Lily Arbisser possesses an “individual-timbred soprano” (Opera News) that “floats effortlessly” (www.feastofmusic.com) over the orchestra. In 2019, Lily joined Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute in Chicago as a vocal fellow. She also won first prize in the National Federation of Music Club’s Young Artist Competition, was a semi-finalist in the Kurt Weill Foundation’s Lotte Lenya Competition, and made her debut at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall as Suzu in Riyoichi Saito’s chamber opera Dojoji.
During the summer of 2018, Lily was an Apprentice Artist at Teatro Nuovo studying Ilia in Mozart’s Idomeneo. Other select performance credits include Monica in Menotti’s The Medium at the Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice, Pamina in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte with Opera Seabrook, as well as Elle in Poulenc’s La voix humaine.
Lily is a frequent concert soloist with choral groups in and around New York City, most recently singing in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 and Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music, both with Princeton Pro Musica of Princeton, NJ. She joins Pro Musica again in March 2020 as the soloist in James Whitbourn’s “Annelies,” a cantata set to text translated from Anne Frank’s diary. Other select concert credits include Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass and Orff’s Carmina Burana, both with Ars Choralis of Woodstock, NY and the title role in Handel’s Theodora with the Columbia University Bach Society.
Lily also demonstrates great enthusiasm for art song performance and frequently gives salon-style house concerts in addition to performing traditional recitals. Her recitals explore a vast repertoire, including beloved Spanish, German, French, Italian, and Russian songs, music of contemporary American composers, 12-tone compositions, and musical theatre, cabaret and tango songs.
A native of Davenport, Iowa, where public schools champion the arts, Arbisser was an avid instrumentalist from an early age, distinguishing herself on cello, French horn, and piano. At the age of seventeen, she was featured as the piano soloist in a performance of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with the Quad City Wind Ensemble. Lily’s association with the National Federation of Music Clubs (NFMC) dates to 1994 as a pianist. She earned ten consecutive Superior ratings in the Piano Solo and three in the Senior Piano Concerto divisions of the NFMC’s Junior Festival, earning her Fourth Gold Cup. Lily 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. www.lilyarbisser.com