The English mezzo-soprano, Lucy Taylor, read Modern and Medieval languages and was a choral exhibitioner at Clare College, Cambridge and a Caird Scholar under Patricia MacMahon on the Opera course at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, where she won the Governors’ Recital and John Ireland prizes, and performed numerous operatic roles, including Diana in La Calisto and Maurya in Riders to the Sea.
Lucy Taylor is now based in Cambridge. She studies with Neil Semer, is a Crear Scholar, and combines a busy performing career with voice teaching at Pembroke and Robinson Colleges and the King’s School, Ely. Recent performances have included the Maurice Duruflé's Requiem in St Etienne-du-Mont, Paris, J.S. Bach's St Matthew Passion (BWV 244) with the Israel Camerata Orchestra Jerusalem in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, a recital of songs by Julian Dawes at St Martin-in-the-Fields, George Frideric Handel’s Belshazzar under René Jacobs at the Deutsche Staatsoper in Berlin, and G.F. Handel's Messiah with the International Festival Chorus of Beijing. She has also performed Andronico in Tamerlano and Arsamene in Serse for Cambridge Handel Opera Group, Cherubino in the Cambridge University Opera Society’s gala production of W.A. Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro, W.A. Mozart's C minor Mass for the Cambridge Music Festival, Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 2 in the Markgräfliches Opernhaus, Bayreuth, and Leipzig’s Thomaskirche, and J.S. Bach's Magnificat (BWV 243) with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.
Performances as part of specialist vocal ensembles also forms an important part of Lucy Taylor's work: she has recorded Byrd’s Great Service with Musica Contexta, and performed both Gluck’s Alceste (at the Aix en Provence Festival) and G.F. Handel's Semele (in Beijing and Paris) with English Voices.