Breathtaking Virtuosity

 “Shelton’s musicianship, technique, and intelligence are unfailing…”
The Boston Globe

“When the voice belongs to a phenomenal singer like soprano Lucy Shelton the music becomes a gift,
message or poem sent from the composer via the performer to the audience.”
The Washington Post

“Mellifluous, creamy phrasing and breathtaking virtuosity.”
London Sunday Times

Dolce Suono Ensemble performing Shulamit Ran's Moon Songs

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"Wednesday evening’s program of new chamber cantatas by Jeremy Gill and Shulamit Ran...was both sonically seductive and thought-provoking as it explored the fluid border between the lyric and the dramatic. Both qualities are concentrated in the soprano Lucy Shelton, a trailblazer in new vocal music for more than five decades." The New York Times

Magnificent Instrument

 “Shelton lived up to her reputation. She is, indeed, a complete musician
with a magnificent instrument and an intelligent mind toward style."
The Columbus Dispatch

"So supple was her phrasing, so attentive was she to textual nuance,
that her performance reached out to the audience in an utterly natural and spontaneous way.”
The Chicago Tribune

"At the center the first-class soprano Lucy Shelton demonstrated the broad palette of her vocal range.”
Saarbruecken Presse

“Always a revelatory interpreter”
The Village Voice


"The Ugly Duckling" with Jon Deak

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Graceful Elegance

“Shelton’s elegant, warm singing made every gesture tell…Shelton’s singing was a marvel of
graceful eloquence.”
San Francisco Chronicle

“Shelton, with grace and an effortless technique” Classics Today

"Shelton sang beatifuly.."
New York Times

Pierrot Lunaire with eighth blackbird

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“Shelton dazzles continuously from the heights.”
The Sunday Times

“Lucky the composers (rather many by now) who have had Lucy Shelton on their side.
Her technique (and personality and imagination) can have a listener warming even to music that’s hell-bent on avoiding warmth."
The Boston Globe

Expressive Power

 “One of those rare sopranos with near-perfect pitch and the ability to negotiate jagged intervals, switch to sprechgesang and then soar over the orchestra with golden tone.”
The Denver Post

“Abundant reserves of steely accuracy and expressive power”
The Times (London)

“vivid vocalism…expressive use of the demands the music is placing on her essentially lyric instrument”

“A favorite of modernist composers and of critics…everybody’s first choice for Schoenberg or Messiaen.”
Los Angeles Times

“So pure and expressive is Shelton’s voice that she could create magic merely by reciting from the song book.”
The Washington Post

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