Kearstin Piper Brown


Kearstin Piper Brown

Appears on: George Gershwin: 125th Celebration with the Oregon Symphony

Kearstin Piper Brown has become one of the most sought-after lyric sopranos in the US.

In 2024, she will make her company debuts with the Florida Grand Opera as Nedda in I Pagliacci as well as with the Metropolitan Opera as Evelyn in Fire Shut up in My Bones. She will also perform the world premiere of Two Corners with Finger Lakes Opera in cooperation with Cincinnati Opera. On the concert stage, she will sing with Atlanta and Oregon Symphony.

In 2023, Ms. Brown made her debut at the Lyric Opera of Chicago in the world premiere of The Walkers by Daniel Bernard Roumain, sang Wendy Torrance in Paul Moravec’s The Shining, first with Opera Parallèle in San Francisco and subsequently with Atlanta Opera as well as Micaëla in Carmen with Indianapolis Opera.

In 2022, she resumed performances in the lead role of Esther in Ricky Ian Gordon’s opera Intimate Apparel with Lincoln Center Theater (as part of the joint Metropolitan Opera’s New Works Program), for which she won several awards, including the World Theater Award for “Outstanding Debut Performance in an Off-Broadway Production”. Intimate Apparel is featured on PBS’ Great Performances series.

Other career highlights of her recent past were Musetta and Bess, both with New Orleans Opera, Dorothy Jean Hamer in Chandler Carter’s This Little Light of Mine with Santa Fe Opera as well as Clara in Jake Heggie’s It’s a Wonderful Life with San Francisco Opera, where she also covered Dame Shirley in John Adam’s Girls of the Golden West.

On the concert stage, she performed Nkeiru Okoye’s Songs of Harriet Tubman with the Rochester Philharmonic and premiered Nailah Nombeko’s Fortitude at the Skaneateles Festival. She made her debuts at Carnegie Hall with the Cecilia Chorus of New York, with the National Philharmonic Orchestra in Handel’s The Messiah, and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra in a musical celebration of Juneteenth. She also had resounding successes with recitals dedicated to the music of Black composers at Steven Blier’s New York Festival of Song and the Berkshire Opera Festival.