Featured Artist - Andrea Lauren Brown

Studying under the sponsorship of the Austrian-American Society Andrea Lauren Brown was a summer academy prize-winner at the Internationale Sommerakademie of the Universitaet-Mozarteumin Salzburg, Austria in 2002. She won second place at the International Competition of the ARD 2003 in Munich, Germany. A native of Wilmington, Delaware, she studied piano and flute before turning to singing. Andrea Brown holds a Master of Music degree in Voice Pedagogy and Performance from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey and a Bachelor of Music degree from West Chester University, in Pennsylvania, where she graduated summa cum laude.

Andrea Lauren Brown has sung in many of the most important theaters and festivals of Europe, performing both opera and concert repertoire in at least twenty different countries. Her versatile work with renowned conductors such as Rinaldo Alessandrini, Frieder Bernius, Adam Fischer, Martin Haselböck, Thomas Hengelbrock, Christopher Hogwood, Johannes Kalitzke, Kay Johannsen, Christoph Poppen, OlaRudner, Jos van Immerseel, Stefan Vlader and Ralf Weikert shows the special agility with which she sings music from the baroque through bel canto to modern. Her love of Chamber Music and Lied brought her together with Helmut Deutsch, Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Thomas Larcher, Christoph Hammer and Norman Shetler. Extensive work in early music led her to collaborate often with period specialists, including members of the Freiburger Barockorchester, Le Nuove Musiche, the Kammerphilharmonie Karlsruhe, Münchener Kammerorchester,Stuttgarter Kammerorchester, Bremer Philharmoniker, Weser Renaissance, Balthasar-Neumann-Ensemble, Orlando di Lasso Ensemble, La Chapelle Rhénane, Peter Kooji and Sette Voce, Manfredo Kraemer and Pierre Cao.

Recent roles feature a variety of baroque and classical opera including KingArthur, The Fairy Queen, Acis and Galatea, Dido and Aeneas, Didone Abbandonata, Die Äeolsharfe, Die Geisterinsel, La Calisto, Ariadne and Ulysses, later works including “Marzelline”in Fidelio, “Norina” in Don Pasquale and“Simona” in I Hate Mozart. Her concert repertoire includes many baroque pieces, including Monteverdi, J.S. and C.P.E. Bach, Händel, Mozart’s c moll Messe and DavidePenitente, Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis and Ninth Symphony, Haydn’s Il ritorno di Tobia, Die Schöpfungand Jahreszeiten, Mendelssohn’s Paulus, Elias,and Psalm 42, Verdi’s Requiem, Orff’sCarmina Burana, amongst various contemporary world premieres, Brown’s repertoire includes works of Berio, Ligeti and ArvoPärt.

Ms. Brown’snotable discography includes international prize winning CDs such as Thomas Larcher’s Ixxu, Thomas Hengelbrock’s DixitDominus of Händel and Symphonie Sacrae from Schütz. Andrea Brown can be seen on recent DVD release of the world premiere of I Hate Mozart by Bernhard Lang for which she was noted inMusical America for “showing aluscious, radiant soprano” for her delivery of the youngstar “Simona” at Theater an der Wien in Vienna. She received a mention of “radiant soprano” in the BBC Magazine Music Awards for the Carus Label’s release of Mendelssohn’s Magnificat in D under the direction of Frieder Bernius. Andrea Brown has recorded numerous live radio recordings and is featured on the ORF Label in Händel’sAlexander’s Feast, on the Lyrichord Label with Vox Ama Deus performing Exsultate, jubilate of Mozart and Baroque Masterpieces as well as in the role of “Belinda” inDido and Aeneas and Händel’s Judas Maccabæus. In 2001 Naxos released her recording of Schumann’s MyrthenLieder, together with baritone Thomas Bauer and pianist UtaHielscher as well as two Simon Mayr operas, Gioas and Samuele.

2011 will also bring the release of her recording of Handel’s opera Apolloe Daphne. More details can be found at www.andrea-brown.de.