Lily Arbisser possesses an "individual-timbred" soprano (Opera News) that "floats effortlessly" (www.feastofmusic.com) over the orchestra. Known for delivering insightful performances, she is establishing a reputation as a soloist of great versatility and depth. In previous seasons, Arbisser debuted such roles as Monica in Menotti’s The Medium at the Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice, Jeannette in the Chevalier de Saint-Georges’ L'Amant Anonyme with the little OPERA theatre of NY, as well as Pamina in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte with Opera Seabrook. She also enjoyed a fruitful collaboration with pianist Jason Wirth in numerous performances of Poulenc’s La voix humaine. Last summer, Arbisser joined Teatro Nuovo (formerly Bel Canto at Caramoor), as an Apprentice Artist where she studied the role of Ilia in Mozart's Idomeneo. This season she was a semifinalist in The Kurt Weill Foundation’s prestigious Lotte Lenya Competition and will join Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute in summer 2019 as a vocal fellow.
Increasingly in demand on the concert stage, Arbisser is a frequent soloist with choral groups in and around the New York City area, most recently appearing in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 and Vaughan William’s Serenade to Music with Princeton Pro Musica. Other concert credits include the title role in Handel’s Theodora with the Columbia University Bach Society, as well as the soprano soloist in Handel’s Israel in Egypt during the American Handel Society Festival and in Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana with both the Stonewall Chorale of New York City and Ars Choralis of Woodstock, NY.
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 featured as the piano soloist in a performance of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with the Quad City Wind Ensemble. She graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Princeton University with a Bachelor of Arts in Art and Archaeology and a Certificate in Vocal Performance. She holds a Master of Music degree from Mannes College the New School for Music. - last updated: 04/23/2019