RITA LILLY (soprano) is familiar to audiences in oratorio, recital, and opera, but most notably for her performances of baroque and early music. She has been lauded by The New York Times for “possessing a voice of strength, clarity, and virtuosity” and by the S.F. Classical Voice for “having a pure, silvery voice with plenty of color.” She is a native New Yorker and has appeared as a featured soloist with the American Boychoir, American Classical Orchestra, American Symphony Orchestra, Artek, Bachworks, Bach Aria Group, Clarion Music Society, Concert Royal, Rebel, Trinity Church Concerts at One Series, and the New York Consort of Viols, among others. As the soprano soloist of the Waverly Consort, she toured throughout the U.S. and abroad. She has been featured on live broadcasts on New York’s WNYC, WNCN, National Public Radio, and Radio-Canada. She made her N.Y. Weill Recital Hall debut in Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater with Collegium and has toured with harpsichordist and organist Anthony Newman.
Since coming to the Bay area, Ms. Lilly has been a soloist with AVE, Albany Consort, American Bach Soloists, Bay Choral Guild, Berkeley Early Music Festival, California Bach Society, Chora Nova, City Concert Opera, Magnificat Baroque Ensemble, Musicsources, New Music Works in Santa Cruz, S.F. Concert Chorale, S.F. Renaissance Voices, and Sacramento Baroque. Her recordings include three with the Waverly Consort on EMI; Handel and Vivaldi’s Dixit Dominus with the American Boychoir on Musical Heritage; Scarlatti’s St. Cecilia Mass on Newport Classic; Sowerby’s Medieval Poem on Naxos; a German Baroque Christmas with American Classical Orchestra on Musicmasters and Orff’s Carmina Burana with the S.F. Concert Chorale. She is on the faculty of the SFEMS Baroque Summer Workshop at Sonoma State and maintains an active vocal studio in the bay area.
“The performance by soloist Rita Lilly was most notable for its strength, clarity and virtuosity”…….Robert Haskins (Chorus Magazine)
“Rita Lilly’s performance was excellent. Her personality blossomed in contrasting sets of
lyric songs…with coloratura all beautifully rendered”….James R. Oestereich (NY Times)
“The best songs were the simplest and quietest, especially the plaintive solos by The Waverly Consort’s soprano, Rita Lilly”………Richard Taruskin (NY Times)
Rita Lilly deserves to be singled out: She is a soprano of strong voice and a fine bell-like tone.”……..David Bratman (SF Classical Voice)
“Rita Lilly gave special pleasure in the Vaillant”……..Bernard Holland (NY Times)
“Rita Lilly’s pure, silvery voice, with its minimal vibrato, was extraordinary”…Beverly Wilcox (SF Classical Voice)
“Rita Lilly has a strong, cutting voice of considerable freshness that easily soars throughout the hall.” Jason Victor Serinus (SF Classical Voice)
“As Euterpe, Rita Lilly was stellar, her vocal quality pure and light but with plenty of color”….Michael Zweibach (SF Classical Voice)