American mezzo soprano Cristy Lynn Brown is active on both the opera and concert stage, and her diverse operatic repertoire spans from the dramatic to the comic. Ms. Brown’s performance as Mme. de Croissy in Dialogues of the Carmelites was praised by Opera News as “exquisitely detailed” and “harrowing.” Opera (London) applauded her voice and acting as “rotund of voice [and] fiercely loyal of demeanour.” Her comic flair has been noted in her performances as the Witch in Hansel and Gretel, Little Buttercup in H.M.S. Pinafore, and the Old Lady in Candide. She has appeared with Chattanooga Symphony and Opera, Dayton Opera, Indianapolis Opera, Opera Roanoke, Opera Carolina, Toledo Opera, Mobile Opera, and has been an audience favorite as the Mother in Piedmont Opera’s past productions of Amahl and the Night Visitors.
Ms. Brown has appeared in concert in the United States and Europe, touring extensively in Germany and France as the alto soloist in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. Her performances of works such as the Verdi Requiem, Mendelssohn-Bartholdy’s Elijah, and Handel’s Messiah have become well known throughout the United States. She has also appeared in concert at the Mozart Bicentennial Festival at Lincoln Center, and has been a frequent soloist in the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, South Carolina. Ms. Brown was highly acclaimed for her performance in Verdi’s Requiem with the Raleigh Master Chorale, and in their performance of Mahler’s Das Klangende Lied. She will be returning to Raleigh this season to sing the as the mezzo soprano soloist in Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis.
Ms. Brown is a two-time winner of the South Carolina District Metropolitan Opera Auditions and an Affiliate Artist’s Talent for America winner. She received her education at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music where she studied with world-renowned soprano Virginia Zeani, and is currently continuing her graduate studies in Vocal Performance at The University of North Carolina–Greensboro. She is an active member of the National Association Teachers of Singing as well as the North Carolina district and Mid Atlantic Regional level. Ms. Brown is the Professor of Voice and Associate Director of the School of Music at historical Salem College, the oldest liberal arts college for women in the United States founded in 1772.