American soprano Lindsay Russell has gained recognition for her vocal versatility and powerful acting in a diverse repertoire. Equally at home singing new American operas and "cross-over" repertoire as she is with the standard bel canto literature, she has been praised as “radiant and authentic” by Opera News and an artist with a “gracious tone” by The New York Times. This season, Ms. Russell stars as Laurie in Aaron Copland's The Tender Land with Intermountain Opera Bozeman and performs multiple soprano roles in The Phoenix with Houston Grand Opera.
Last season's engagements include the role Marie in La Fille du Régiment with Intermountain Opera Bozeman, Leila in Les Pêcheurs des Perles with Opera in the Heights, and as the soprano soloist in Bruckner's Te Deum with Houston Symphony, led by Christoph Eisenbach. She also joined the roster of Houston Grand Opera as Addie Mills in The House Without a Christmas Tree and appeared in their production of It’s a Wonderful Life.
As an apprentice artist with Santa Fe Opera, Ms. Russell made main-stage performances as the First Bridesmaid in Le Nozze di Figaro and performed the “Bell Song” from Lakmé in the Apprentice Showcase. Also in Santa Fe, she covered the role of Fiakermilli in a production of Arabella and performed scenes from Die Entführung aus dem Serail and Ariadne auf Naxos as Blondchen and Zerbinetta, respectively.
She made her début with the Hong Kong Philharmonic singing Queen of the Night in a concert of Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte and as Flaminia in excerpts from Haydn’s Il Mondo Della Luna. She also débuted with the Yakima Symphony as the soprano soloist in Carmina Burana.
Ms. Russell is the winner of the grand prize at Florida Grand Opera’s Young Patronesses of Opera Competition and second prize at the Jensen Foundation Competition. She is a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music where she performed the roles of Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro and Gilda in Rigoletto.