This year 2017 has gotten off to a tremendous start with two wins at The Grammy Awards for our Los Angeles Opera recording of John Corigliano’s The Ghosts of Versailles: Best Classical Recording and Best Engineered Classical Recording. Brava to Team Ghosts! I squeezed in a quick 38 hour trip to LA for the ceremony in between performances of Ruth in The Pirates of Penzance at English National Opera – it was nutsy but worth every moment. (LA Times 12 February 2017)
When I returned to England, the news kept coming thick and fast. When the Grammy nominations were announced, Jamie Sotonoff at The Daily Herald in Chicago called and did an article about the “hometown girl done good” (Daily Herald 3 January 2017) but little did I know that once we had won, Carpentersville, my home town, decided they needed to celebrate too. Well, stand back, because let it here be known that Ed Ritter, President of Carpentersville, did indeed proclaim Tuesday, February 21, as Lucy Schaufer Day throughout this village! Well – my head still reels from such an honour. So I decided that Carpentersville and the suburban area surrounding shall hear from me every February 21st to remind them how important the arts and music education are to our society and that they’d best keep it funded. So – give a girl a day, and she’s take a soap box.
(Chicago Tribune 24 February 2017)
February’s gifts kept on coming. I had promised myself to put my producer’s hat back on as it had been a few years since I had released my debut solo CD, which had three world premiere recordings, and it was now time to get commissioning again. My husband Christopher Gillett and I have started a new charity called WILDPLUM and we’re off and running. I met with John Gilhooly at The Wigmore Hall and on 29 June 2018, Huw Watkins and I will perform The Class of 1938, celebrating the 80th birthdays of John Corigliano (new commission – and it’s finished already!), William Bolcom, John Harbison, Joan Tower, Frederic Rzewski – including music by the folk legends Gordon Lightfoot, Hedi West and Peter Yarrow in new arrangements by Michele Brourman. I will be joined by Christopher Glynn for another evening at The Wigmore Hall, and details on that once the date is confirmed. So all in all, a good start and I like my producer’s hat. It’s a good fit.
The website will continue to change as the weeks go on. It’s all new. A new chapter, new adventures and so – the electronic stuff needs to morph too. Thanks for your patience.
What’s next? I am still wearing my singer’s hat – never you fear. You’ll have to drag me off the boards! I’ve just finished Ruth in Pirates at ENO and here’s what coming up for the rest of the 2016-2017 season:
- Multiple roles in Peter Eötvös’ The Golden Dragon, Music Theatre Wales, Tongyeong International Music Festival, Korea, 31 March, 1-2 April
- Marcellina in Le Nozze di Figaro, Opera Philadelphia Tickets and information
- Angela in Marie Incontrera and Kabir Sehgal’s satirical opera Angela’s Ring, Recording in New York
- Sondheim: Smiles of a Summer Evening, Cadogan Hall, The Alex Parker Orchestra, 4 June at 630pm Tickets and information
- Florence Pike in Albert Herring at the Buxton Festival, 8 – 22 July Tickets and information
- I am on a leave of absence from the Royal College of Music until academic year 2018/2019