by Carter, Knussen, Davidovsky, Del Tredici, Grisey, Ruders, Schwantner, Albert and Wuorinen. An avid chamber musician, Shelton has been a guest artist with ensembles such as the Emerson, Brentano, and Guarnieri string quartets, the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society, Speculum Musicae, Sospeso, New York New Music Ensemble, Boston Musica Viva, eighth blackbird, the Nash Ensemble, Klangform Wien, Schoenberg-Asko, Ensemble Moderne and Ensemble Intercontemporain.
Highlights of recent seasons include her Zankel Hall debut with the Met Chamber Orchestra and Maestro James Levine in Carter’s A Mirror On Which To Dwell, numerous performances of Pierrot Lunaire; A Cabaret Opera in collaboration eighth blackbird and Blair Thomas Puppets, and the release of six new CD’s with works by Alberto Ginastera, Anne Le Baron, Virko Baley, Louis Karchin, Chinary Ung and Charles Wuorinen. She has taught at the Third Street Settlement School in Manhattan, Eastman School, New England Conservatory, Britten-Pears School and the Cleveland Institute. She joined the resident artist faculty of the Tanglewood Music Center in 1996. In the fall of 2007 she joined the Manhattan School of Music’s Contemporary Performance faculty.