Lutzie (Lucia Opalka), is a 16-year-old pianist-singer-songwriter from Bainbridge Island, a small-town outpost near Seattle, Washington. Lucia began studying piano when she was four and immediately began composing and singing. Her precociousness was encouraged with weekly opportunities to perform her originals along with classical repertoire pieces. She took the stage wherever she could, from music cafes and open-mic nights to local senior centers and private parties, and in 2015 began accessing the larger world of musical mentors and peers through the Seattle Theatre Group’s Songwriters’ Lab. In 2016 and 2017 she performed her originals for VIP theatre-goers to Beautiful: the Carole King Story and was twice spotlighted as part of Up Next, the emerging artist performance series co-sponsored by Seattle Theatre Group and Starbucks.
In 2018 at a Seattle Cornish Institute performance workshop, instructor Andrew Vait, renowned Seattle musician and producer (SISTERS, LIttle Wins), noticed Lucia’s songwriting and performing skills. With his mentorship and partnership as producer, and collaborating with Jessica Dobson (Deep Sea Divers, Beck, The Shins) on bass and percussionist Sean Lane (Pedro the Lion, Perfume Genius, Yppah), the first-ever Lutzie project took shape. Three resulting singles are dropping the summer and fall of 2019.