"Mandy Brown’s lovely, bell-like lyric soprano and charming stage presence were completely winning."
- The Chautauquan Daily
Proclaimed “consistently impressive” by DC Theater Scene and “completely winning” by the Chautauquan Daily, Mandy Brown is a soprano who is sure to charm. Her performances have brought her praise for her rich warm voice and refreshing honesty in her dramatic interpretations. She is passionate about operatic and concert work, as well as an avid recitalist and a sought out performer of new works.
Ms. Brown’s 2019/2020 season begins with Mandy competing as a semi-finalist for the Partner For The Arts Vocal Competition. She will make her debut as soprano soloist in Handel’s Messiah with the Music In McLean Concert Series with maestro Thomas Colohan and makes her debut with The Chesapeake Chorale as the soprano soloist in Durante’s Magnificat. In addition, Mandy will be premiering several new compositions by Sharon Shafer.
During her 2018/2019 season, Mandy made her debut with the National Symphony Orchestra’s Summer Music Institute as the soprano soloist in Maher’s Symphony No.4 under the baton of Abel Periera at The Kennedy Center. Also at The Kennedy Center, Ms. Brown was awarded second place in the prestigious Washington International Competition for voice following a concert of opera arias presented by the finalists, performed with the Washington Chamber Orchestra. She was awarded an Encouragement Award as a finalist in the Annapolis Vocal Competition. As an advocate for new work, she gave the world premiere of six new pieces by composer, Steven Schwarz. She also brought her recital, The Shakespearience: Lyrical Lines and Leading Ladies to Washington D.C. as a part of the Citizen Heights Concert Series.
For her 2017/2018 season, Ms. Brown returned to the Palmerton Area Public Library Recital Series with her program, The Shakespearience: Lyrical Lines & Leading Ladies, which features arias and art song showcasing famous Shakespearian characters and poetry. Mandy continued to enjoy concert and chamber performances this season. She was featured again with Grammy-nominated Inscape Chamber Orchestra, performing Hindemith’s Die Junge Magd, Golijov's Tenebrae, and Mahler's Symphony No.4. Ms.Brown made her debut with the New Dominion Chorale as a soloist in Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, as well as her debut with the MCCC Chorus & Orchestra as the soprano soloist for Rutter’s Magnificat, and debuted with the National Men's Chorus on their Holiday Concert, Masters In This Hall.
Previous operatic highlights include Barbarina/Le nozze di Figaro with Washington National Opera, Charlene/Service Provider and Pizza Queen/20 Minutes or Less with Washington National Opera’s American Opera Initiative, Nannetta/Falstaff with Chautauqua Opera, Lady With A Hand Mirror/ Postcard From Morocco, Love Simpson/Cold Sassy Tree, the title role in Amelia al Ballo, Camilla Pocket/ Miss Havisham’s Fire, Rose Maurrant/ Street Scene, Despina/ Cosi fan Tutte, Beth March/ Little Women, Soeur Constance/ Les Dialogues des Carmélites, Madame Silberklang/ The Impresario, and La Princesse/ L’Enfant et les Sortilèges.
Previous concert work highlights include her recital program, Dances, Ditties, Ballads & Rags at The Kennedy Center, Mahler’s Symphony No.4 and Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915 with Gourmet Symphony, As Sudden Shut by Anna Clyne with The Kennedy Center Jukebox Series, soprano soloist in Verdi’s Requiem and soprano soloist in Mozart’s Requiem with the Washington Summer Sings, soprano soloist for Mozart’s Krönungsmesse, and Adolphe’s He Disappeared into Complete Silence.
In 2019, She was the second place winner in the prestigious Washington International Competition and the winner of the Patricia A. Edwards Encouragement Award at the 31st Annapolis Opera Vocal Competition. Mandy has been a Regional Finalist in the Metropolitan National Council Auditions in 2017, 2015, 2014 and 2013. She was also a Demi-Finalist at the 25mme International Concours de Chant at the Centre Lyrique in Clermont-Ferrand, France in 2017. Other awards include placing second at the 2015 Carolyn Bailey & Dominick Argento Vocal Competition, second place in the 2014 Young Artist Performance NATSAA Mid Atlantic Regionals, the winner of the 2013 Chautauqua Opera Apprentice Artist Encouragement Award, and was a Koch Cultural Trust grant recipient 2008 and 2009. She received her Master’s Degree in Opera Performance from the University of Maryland and her Bachelor’s Degree in Vocal Performance from Wichita State University.