This new role builds on Crowe’s strong association with the Academy after serving on the Governing Body for five years as well as being a Fellow and alumna.

The new role, named after one of the great sopranos of the 19th century associated with the early years of the Academy, is designed to respond and adapt to students’ needs in an ever-changing profession. Crowe will supervise and give professional guidance in performance classes, offering inspiration based on her vast and international experience. Largely her work will be one-to-one, helping students as they prepare for performances and final recitals during their time at the Academy.

Crowe will also mentor singers, offering advice on repertoire choices for auditions and guidance on artistic development, preparing them for the profession.

The Academy’s Principal, Jonathan Freeman-Attwood, said:

‘We are delighted to continue our work with Lucy Crowe and excited to announce this new professorship. At a time of so much uncertainty for professional music making, it is vital we are giving our musicians the best possible training, advice and preparation, working with internationally-renowned artists of the highest calibre’.

Lucy Crowe said:

‘I am delighted to be joining the Academy as the Giulia Grisi Professor of Performance Mentoring. The Academy nurtured me, providing a warm, encouraging environment to discover my potential, honing the skills needed to succeed in this wholly rewarding career.

‘I can’t wait to work closely with the students, focusing on character development, communication, emotional content and personal attainment amongst so much else, and give back what I am constantly learning, especially in these fast developing and unprecedented times.’

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Watch a clip from a masterclass with Lucy Crowe at the Academy’s Susie Sainsbury theatre here:

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