The coloratura soprano, Lisa Cassidy's recent travels include journeying to Northern Spain to develop a contemporary improvisatory piece. Here she worked with the artist Grace Schwindt and Vertixe Sonora Ensemble under conductor Ramón Souto. The completed work was performed to a full house at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Vigo. The project was revisited and evolved further later that year for the Block Universe Festival at the Royal Academy of Art in London.
In March 2018 Lisa was invited to perform in 'Opera and Steel' in the 'Something Raw' festival at the Frascati theatre in Amsterdam. This cutting edge artistic performance, involving not only the voice but also intricate choreography and musical improvisation, was given to a sold out audience.
In 2017 Lisa was invited to take part in the Norfolk and Norwich festival in the unique all night work, 'The Arms of Sleep' with the Voice Project. The series of five concerts involved the realization of new compositions by Orlando Gough, Helen Chadwick, Jonathan Baker and others. She is pleased to continue frequently appearing as a guest soloist with The Voice Project.
In 2015/16 Lisa produced and toured with Francis Poulenc's uniquely moving opera 'La voix humaine'. Following this performance she worked with composer Kenneth Ian Hÿtch, who composed her a new opera entitled 'Lady Macbeth is Dead' which was premiered at the Hostry Festival in 2016 and performed again in 2017. The festival was delighted with the performance declaring: 'This is one of the finest things that the Hostry has ever put on'.
Lisa is a dedicated oratorio singer. Recent engagements include singing both soprano parts in Bach's Mass in B Minor with Sinfonia Chorale at Southwell Minster for their 50th Anniversary concert, under Richard Roddis; working with Sistema Norwich on Kemal Yusuf's new work 'Cain', the role of Belinda in Purcell’s ‘Dido and Aeneas’ alongside The Brook Street Band, Benjamin Britten’s ‘Spring Symphony’ and Beethoven's ‘9th Symphony’ under Sharon Choa with the Norwich Philharmonic; Bach’s ‘Magnificat’ with the Norwich Philharmonic under David Dunnett, Rossini's ‘Petite Messe Solennelle’ at St Peter Mancroft in Norwich, Mozart's 'C Minor Mass' in St Mary's Cathedral Edinburgh and more recently with the English Arts Chorale in Surrey, Orff’s ‘Carmina Burana’ for the Wirksworth Festival in Derbyshire.
In 2015 Lisa designed and premiered a new scheme called Flash-Bach, a project whose aim is to bring live, informal performances of Bach’s Cantatas and solo works into the public sphere.
Lisa has extensive experience as a recital singer. She has appeared alongside Judith Howarth and Malcolm Martineau in Edinburgh and featured in numerous music festivals across the UK. She has a large repertoire of Mélodie, Lieder, Chanson, English, American and Spanish and Italian song.
In 2014 she was engaged as the principal singer 'The Harmonious Association' alongside recorder player Laura Cannell, harpsichordist Philip Thorby and violinist Eleanor Harrison.
Unusually for a classical singer, Lisa also enjoys and frequently performs Jazz and Cabaret music. She is regularly asked to create programmes that span the genres.
Lisa has studied and performed alongside many of todays most admired artists including Judith Howarth, Malcolm Martineau, Sarah Walker, Julius Drake, Christian Gerhaher, Marie McLaughlin, Gerold Huber, Paul Hamburger, Chris Ingham and Roger Vignoles and has sung under the baton of Jirí Blohlávek, Ilan Volkov, Gregory Rose, Sharon Choa and many other vibrant conductors. She is a graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and the Britten-Pears and Oxford Lieder Festival programmes.
Lisa continues to enhance and polish her skills as a performer and singer with the highly acclaimed soprano, Mary Plazas and award winning pianist, Christopher Glyn.