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Lydia Brotherton

With performances hailed as “heartbreaking,” (Boston Phoenix) and “exquisitely sung” (Dominion Post, NZ), soprano Lydia Brotherton is increasingly in demand as a soloist and chamber musician for her stylish singing in repertoire ranging from the Medieval to the Baroque. Ms. Brotherton graduated magna cum laude from Brown University with an A.B. in Music; her thesis on Purcell’s The Fairy Queen was published as a winner of Brown’s prestigious University Prize. She recently received her M.Mus. in Historical Performance from Boston University. As a featured soloist with the Boston University Baroque Orchestra under Martin Pearlman, she appeared in the title role of Eccles’ rarely heard opera Semele, as Clorinda in Monteverdi’s Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda, and in Bach’s Wedding Cantata (BWV 202). Ms. Brotherton has been a soloist with the Boston Camerata since 2007, touring nationally and internationally with the ensemble in a variety of programs, from A Renaissance Christmas to music of early America. In 2009 she performed at the Boston Early Music Festival in a late-night concert with Tragicomedia as well as the Festival’s productions of Venus and Adonis and Actéon. Upcoming solo engagements include a national tour and broadcast of Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610 with Apollo’s Fire, Bach cantatas with Emmanuel Music, performances at The Cloisters in New York City, Schnuetgen Museum in Köln, and Cité de la Musique in Paris, and a European tour of Tero Saarinen’s Borrowed Light. She has been a member of Blue Heron since 2006 and appears on both of the ensemble’s recordings. She has also recorded for West Deutsche Rundfunk, Raumklang, and CPO labels.



photo: Lydia Brotherton

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