Her thrilling singing captured both the joy and desperation of her plight.”
Standing head and shoulders above the crowd vocally was Kearstin Piper Brown as a sensuous and beautifully articulated Bess.
Keith Clarke, Musical America
“They were led by a fantastic Bess in Kearstin Piper Brown. She injected real passion and a rich vein of spirituality into her performance, connecting with a compulsively African view of the afterlife as she led the spiritual at the end of the first act. Her physical acting was also among the most convincing, seeming to come most alive when she played the vamp in the red dress at the very beginning and ending of the opera.”
Seen and Heard International, Simon Thompson
Kearstin Piper Brown … proved to be (a) rising talent to watch.
The Cincinnati Enquirer, Janelle Gelfand
“…superbly sung by Ms. Brown, with impeccable note placement and diction. Ms. Brown is gifted with a beautiful voice which she uses with consummate artistic control.”
The Royal Gazette, Bermuda
Kearstin Piper Brown as Bess is set apart from the rest of the cast, smartly dressed in the brightest red velvet. She is a singer of distinction and her rendering of Summertime was the opera’s most touching moment.
The Australian, Graham Strahle, Australia
Kearstin Piper Brown, playing Clara, opens the show with a crystalline rendition of “Summertime” which is so pure and beautiful it is like listening to it for the first time.
Sydney Stage, Rebecca Whitton, Australia
The first song was the wonderful Summertime sung by soprano Kearstin Piper Brown playing Clara. In the final bars the ensemble joined their voices with hers and music and voices joined in a moving crescendo that immediately had the audience in their thrall. Melbourne Stage Online, Jan Chandler, Australia “… outstanding and experienced opera singer… Soprano Kearstin Piper Brown establishes the vocal standard with her haunting opening treatment of Summertime.”
… Kearstin Piper Brown's disaster struck widow Clara is particularly moving, from the first soulwrenching notes of 'Summertime' to her frantic misery in 'Hurricane'.”
BBC Derby, Chris Martin,UK
“… Kearstin Piper Brown sang a thoroughly beautiful and moving Summertime. Ably supported by the entire company, it was soon apparent that the strength of this production lay in its powerful vocal talents.
The Stage Online, Mike Martin, UK
“The power of Kearstin Piper-Brown in Summertime, and her consummate performance overall was excellent.” Liverpool Daily Post, UK
“From the moment the curtain went up, we were gripped by the soulful soprano voice of Kearstin Piper Browns’ Clara singing the ever popular “Summertime.”
This is York, UK
“… Sarah (the rich-voiced Kearstin Piper Brown)…”
Chicago Sun-Times, Hedy Weiss
Kearstin Piper Brown (Coalhouse’s love, Sarah)… act(s) and sing(s) with beauty and style.
Windy City Times, Johnathan, Abarbanel
“Kearstin Piper Brown, a recent graduate of NU's music program, performed the role of Sarah, one of the most inspiring characters in "Ragtime." Her performance as a single mother was moving, as she had to cycle the spectrum of emotions, transforming Sarah from a bitter, betrayed woman to a loving, devoted wife who fights for her husband's honor. Her graceful voice and passion, I'm positive, still echo throughout Cahn.”
“…he shares a very touching and believable chemistry with the beautiful Kearstin Piper Brown. How exciting it would be to see these two great performers in the leads of a Light Opera Works production of Gershwin’s "Porgy and Bess"!” SteadStyle, Chicago
“This regional premiere is a roaring success that sings well with terrific voices from … Kearstin Piper Brown as Sarah.” Chicago Stage Talk