"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. In addition to her performance career, Mandy maintains an active teaching studio as well as conducting a local community chorus in Washington D.C., Second Wind Chorus.
Brown’s 2023-2024 season commences with an international collaboration & workshop of contemporary Irish Art Song with Irish composer, Fiona Linnane in Ballyvaughan, Ireland. Works by Linnane will be scheduled for a US performance in the 2024 year. In October, Mandy has the joy of performing with one of her favorite ensembles, the Grammy nominated Inscape Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Richard Scerbo. Together they will be presenting Quatre Instants by Saariaho. Also this autumn, Mandy will be performing the soprano solos in Poulenc's Gloria with Montgomery College and then performing as a soloist with Baltimore Musicales on their program, Phenomenal Women. In February, Ms.Brown will be performing the soprano solos in Mozart's Requiem with Alexandria Symphony Orchestra under the baton of maestro James Ross. The season will finish with performances of chamber trios with clarinetist, Albert Hunt, and longtime colleague pianist, Patrick O'Donnell.
Mandy is known for her performances of Mozart and contemporary English opera roles. She has performed with companies such as Washington National Opera, Baltimore Concert Opera, Chautauqua Opera, Washington Concert Opera, and Opera Kansas. Her operatic highlights include Barbarina/ Le nozze di Figaro with Washington National Opera, creating the role of Charlene/ Service Provider with Washington National Opera’s American Opera Initiative, Nannetta/Falstaff with Chautauqua Opera, Love Simpson/ Cold Sassy Tree, Lady With A Hand Mirror/ Postcard From Morocco, the title role in Amelia al Ballo, 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.
Ms. Brown is a sought-out soloist for concert work. She has performed with ensembles such as the National Symphony Orchestra’s Summer Music Institute, the Grammy-nominated Inscape Chamber Orchestra, Gourmet Symphony, the Kennedy Center Jukebox, the Washington Chamber Orchestra, the National Orchestral Institute & Festival, the New Dominion Chorale, the National Men’s Chorus, the Choral Arts Society of Washington, the NIH Community Chorus & Orchestra, the Chesapeake Chorale, the Ensemble da Camera of Washington, the McLean Youth Symphony Orchestra, the Friendship Heights Symphonette, and the Washington Summer Sings. Mandy is a favorite for her interpretation of Mahler’s Symphony No.4, and has performed it with the National Symphony Orchestra’s Summer Music Institute, Gourmet Symphony, and Inscape Chamber Orchestra. Her other concert work highlights include Barber/ Knoxville: Summer of 1915, Handel/ The Messiah, Hindemith/ Die Junge Magd, Verdi/ Requiem, Mozart/ Requiem, Mozart/ Krönungsmesse, Adolphe/ He Disappeared into Complete Silence, Golijov/ Tenebrae, Stravinsky/ Three Japanese Lyrics, Clyne/ As Sudden Shut, Sparr/ That Which Joy Alone Can Give, Bernstein/ Chichester Psalms, Bach/ Coffee Cantata, Rutter/ Magnificat, and Durante/ Magnificat.
Mandy is an ardent lover of art song repertoire and has a passion for recital program curation. Specializing in themed programing, Brown has curated over 15 different full-length programs, with a variety of instrumentation, and has had her programs procured by Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center and has toured her programs in the Mid-West and Mid-Atlantic regions of the United States. Recently, she has also been added to the roster of Baltimore Musicales, an organization specializing in art song performance. During the pandemic, Mandy created a new style of online concert series, “Sips, Snacks, & Songs”, which is a themed bite-sized concert that is paired with either a “sip” or a “snack” tutorial. The series is in its second year and features, on average, one new concert each month.
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.
In addition to her performance career, Mandy maintains an active teaching studio in the Washington D.C. metro area. With 2021 marking her 19th year of teaching, she uses her musical knowledge and performance background to expertly craft customized lessons for each of her students based on their specific needs and musical goals. Several of her private students have performed at venues such as the Music Center at Strathmore, the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, and the Kennedy Center. In alignment to her firm belief that music is there to enrich one’s life at any stage or age, she was the music director for a local community choir, Second Wind Chorus, from 2015-2022. Mandy offers online private instruction for voice, piano, and harp. She is happy to work in a variety of musical styles and welcomes students of all ages and abilities.
Ms.Brown 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. In addition, she participated in Chautauqua Opera and Opera in the Ozarks' young artist programs.