Eudora Brown performed the soprano solo in Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy with the Boston Symphony Orchestra for the Tanglewood 75th Anniversary Celebration with Maestro David Zinman, conductor, and Peter Serkin, pianist. The gala concert was televised and broadcast on PBS’s Great Performances. Other recent performances include the soprano solos in Beethoven’s Mass in C with Washington DC’s Choralis, and Bob Chilcott’s Requiem, Mr. Chilcott conducting.
Previously a mezzo-soprano, Ms. Brown made her professional debut on short notice as Beatrice in Santa Fe Opera’s production of Beatrice and Benedict, conducted by Kenneth Montgomery. She assumed the role at the dress rehearsal and performed the run to standing ovations and sold-out performances. Ms. Brown has also appeared with The Dallas Opera, first as Nicklausse and the Muse in Les Contes d’Hoffman and later as the Page in Salome, both under the direction of Graeme Jenkins. She performed the roles of Carmen, Dorabella, Prince Orlofsky, Octavian and Maddalena in Rigoletto from opera excerpts in Orvieto’s Teatro Mancinelli, Pallazzo dei Sette, and in Porto Ercole, broadcast by RAI television. Other roles included Cherubino, Mrs. Herring, The Mezzo-soprano in Argento's Postcard from Moracco, Maria Cleofe in Handel's La Resurrezione with Jane Glover at Chicago Opera Theater, Narciso and Giunone in Agrippina with Martin Perlman and Boston Baroque, the title role in Handel's Solomon, Othniel in Handel's Joshua, Zulma in L'Italiana in Algeri with Boston Lyric Opera, and Isaura in Mercadante's Il Giuramento with Antony Walker and The Washington Concert Opera. She created the role of Barbara in Robert Ward’s Roman Fever.
During the past season, she has re-emerged as full lyric-spinto soprano ideally suited for roles such as Tosca, Desdemona in Otello, Strauss’ Salome, Elsa in Lohengrin. Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, etc. Last autumn, she sang Liu in Turandot in Hong Kong and, this past fall, sang Irene in Rienzi for the National Philharmonic.
A three- time Vocal Fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center, she performed The Cat and The Squirrel in Ravel’s L’Enfant et Les Sortileges, with obert Spano, and Phædrus in Satie’s Socrate. Her Tanglewood triumph was the U.S. première of Jo Kondo’s Japanese opera Hagoromo. Equally comfortable on the concert stage, Ms. Brown performed the mezzo-soprano solo in Verdi’s Requiem with the Concert Artists of Baltimore and in Paul Paray’s Mass at the National Cathedral. Other mezzo-soprano soloist work includes Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis, Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, Handel’s Messiah, Bach’s Cantata No. 45 with Seiji Ozawa, Saariaho’s Chateau de L’Ame with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Robert Spano, Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen with the Boston Chamber Music Society, Mahler’s “Urlicht”, and George Crumb’s Ancient Voices of Children.