Dame Felicity Lottwas born in Cheltenham and studied singing at the Royal Academy of Music. She sang regularly at London’s Royal Opera House Covent Garden and was a guest at all the world’s leading opera stages, including New York, Vienna, Munich, Brussels, Paris, Chicago and Milan. Her versatility and extraordinary creative power impressed her audiences.
Her large repertoire included Ellen Orford in “Peter Grimes”, Donna Anna in “Don Giovanni”, Christine in “Intermezzo”, Countess Madeleine in “Capriccio”, Anne Trulove in “The Rake’s Progress” and Blanche in “Les Dialogues des Carmelites”. With Carlos Kleiber on the podium, Felicity Lott made her debut at the Metropolitan Opera New York as Marschallin in “Der Rosenkavalier” and sang this role at the Vienna State Opera and in Japan. She made her debut at Milan’s Scala as Arabella under Wolfgang Sawallisch. These appearances established her reputation as one of the greatest Strauss interpreters.
As a concert singer, Felicity Lott has appeared regularly with renowned orchestras in Europe and the USA, including the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonic Orchestras, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and the Chicago and Boston Symphony Orchestras. She has worked with such renowned conductors as Georg Solti, Bernard Haitink, Mariss Jansons, Sir Neville Marriner, Charles Mackerras and Neeme Järvi.
In addition to her commitment to opera and concert, Felicity Lott is one of the world’s most outstanding song interpreters. She has given lieder recitals in all the world’s major halls and music centres. She has also recorded an extensive repertoire of songs by Hugo Wolf, Franz Schubert, Robert Schumann, Richard Strauss and French composers.
Felicity Lott holds numerous honorary doctorates. In 1996 Queen Elizabeth II awarded her the title “Dame of the British Empire”. Two years earlier, she was awarded the title “Chevalier dans l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres” by the French government and in 2001 was knighted by the French Legion of Honour. Felicity Lott has been a Bavarian chamber singer since 2003. The artist’s most recent award in 2016 was the prize for her life’s work at the “International Classical Music Awards”.