Born in San Diego, California, Luthien Brackett was named after the character of the elf princess Lùthien Tinùviel in J.R.R. Tolkien's legendarium. Praised by the press for her “lushness and delicacy,” and “silky tone among all registers,” Luthien is in great demand as a mezzo-soprano soloist and professional chorister. Her most recent solo appearances include J. S. Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with the Yorkshire Bach Soloists and Yorkshire Bach Choir (UK); Brahms’ Love Song Waltzeswith Mark Morris Dance Group for the Mostly Mozart Festival in New York (US); Handel’s Messiah with The Choir of Trinity Wall Street and Trinity Baroque Orchestra in New York (US); Bach’s Christmas Oratorio with Sinfonia da Camera in Urbana, Illinois (US); and Bach’s Mass in B Minor with Impromptu Bach (US). Among her numerous commercial recordings are four GRAMMY-nominated albums, including The Clarion Choir’s Alexander Kastalsky: Memory Eternal, a 2019 nominee for Best Choral Performance. Luthien appeared with The Clarion Choir and covered the roles of Juno and Ino in the English Concert’s 2019 international tour of Handel’s Semele. She has recently completed her postgraduate studies at the University of York in England, where she was the second female choral scholar ever appointed at York Minster Cathedral. She also appeared with I Fagiolini in their production of Monteverdi’s Orfeo at the York Early Music Festival and LSO St. Luke’s in London, and with The Monteverdi Choir in Berlioz’s Benvenuto Cellini at the BBC Proms. www.LuthienBrackett.com.