“If there’s one quality that unites the selections, it’s a sense of urgency, of sounds breaking through from within.”
The New Yorker

"An immersion in experimental vocal music, this is as artist-focused as a festival gets..."
—The New York Times

“…a festival suffused with purpose and ambition.”
—The New York Times

“Across three nights, across nine headliners and manifold guest performers (including frequent calls on the audience to become performers themselves), we were reminded that in order to rise above the static, we need to progress and advocate. We need to become the collective voice of a many-throated choir.”
—National Sawdust’s The Log

“The Resonant Bodies Festival is the paragon of charismatic, diverse, and meaningful programming, and a celebrated staple of the New York new music scene.”
—i care if you listen

"For new-music lovers, Wednesday evening’s performance at Merkin Concert Hall outdid any of those old Pavarotti, Domingo and Carreras three-tenor spectacles. Presented by the indispensable Resonant Bodies Festival, here were the Three Experimental Sopranos, given the freedom to program their own 45-minute sets."
The New York Times

"Buoyed by waves of energy and creativity, this bold and impressive festival will likely continue to sound for years to come."
Seen and Heard International

"The soprano and raconteur Lucy Dhegrae’s third annual festival devoted to new vocal music commences with three indispensable sopranos performing pieces by composers with whom they have long-standing associations..."
The New Yorker

"Among the artists there is refreshing diversity — of race, nationality, gender, style and age — but it never feels like Ms. Dhegrae is merely checking demographic boxes."
The New York Times

"Resonant Bodies fulfills an implicit promise to wow and intrigue, by booking some of the planet’s most creative vocalists and then cutting them loose..."
—Seen and Heard International

"This young but already essential festival of new vocal music spreads its tentacles across town...."
—The New York Times

"It’s an enterprise that wants and deserves to go everywhere, geographically and artistically, letting singers build 45-minute sets, with unpredictable results."
The New York Times

In equal measures intelligent, playful, ambitious and moving the program…illuminated the shape-shifting power of the human voice.”
The New York Times

“Thinking harder about the voice is the aim of the Resonant Bodies Festival, which began just last year and has already made a valuable contribution to the city’s music scene.
The New York Times

"If the word gesamkunstwerk seems hyperbolic, so be it...consistently impressive and entertaining."
—Seen and Heard International

An ambitious festival spanning a vast range of vocal styles […] a choice group of up-and-coming artists in the classical, contemporary, jazz and improv modes.”
—Time Out New York

“Each night [featured] three young singers performing programs of their favorite music. This curatorial freedom gave [the] show a happy zealousness, where the singers’ enthusiasm for their repertoire was contagious.”
—Sequenza 21

"With all due respect to those who play other instruments, it is tempting to say that there is no more versatile tool than the human voice. For the opening night of the Resonant Bodies Festival, director Lucy Dhegrae miraculously brought together three of the 21st century’s most distinctive singers—who may likely never be seen onstage together again—and invited each of them to curate a 45-minute set, resulting in three disparate segments."
—Seen and Heard International

“...today’s most talented young singers, alongside a wide-ranging performance that seamlessly blended classical, avant-garde and indie-folk.”
—Feast of Music

"New-music vocalists, who usually ride shotgun in contemporary-music concerts, have claimed a space all their own with this new concert mini-series."
The New Yorker

"...like a series of small religious services... searching and serious."
The New York Times

"The first Melbourne edition of the Resonant Bodies Festival was an exciting, thought-provoking and diversely programmed concert. Dhegrae, along with Sheldon and Aszodi, must be commended for their artistic vision—providing a rare space for performers to collaborate and take risks with new vocal music."
RealTime Arts (Australia)

"…testing the technical capabilities of singers"... "…radical contemporary vocal experimentation.. is the raison d’etre of the Resonant Bodies Festival."   "Raucous"
—Chicago Tribune

"...exhilarating plunge into the wilder corners of experimental vocal music."  ... "An amazing performance of vocal versatility..."
—Chicago Classical Review

