Renowned for the floating, golden-hued quality of her voice, celebrated Canadian soprano Donna Brown performs on the world’s greatest opera and concert stages, working with such distinguished conductors as Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Helmuth Rilling, Carlo Maria Giulini, and Bernard Haitink. She has received critical acclaim for her many operatic roles, including that of Chimène in the world premiere creation of Debussy’s unfinished opera Rodrigue et Chimène – performed for the opening of the renovated Opera de Lyon. Ms Brown has also given over a hundred recitals with such pianists as Roger Vignolles, Stephane Lemelin, Philippe Cassard and Philippe Bianconi.
She has made many recordings, among them Rodrigue et Chimène – opera by Debussy/Denisov, with Kent Nagano conducting, and Gitanjali for soprano and orchestra, written for Donna Brown by R. Murray Schafer, with Mario Bernardi conducting. Ms Brown has been filmed for television in Europe, Canada and Japan, and in 2005 France Musique recorded a three-hour program about the artist which consisted of a live interview and a live performance in which she sang with Philippe Cassard at the piano.
2007/2008 highlights include: recitals with Philippe Cassard in several French festivals; the Brahms’ Requiem in Nova Scotia and Vancouver; Schubert Lieder Orchestrated, with Orchester Nurenburg; Schubert recitals at La Folle Journée de Nantes, France; Bachianas Brasilieras with the Calgary Philharmonic; R. Murray Schafer’s Gitanjali with the National Arts Centre Orchestra and concerts with Duo Brazil in France, Canada and Guadeloupe. Ms Brown has also been invited by the Yonsei University, in Seoul, for a week of teaching.