ALAINA BROWN, soprano
SOPRANO, ALAINA BROWN, has been praised for her fine musicianship and exquisite coloratura. She is gained National and International recognition for her interpretation of Handel and Mozart and most recent her dramatic performance of "The Queen of the Night," from The Magic Flute. The Cincinnati Post named her as, “The Young Artist to watch”, following her debut with the Cincinnati Opera as Frasquita in Carmen.
Ms. Brown made her European debut as Mary Stone in a new production of Douglas Moore’s The Devil and Daniel Webster in Palermo, Italy, under the baton of Maestro Danilo Lambordini. She also released her first recording of rare oratorio works under the Bongiovanni label of Rome Italy. Currently, Ms. Brown is a cast member of the International tour of Porgy and Bess and has performed the role of The Strawberry Woman in several opera houses across Europe. Ms. Brown has made several appearances on the Detroit Opera House stage in roles such as: Inez, from Il Trovatore; Lily and The Strawberry Woman from Porgy and Bess; Marianne from Der Rosenkavalier. With the Great Lakes Lyric Opera, Ms. Brown sang the role of Aurora in the premier of William Grant Stills opera A Bayou Legend and the role of Adina in The Elixir of Love as well as Roselinda in Die Fledermaus.
She has been a guest soloist with The Dallas Symphony, Maestro Leslie Dunner; The Rackham Symphony Choir, Maestra Suzanne Mallare Acton; The Orchestra Filarmonica Siciliana Palermo Italy, Maestro Fabio Cuilla; The Festival Orchestra Graz, Austria and the Macomb Symphony to name a few. Ms. Brown is a frequent Soprano Soloist for Handel’s Messiah with Maestro Dr. Robert Harris of Northwestern University. She is also the winner of several awards including, The William Warfield Scholarship Rochester, New York; The Der Meistersinger Award for Opera Achievement Graz Austria and the Fondizione di Teatro Massimo Diploma of Opera Performance, Palermo Italy.
In addition to her many vocal credits Ms. Brown made her stage-directing debut of The Wiz in 2006 for the Performing Vocal Arts Center in Santa Barbara California. She has also been Assistant Director for the Michigan Opera Theater’s Learning at the Opera House Opera Workshop for ten consecutive summers. Ms. Brown also made her main stage-directing debut with the Michigan Opera Theaters Children’s Chorus production of The Maker of Illusions.