American mezzo soprano Cristy Lynn Brown has had an extensive singing career on both the opera and concert stage. 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. She 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, and she has performed throughout North Carolina singing with most of the major Symphonies and Choral Societies. Most recently she has turned her focus on recital repertoire. She has worked with the art song and opera composer Lori Laitman, and has sung the world premier of composer Steven Landis’s Songs of Love and Immolation, the premier of composer Samuel Taylor’s Emily Dickinson Songs. She has performed in numerous concerts and performances in the prestigious Sandresky Series at Salem College, and has appeared in The Magnolia Baroque Festival at Home Moravian Church in Winston-Salem.
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 BM at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts as well as an Artist Diploma. At the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music she studied with world-renowned soprano Virginia Zeani, and Metropolitan Opera Soprano Martina Arroyo. Ms. Brown received her MM in Vocal Performance from The University of North Carolina-Greensboro and is currently pursuing her DMA in Vocal Performance there. She is a well-respected voice teacher and is a member of the National Association Teachers of Singing, the North Carolina Chapter of NATS as well as the Mid-Atlantic Regional NATS. Ms. Brown has previously taught voice at Indiana University, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts School of Drama, the UNCSA Community Music School, and was the Director of the UNCSA Summer Vocal Workshop for 10 years. From 2010 she has been the Instructor of Voice, and she also served three years as the Associate Director of the School of Music at historical Salem College, in Winston Salem, North Carolina, which is the oldest liberal arts college for women in the United States.