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BRITTANY RENEE

SOPRANO

"...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.

 

Last season saw her role and house début with San Francisco Opera as Julie in Rhiannon Giddens’ and Michael Abels’ Omar and her return to The Metropolitan Opera to sing Destiny/Loneliness/Greta in Terence Blanchard’s Fire Shut Up in My Bones, as well as cover Micaëla in Carmen. She also had the pleasure of honoring Stephen Schwartz in a celebration concert on stage at The MET. She finished the season with a house début with Opera Theatre of St. Louis as Musetta in La Bohème.

 

This season, Ms. Renee brings her much-lauded Musetta to The Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, and to Houston Grand Opera for her house début. She also makes her Washington National Opera début as Bess in Porgy and Bess, joins National Sawdust as Esther in Paula Prestini’s premiere of Silent Light and makes her début with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra as the soprano soloist in Sanctuary Road.

 

In recent seasons, Ms. Renee returned to The MET for her GRAMMY winning performance of Sadie Griffith in a new production of Terrance Blanchard’s Champion, Giannetta in L’elisir D’amore, and Ancella in David McVicar’s new production of Cherubini’s rarely performed Medea. She also joined them for their new production of Don Giovanni, as well as for revivals of Rigoletto and Peter Grimes. She made her Lyric Opera of Chicago début in the leading role of Destiny/Loneliness/Greta in Terence Blanchard and Kasi Lemmons’ Fire Shut Up in My Bones, of which Chicago Classical Review wrote she "…was uniformly excellent from top to bottom.” This followed Ms. Renee’s Metropolitan Opera début as Evelyn in their own production of the instantly beloved opera. Praised by critics, her portrayal as Evelyn "offered an uplifting lightness, a lovely, crystalline soprano that was all youthful excitement - more from her, please!" - (Parterre Box), and "masterfully oozed vocal and physical sensuality" - (OperaWire). In summer 2022, Brittany Renee was heard in The Metropolitan Opera’s Summer Recital Series in Central Park in a solo recital with The Florentine Opera as part of their Al Fresco Recital Series

 

Of her performance as Musetta, Benjamin Torbert of OperaWire said, “ Brittany Renee did exactly what Musetta ought, which is to steal the entire show, at least for an act! Renee flew onstage in a gold-plated gown, and a crimson wrap which she pointedly shed in Marcello’s direction before commencing “Quando me’n vo”... She delivered her hit song with a French vanilla timbre, sass, and sauce."

Highlights of previous seasons include her role début as Micaëla in Carmen with Opera Orlando, the role of Bess in Porgy & Bess at the Teatro Regio Torino, and the soprano soloist in Handel's Messiah at Lincoln Center under the auspices of the National Chorale.

 

Despite myriad cancellations due to COVID-19, Brittany welcomed new and innovative virtual performances. Described by the Wall Street Journal as “an ingenious project,” Ms. Renee 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. In addition, 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, dedicated to the study, preservation, and performance of the Negro Spiritual. She also had the pleasure to add vocals to Terence Blanchard's original film score for The Woman King starring Viola Davis and directed by Gina Prince Bythewood.

 

International débuts have included 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. US appearances have included performances with Opera San Jose, Knoxville Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Chautauqua Opera, Opera Theatre of the Rockies, Crested Butte Music Festival, The Handel Choir of Baltimore, 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, a featured artist with the Wynton Marsalis’ U.S. Tour of the Abyssinian Mass with Chorale Le Chateau and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, appearances with the critically acclaimed American Spiritual Ensemble, guest artist with the American Pops Orchestra, and a tour with the Siena Chamber Orchestra in Italy. A frequent recitalist, Ms. Renee has performed in her hometown at the University of Minnesota’s Monday Guest Artist Recital Series at the Lloyd Ultan Recital Hall where she also had the privilege to conduct her own masterclass with the students. 

 

Brittany Renee has been the recipient of awards including 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. 

"Brittany Renee sings with supple grace and charm." - Observer

 

Portfolio

portfolio

performance highlights

"Will He Like Me" | She Loves Me by Harnock & BockBrittany Renee
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Engagements

engagements

25th Anniversary Celebration Concert

Opera Theatre of the Rockies

August 27th & 29th 2023

Julie | Omar

San Francisco Opera

More Info || Nov 5th-21st 2023

Celebrating Stephen Schwartz Concert

The Metropolitan Opera

December 11th 2023

Destiny/Loneliness/Greta | Fire Shut Up in my Bones

The Metropolitan Opera

April 8th-May 2nd 2024

Musett| La Bohéme

Opera Theatre of Saint Louis

More Info || June 1st-30th 2024

Esther | Silent Light (Premiere)

National Sawdust

 Sept 26th-29th 2024

Musett| La Bohéme

Houston Grand Opera

More Info || Jan 24th - Feb 14th 2025

Musett| La Bohéme

The Metropolitan Opera

More Info || March 5th-March 21st 2025

Soprano Soloist | Sanctuary Road

Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra

More Info || March 29th & 30th 2025

Bess | Porgy & Bess

Washington National Opera

More Info || May 23rd - 2131st 2025

 

Musett| La Bohéme

The San Francisco Opera

More Info || June13th - 21st 2025

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 “Brittany Renee once again shows off a luscious lyric soprano and magnetic presence that promises an exciting career ahead." -Parterre Box

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Vanessa Uzan, Founder/President

850 Seventh Avenue, Suite 1003

New York, NY 10019

212-969-1797

vuzan@uiatalent.com

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