Kearstin Piper Brown, praised for her “thrilling singing” (Opera Now), and recognized as “a rising talent to watch” back in 2007 (The Cincinnati Enquirer) has become one of the most sought-after lyric sopranos in the US.
In 2023, she made her debut at the Lyric Opera of Chicago in the world premiere of The Walkers by Daniel Bernard Roumain, and sang Wendy Torrance in The Shining by Paul Moravec with Opera Parallèle. Later this season, she will reprise Wendy Torrance with Opera Atlanta and also make her company debut with Indianapolis Opera as Micaëla in Carmen. In 2024, she will make her debut with Florida Grand Opera as Nedda.
In 2022, she resumed performances in the lead role of Esther in Ricky Ian Gordon’s opera Intimate Apparel with Lincoln Center Theater (as part of the joint Metropolitan Opera’s New Works Program), for which she won several awards, including the World Theater Award for “Outstanding Debut Performance in an Off-Broadway Production”. Intimate Apparel has been filmed to be featured on the PBS’ Great Performances series.
Other career highlights of her recent past were Musetta and Bess, both with New Orleans Opera, Dorothy Jean Hamer in Chandler Carter’s This Little Light of Mine with Santa Fe Opera as well as Clara in Jake Heggie’s It’s a Wonderful Life with San Francisco Opera.
Ms. Brown has performed her signature role Bess with numerous companies such as Utah Festival Opera, Opera Kazan, Skylight Music Theatre, Dayton Opera, Virginia Opera, and the Belarusian Philharmonic Orchestra Minsk. In addition, the European Porgy and Bess tour of the New York Harlem Productions brought her Bess to such prestigious venues as the Staatsoper Hamburg, the Semperoper Dresden, the Deutsche Oper am Rhein, and the Komische Oper Berlin. Another important touring production of the Gershwin classic was with Cape Town Opera, where she premiered the role in 2009 and subsequently went on tour to the Edinburgh Festival, the Royal Festival Hall London, and the Israeli Opera.
On the concert stage, Kearstin Piper Brown has had resounding successes with repertoire often dedicated to the music of Black composers. Most recently, she performed with the Rochester Philharmonic, the Dallas Symphony, the National Philharmonic as well as with Steven Blier’s New York Festival of Song, the Berkshire Opera Festival, the Skaneateles Festival, and the Cecilia Chorus of New York at Carnegie Hall.
Upcoming are her returns to the Rochester Philharmonic and the Atlanta Symphony as well as her debut with the Oregon Symphony.