Born in San Diego, California to parents who loved to read, Luthien Brackett was named for the character of the elf princess Lùthien Tinùviel in J.R.R. Tolkien's legendarium. Praised by the press for her “easy, appealing alto” and “silky tone among all registers,” she is a New York-based mezzo-soprano specializing in music of the Renaissance and Baroque periods. Her most recent solo appearances include J.S. Bach's St. John Passion with Music in the Somerset Hills alongside Julianne Baird, Charpentier Vespers with TENET's Green Mountain Project, Handel’s Messiah with The Choir of Trinity Wall Street and Trinity Baroque Orchestra, Bach’s Christmas Oratorio with Princeton Pro Musica and the Chorus of Westerly, Arvo Pärt’s Passio with TENET for Carnegie Hall's ‘collected stories’ Festival, and Mozart's Requiem with The Clarion Society. She has also performed recent engagements with the Verbier Festival in Switzerland, the Casals Festival in Puerto Rico, Early Music Festival: NYC, The English Concert, The Knights, The Sebastians and The Washington Chorus. Regional opera credits include Handel's Semelewith Music in the Somerset Hills, Mozart’s Il Sogno di Scipione with Gotham Chamber Opera, and numerous productions with Spoleto Festival, U.S.A. She is a featured soloist on the Choir of Trinity Wall Street’s acclaimed recording of the Complete Haydn Masses (Naxos), as well as its recent GRAMMY-nominated recording of Handel’s Israel in Egypt (Musica Omnia). Luthien is a frequent soloist for Trinity Wall Street’s Bach at One series, and Holy Trinity Lutheran Church’s venerable Bach Vespers series in New York. In great demand as an ensemble performer, she is a member of the Choir of Trinity Wall Street, and appears regularly with some of the country's preeminent vocal groups, including The Antioch Chamber Ensemble, TENET, Vox, Voices of Ascension, Pomerium, The Clarion Society, and Seraphic Fire.
Also sought-after as a performer of new music, Luthien was one of eight soloists chosen to give the premiere performance and recording of Ralf Yusuf Gawlick's Missa Gentis Humanae in Boston in 2014. In May of that year, she sang in the US premiere of Pablo Ortiz's chamber opera Gallos y huesos, a production of the Americas Society and Centro de Experimentación del Teatro Colón. With the Choir of Trinity Wall Street and the Bang on a Can All-Stars, Luthien participated in the New York premiere of Julia Wolfe's Pulitzer Prize-winning piece, Anthracite Fields, as part of the New York Philharmonic's inaugural Biennial Festival, and she can be heard on the forthcoming commercial recording of that work.
In the coming year, Luthien will maintain a vigorous concert schedule with engagements across the U.S. and abroad. For a continuously updated schedule of all upcoming performances, visit www.LuthienBrackett.com