Brittany Renee

BRITTANY RENEE

SOPRANO

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Courtney's Stars of  Tomorrow

"...a performance which words can do no justice, Brittany’s crystal clear yet sultry voice produced a sound and spirit that equals her sensual and artistic achievement." - The Gazette

 

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 "Brittany Renee's plush soprano blooms thrillingly on top, especially in her rendition of "Je dis que rien ne m'epouvante," which demonstrates strength rather than fragility." Opera News

Brittany Renee

Hailed for her “luminous tones” and “lush voice,” and praised by Opera News for her “plush soprano bloom,” Grammy Award winning American soprano Brittany Renee is amazing audiences with her finesse and shimmering stage presence.  

 

Upcoming performances from Brittany Renee’s 2021-2022 season includes her debut with the American Pops Orchestra as a guest soloist and her debut at The Metropolitan Opera and Lyric Opera of Chicago in the new Terence Blanchard production, Fire Shut Up in my Bones, as part of the principal roster.

Recently in New York her portrayal as Evelyn in FIRE "offered an uplifting lightness, a lovely, crystalline soprano that was all youthful excitement, more from her please!" - (Gabrielle Ferrari, Parterre Box), and "masterfully oozed vocal and physical sensuality." - (David Salazar, OperaWire

 

Later in the fall she returns to The Metropolitan Opera in their historic production of Gershwin’s Porgy & Bess as Annie, which won Best Opera Recording at the 63rd annual Grammy Awards, as well as debut as the Soprano Soloist at Carnegie Hall in Handel's Messiah with Musica Sacra Chorus & Orchestra, under the baton of Kent Tritle.

 

Highlights from her past season included her role debut as Micaela in Bizet’s Carmen with Opera Orlando and reprising the role of Bess in Porgy & Bess at the Teatro Regio Torino.  Despite many cancellations due to COVID-19 Brittany welcomed the new and innovative virtual performances. Described by the Wall Street Journal as “an ingenious project,” Brittany was blessed to stretch her contemporary wings in the award winning world premiere opera series Tales from a Safe Distance with Decameron Opera. Through her voice she brought to life the illustrated role of BOSS in Resonance Works SourDough: Rise Up.  Later in the fall, in a new partnership with Thomas Hampson, The Hampsong Foundation, Courtney's Stars of Tomorrow, and the streaming platform IDAGIO, She headlined the concert series Feel the Spirit, which is dedicated to the study, preservation, and performance of the Negro Spiritual.  To close out the season she returned once again as the Soprano Soloist in Handel's Messiah Sing-In at Lincoln Center presented by the National Chorale. 

 

Additional international debuts have included her performances at the Semperoper Dresden, The Charles Bronfman Auditorium in Tel Aviv, Israel, the Teatro Petruzzelli in Bari, Italy, The Magnetic Opera Festival in Elba, Italy, and Opera on the Avalon in Canada. Other national appearances have included performances with Opera San JoseKnoxville Opera, Out of the Box Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Salt Marsh Opera, Piedmont Opera, Chautauqua OperaCrested Butte Music Festival, The Handel Choir of Baltimore, Opera Theatre of the Rockies, and the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra.

 

Concert engagements include performances as a guest artist and model representing the designer PYER MOSS at the CFDA Vogue Fashion Gala, collaborator and jazz soloist with the Minneapolis based group VOXSPEX, featured artist with the Wynton Marsalis’ U.S. Tour of the Abyssinian Mass with Chorale Le Chateau and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, guest artist with the The Guelph Symphony Orchestra, appearances with the critically acclaimed American Spiritual Ensemble, and tour with the Siena Chamber Orchestra in Italy. As a frequent recitalist, Brittany has performed in her hometown at the University of Minnesota’s Monday Guest Artist Recital Series at the Lloyd Ultan Recital Hall and had the privilege to conduct her own masterclass with the students. 

 

Brittany’s prestigious awards include, Senior Grand Prize Winner: Young Patronesses of the Opera, Audience Favorite: Harlem Opera Theater Competition, Scholarship Recipient: The Denver Lyric Opera Guild Competition Award, Rosalind Jackson Memorial Award: Crested Butte Music Festival, The Miriam Goodman Award: Chautauqua Opera and Regional Finalist: Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. 

 

Countess Almaviva

"Brittany as the Queen of the Night is a force

of nature. She was fierce with very powerful
delivery in her two difficult arias, and showed

great stage presence."  - Opera Lively

Photo by Brion Price 

 

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Queen of the Night, "Der Holle Rache" | Mozart's Die ZauberfloteBrittany Renee
00:00 / 02:58
Rejoice Greatly | Handel's MessiahBrittany Renee
00:00 / 05:17
"Will He Like Me" | She Loves Me by Harnock & BockBrittany Renee
00:00 / 03:13
 
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VOXSPEX

Icehouse, Minneapolis, MN

More Info || February 5th & 6th 2020

 

Boss & Pam | Tales from a Safe Distance & Sourdough: Rise UP

Decameron Opera & Resonance Works

 More Info || October 9th-December 31st 2020

  

Courtney’s Stars of Tomorrow: Feel the Spirit Concert Series

The Hampsong Foundation & IDAGIO

More Info || Dec 7th-18th 2020

 

Soprano Soloist | Handel's Messiah

National Chorale at Lincoln Center

More Info || Dec 20th 2020

 

Heavenly Opera Concert Series

Knoxville Opera

 More Info || Feb 28th 2021

 

Micaela | Carmen

Opera Orlando

 More Info || April 1st & 3rd 2021

FIGS IPO Launch Party

American Pops Orchestra

May 27th 2021

 

Evelyn Fire Shut Up in my Bones

The Metropolitan Opera

More Info || Sept 27th-Oct 23rd 2021

Annie | Porgy & Bess

The Metropolitan Opera

More Info || Oct 31th-Dec 12th 2021

Soprano Soloist | Handel's Messiah

Musica Sacra at Carnegie Hall

More Info || Dec 21th 2021

Evelyn Fire Shut Up in my Bones

Lyric Opera of Chicago

More Info || March 24th-April 8th 2022

 

 "Brittany Renee's clear but passionate soprano beautifully suited virtuous Micaela, with her thrid-act aria both tortured and luminous." Orlando Sentinel

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