2018–19 Season: Clara in It's a Wonderful Life
Making her San Francisco Opera debut as Clara in Jake Heggie's It's a Wonderful Life, American soprano Kearstin Piper Brown recently debuted with Rochester Oratorio Society in Vaughan Williams' Dona Nobis Pacem. She also toured Israel as Bess in Porgy and Bess. Later this season Brown will return as a guest artist with the Chaliapin Festival in Kazan, Russia and with the Rochester Oratorio Society. Next season brings her back to California for Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915 with the San Jose Symphony.
Brown made her debut with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra under conductor Robert Spano in the role of the High Priestess in Aida, and was invited to sing concerts under the auspices of the Lebanon Symphony and Chorus, Cincinnati Opera, and the Finger Lakes Opera Company. In previous seasons she was heard as Violetta (La Traviata) with Utah Lyric Opera, Musetta (La Bohème) with Dayton Opera, Micaëla (Carmen) with Arbor Opera Theater, and Clara in Porgy and Bess at the Teatro di San Carlo in Naples. She has performed Bess at Utah Festival Opera, Opera Kazan, Skylight Music Theatre, Dayton Opera, Virginia Opera, and the Belarusian State Philharmonic Orchestra in Minsk.