Lily Arbisser, soprano
Lily Arbisser is an “individual-timbred soprano” (Opera News) whose voice “floats effortlessly” (www.feastofmusic.com) over the orchestra. Highlights of recent seasons include joining Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute in Chicago as a vocal fellow, winning first prize in the National Federation of Music Clubs’ (NFMC) Biennial Young Artist Competition, being a semi-finalist in the Kurt Weill Foundation’s prestigious Lotte Lenya Competition, and debuting at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall as Suzu in Riyoichi Saito’s chamber opera Dojoji.
In March 2020, before the pandemic halted in-person performances, Lily sang Elle in Poulenc’s La voix humaine with the Modern Opera Company in New York City. During the remainder of 2020 and into 2021, Lily was booked for solo recitals for the National Federation of Music Clubs throughout the United States: Arkansas, Michigan, South Carolina, Mississippi, Ohio, Iowa, and Chautauqua. When the pandemic resulted in cancellations, Lily continued concertizing online and performed live-stream recitals collectively viewed over 2000 times.
Lily’s return to in-person performances in 2022 will include numerous solo opportunities in Iowa and in the New York City area. Select performances include Anne Frank in James Whitbourn’s oratorio Annelies with Princeton Pro Musica in Princeton, NJ and a solo recital for the Iowa Federation of Music Clubs as the state’s first Iowa-born winner of the NFMC’s Young Artist competition. A native of Davenport, Iowa, Lily is also extremely excited to return home to join pianist Thomas Sauer and Chamber Music Quad Cities for a recital of newly commissioned art songs setting work by Quad-City-area poets.
Lily is a proud graduate of Davenport Central High School. She graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Princeton University with a Bachelor of the Arts in Art and Archaeology and a Certificate in Vocal Performance. She holds a Master of Music degree from Mannes College. When not singing, she can be found outdoors cultivating a newfound passion for soil science, pollinators, and native plant gardening. www.lilyarbisser.com