Brittany Renee

Brittany Renee

Soprano

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.  

In the 2021-22 season, Brittany made her Lyric Opera of Chicago début as the leading role of Destiny/Loneliness/Greta in Terence Blanchard and Kasi Lemmon’s Fire Shut Up in My Bones.  Earlier in the season she made her 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!” – (Gabrielle Ferrari, Parterre Box), and “masterfully oozed vocal and physical sensuality.” – (David Salazar, OperaWire)  She also performed Annie in The Metropolitan Opera’s historic production of Gershwin’s Porgy & Bess, which won Best Opera Recording at the 63rd annual Grammy Awards. This past summer saw Ms. Renee join the Metropolitan Opera’s Summer Recital Series in Central Park, as well as a solo recital with the Florentine Opera as part of their Al Fresco Recital Series. 

 

Calendar

Event Date
Jun 20
to
Jun 22
Summer Recital Series
Soloist
The Metropolitan Opera
New York, New York
Event Date
Jul 28
Al Fresco
Soloist
The Florentine Opera
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Event Date
Sep 27
to
Oct 28
Medea
First Lady
The Metropolitan Opera
New York, New York
Event Date
Oct 16
to
Nov 12
Peter Grimes
(First Niece)
The Metropolitan Opera
New York, New York
Event Date
Nov 10
to
Dec 29
Rigoletto
Countess Ceprano
The Metropolitan Opera
New York, New York
Event Date
Jan 10
to
Apr 29
L’Elisir d’Amore
Giannetta
The Metropolitan Opera
New York, New York
Event Date
Apr 10
to
May 13
Champion
Sadie Griffith
The Metropolitan Opera
New York, New York
Event Date
May 5
to
Jun 2
Don Giovanni
(Donna Elvira)
The Metropolitan Opera
New York, New York

Artist Bio

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.  

In the 2021-22 season, Brittany made her Lyric Opera of Chicago début as the leading role of Destiny/Loneliness/Greta in Terence Blanchard and Kasi Lemmon’s Fire Shut Up in My Bones.  Earlier in the season she made her 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!” – (Gabrielle Ferrari, Parterre Box), and “masterfully oozed vocal and physical sensuality.” – (David Salazar, OperaWire)  She also performed Annie in The Metropolitan Opera’s historic production of Gershwin’s Porgy & Bess, which won Best Opera Recording at the 63rd annual Grammy Awards. This past summer saw Ms. Renee join the Metropolitan Opera’s Summer Recital Series in Central Park, as well as a solo recital with the Florentine Opera as part of their Al Fresco Recital Series. 

This season, Brittany will return to The Metropolitan Opera, performing the roles of Sadie Griffith in the new production of Terrance Blanchard’s Champion, Giannetta in L’elisir d’amore, and as Ancella in David McVicar’s new production of Cherubini’s rarely performed masterpiece Medea, which will open the season.  She will also join them for their new production of Don Giovanni, covering Donna Elvira, directed by Tony Award-winning director Ivo van Hove, as well as the opera house’s productions of Rigoletto and Peter Grimes. Upcoming seasons will see Renee’s house debut with the San Francisco Opera in a leading role.

Highlights from her past seasons include her role début as Micaëla in Bizet’s Carmen with Opera Orlando, reprising the role of Bess in Porgy & Bess at the Teatro Regio Torino, and the Soprano Soloist in Handel’s Messiah Sing-In at Lincoln Center presented by the National Chorale.

Despite many cancellations due to COVID-19 Brittany welcomed 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.  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.  

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, Salt Marsh Opera, Piedmont Opera, Chautauqua Opera, Crested 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, 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, guest artist with The Guelph Symphony Orchestra, appearances with the critically acclaimed American Spiritual Ensemble, and a 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 where she also 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. 

Updated July 24, 2022

Video

“Dove sono” – Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro 

“Rejoice Greatly” – Handel’s Messiah

“Er ist’s” – Wolf’s Morike Lieder

“Fix me, Jesus” – Arranged by Uzee Brown, Jr.

“Every Time I Feel the Spirit” – arranged by Robert Morris

Press

"...plush soprano blooms thrillingly on top..." – Opera News

Carmen – "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."

"...more from her please!" – Parterre Box

Fire Shut Up in my Bones – “Brittany Renee as Evelyn offered an uplifting lightness, a lovely, crystalline soprano that was all youthful excitement, more from her please!"

"... oozed vocal and physical sensuality..." – OperaWire

Fire Shut Up in my Bones – "...masterfully oozed vocal and physical sensuality."

"...sang in luminous tones about her own gorgeousness." – South Florida Classical Review

La boheme – “As the beautiful Musetta, Brittany Renee Robinson gave an assured performance that communicated desirability and jealousy without the stock, over-the-top diva gestures that so often accompany this role. In Musetta’s Waltz she caressed an embarrassed waiter and sang in luminous tones about her own gorgeousness."

"...conveyed with regal sorrow..." – Orlando Sentinel

Le nozze di Figaro – “nicely captures the Countess’s sadness, poignant among the frivolity and conveyed with regal sorrow by the excellent Brittany Renee.”