"…a model for a festival that could return year after year and never become predictable." 
Newcity Music (Seth Boustead)

“…its strength in New York is still in the way it can draw together musical scenes in the city that aren’t always connected…All it takes is someone to program a new-music festival that way: in this case, its founder and director, Lucy Dhegrae.”
—The New York Times



2019 NYC

What Does a Singer Do With Full Freedom?, by The New York Times
Goings On About Town: Resonant Bodies Festival, by The New Yorker

2018 NYC

Review: Resonant Bodies Festival Gives Voices Room to Breathe, by The New York Times
In Review: Resonant Bodies Festival, by National Sawdust’s The Log
Resonant Bodies Festival: Paul Pinto, Helga Davis, and Lucy Dhegrae, by I Care If You Listen
Resonant Bodies Festival: Jen Shyu, Nathalie Joachim, and Caroline Shaw, by I Care If You Listen
2018 Resonant Bodies Festival Closing Night, by loose cadences
Goings On About Town: Resonant Bodies Festival, by The New Yorker
Resonant Bodies Festival Highlights, by Thea Soti

2018 Sydney

Preview: Sydney Premiere of Resonant Bodies Festival, an international festival of new vocal music, by Sydney Arts Guide
Preview: Resonant Bodies To Make Australian Premiere In Sydney, by Opera Wire
Resonant Bodies sees adventurous vocalists pushing boundaries of the human voice, by The Sydney Morning Herald

2018 Chicago

Defiantly Undefined: A New Music Festival Flouts Categorization, by Newcity Music
Resonant Bodies Festival to bring array of experimental vocal music to Chicago, by Chicago Classical Review
Vocal virtuosity and imagination open Resonant Bodies Festival, by Chicago Classical Review
Three sopranos take the stage at Resonant Bodies Festival, by Chicago Classical Review
Resonant Bodies Festival, by Chicago Tribune

2017 NYC

Goings On About Town: Resonant Bodies Festival, by The New Yorker
Resonant Bodies Festival: Witness the Process at Roulette, by The New York Times
A Tasting Menu of Yelps and Hums at the Resonant Bodies Festival, by The New York Times
Resonant Bodies Festival, a Summer Camp for Singers, by The New York Times
Singers Curate Themselves in a Vocal Wonderland, by Seen and Heard International

2017 Melbourne

Resonant Bodies in Metropolis New Music Festival, by ArtsHub, Australia
Resonant Bodies: voices matter, by RealTime Arts, Australia

2016 NYC

Resonant Bodies Festival Blends Freedom With Radiance, by The New York Times
Celebrating Innovative Singers in Curatorial Roles, by Seen and Heard International

2015 NYC

Three stellar sopranos open Resonant Bodies Festival with strong, deep music, by New York Classical Review
And Now, the 3 Sopranos, by The New York Times
Clicks, Clunks, Plops, Shrieks, Wails, Gargles and Rasps (and It’s All Song), by The New York Times
A Trio of Adventurers, Exploring the Voice's Outer Regions, by Seen and Heard International
In New Works, The Art of the Voice Reaches a Summit, by Seen and Heard International

2014 NYC

The Power of Song at the Resonant Bodies Festival, by Feast of Music
Voices Unleashed, Paying No Mind to Limits, by The New York Times
Provocative Vocals, Signalling the Future, by Seen and Heard International

2013 NYC

Playing With Acoustic Tension at Entertaining Frequencies, by The New York Times
Two Vocal Tightrope Walkers, by Seen and Heard International
Resonant Bodies Festival September 5-7, by Sequenza 21
Resonant Bodies Festival Wows With Contemporary Vocal Works, by Sybaritic Singer



The Sound Barrier (with Jane Sheldon and Lucy Dhegrae)
New Waves on ABC Classic FM with Stephen Adams (with Jessica Aszodi, Jane Sheldon, and Lucy Dhegrae)