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For Auld Lang Syne and Jake and Gene

November 02, 2019

Kearstin gives a taste of what's to come in Jake Heggie and Gene Sheer's It's a Wonderful Life at San Francisco Opera.

Aria at the KeyBank Rochester Fringe

September 16, 2018

And each of the several times that Brown released the siren from her depths I forgot that I haven't really cared about opera and just sat there, jaw dropped, entirely enthralled. 

San Francisco Opera 2018-19 Season

April 02, 2018

Performances – Oct. 16-Nov. 3.

Jake Heggie’s “It’s a Wonderful Life” will be in town for the holiday season, marking the West Coast premiere of the opera, which bowed in 2016. Moreover, the work will be revised from its original version. The cast includes William Burden, Golda Schultz, Kearstin Piper Brown, Rod Glifry, Joshua Hopkins, and Andriana Chuchman in her company debut. Leonard Foglia directs the production.

Our Earnest Struggle Interview with Kearstin Piper Brown

February 14, 2018

Kearstin Piper Brown, a classically trained soprano featured on the Rochester Oratorio Society's "Frederick Douglass at 200" concert, talks about racial representation and the struggle to transform the classical music industry.

San Francisco Opera debuts at San Quentin

February 12, 2018

Kearstin Piper Brown was another of the SFO’s impressive performers.

World-class San Francisco Opera singers perform at San Quentin State Prison.

December 14, 2017

Pianist Ronny Michael Greenberg, Kenneth Overton, J’Nai Bridges, Kearstin Piper Brown, Andrea Lett, and Soloman Howard answer questions from inmates after a recital at San Quentin State Prison. (Stefan Cohen/San Francisco Opera)

S.F. Opera Sings Its Way Into San Quentin

December 12, 2017

San Francisco Opera with J'Nai Bridges, Soloman Howard, Andrea Lett, Kearstin Piper Brown (pictured), Kenneth Overton (pictured), and Ronny Michael Greenberg (pictured at keyboard) perform a recital for inmates and staff at San Quentin State Prison on November 30, 2017. | Credit: Stefan Cohen/San Francisco Opera

Review of Virginia Opera’s Porgy & Bess

“It was then that the title characters, portrayed by baritone Michael Redding and soprano Kearstin Piper Brown, began the unlikely relationship that is at the center of the story.  With beautiful, full voices, the two singers explored their new love with genuine emotion. As often as the duet “Bess, You Is My Woman Now” is heard, it rarely has such a touching feeling of commitment between the two.”

Porgy and Bess

Kearstin Piper Brown (as Bess) had star power that matched their vocal prowess

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Her thrilling singing captured both the joy and desperation of her plight.”

​Opera Now



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.”

AussieTheatre.com, Australia

… 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.”

Evanston RoundTable

“…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

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