Born in California to parents who loved to read, Luthien Brackett was named after a character in J.R.R. Tolkien's legendarium. Praised by the press for her “easy, appealing alto” and “silky tone among all registers,” she specializes in music of the Renaissance and Baroque periods. Luthien appears regularly with distinguished professional vocal ensembles including The Choir of Trinity Wall Street, TENET, The Clarion Society, and Seraphic Fire. Recent solo appearances include Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with the Baldwin-Wallace Bach Festival and Handel’s Messiah with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra. Among her numerous commercial recordings are two GRAMMY-nominated albums: Handel’s Israel in Egypt (Musica Omnia) and Julia Wolfe’s Anthracite Fields(Cantaloupe). She lives in Brooklyn with her incorrigible cats, Bella and Bartok.