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CRITICAL ACCLAIM
DIE WALKURE

As Sieglinde, the soprano Helena Brown expressed her character’s agitation and

desperation, while producing velvety tones and liquid, effortless high notes.

- David Fleshler, South Florida Classical Review

CRITICAL ACCLAIM
DIE WALKURE 

Alan Held’s Wotan and Helena Brown’s Sieglinde were extravagant displays of

tragic ferocity. 

- Suzanne James, The Sophia News

CRITICAL ACCLAIM
SIEGE OF CALAIS

England’s King Edward III (Edoardo) and Queen Isabella (historically Philippa) are

baritone Michael Hewitt and soprano Helena Brown. Edoardo’s egotistical thirst for blood is tempered and tamed by the regal Isabella, who is compassionate and sensible. Both singers fully inhabit their brief roles, and Ms. Brown’s dusky voice is one of those few that are uniquely and readily identifiable after just a few notes.

- Richard Carter, Blasting News

CRITICAL ACCLAIM
SIEGE OF CALAIS

As Isabella, Queen of England, Helena Brown brought about a beautiful spinto

soprano that showed promise. However, this role, which consists mostly of

recitatives and a final concertato, did not allow Brown to completely show her

talent.

- Francisco Salazar, Operawire

CRITICAL ACCLAIM
SIEGE OF CALAIS

Brown sang impressively with a regal demeanor, whose sympathetic response to the Calais hostages’ appeal for mercy proved to be dramatically persuasive. Brown’s performance made a strong case for the character and suggested that performances that eliminate the Queen are in error.

Opera Warhorses

CRITICAL ACCLAIM
SIEGE OF CALAIS

Brown sang impressively with a regal demeanor, whose sympathetic response to the Calais hostages’ appeal for mercy proved to be dramatically persuasive. Brown’s performance made a strong case for the character and suggested that performances that eliminate the Queen are in error.

Opera Warhorses

CRITICAL ACCLAIM
SIEGE OF CALAIS

Helena Brown’s imperious, generous soprano made a major impact as Queen Isabella.

- James Sohre, Opera Today

CRITICAL ACCLAIM
SIEGE OF CALAIS

...Among the smaller roles, Andres Moreno Garcia displayed a strong tenor as Edmundo, Edward’s general, and Queen Isabella, played by Helena Brown, lent dignity and power to her brief but crucial role.

- Gregory Moojy, Bachtrack

CRITICAL ACCLAIM
THE CRUCIBLE

Helena Brown was an earthy-voiced Rebecca Nurse.

- Opera Teen, Huffington Post

FEATURE
SOUTH PACIFIC

Hollins grad Helena Brown comes back south for 'South Pacific'

CRITICAL ACCLAIM
GENERAL

. . . a very expressive, oaky voice. . . Her voice has a lot of color. She doesn't sound like everybody else.

- Francesca Zambello as quoted in All Ostego

CRITICAL ACCLAIM
GENERAL

...stunningly large round sound...

- Meche Kroop, Voche di Meche

CRITICAL ACCLAIM
THE CRUCIBLE

Helena Brown projected a strong image, beautifully sung, of the heroic Rebecca

Nurse.

- Opera Warhorses

CRITICAL ACCLAIM
SOUTH PACIFIC

...This ill-fated romance is brought about directly and indirectly by another stylistic

pairing in the show’s book, the outrageously irreverent sailor Luther Billis — a tour de force performance by Adam McAllister — and the young girl’s mother, Bloody Mary, performed with exquisite understanding and deft craft by Helena Brown...

- Gordon Marsh, Roanoke Times

CRITICAL ACCLAIM
GENERAL

Helena Brown drew thunderous applause for her rendition of the African-American spiritual, “Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burning.

- Libby Cudmore, All Ostego

CRITICAL ACCLAIM
DON GIOVANNI

As Donna Elvira, the big beautiful sound of Helena Brown was perfect. We have

reviewed her performances many times in the past five or six years and have

sometimes called her a mezzo because there is so much texture in her tone. Her "Mi tradi quell'alma ingrata" was riveting and delivered within the context of Garcia's wife berating her husband for seducing the singer performing Donna Anna.

- Meche Kroop, Voce di Meche

CRITICAL ACCLAIM
THE CRUCIBLE

...Among many fine singing actors, a few highlights: Brian Mulligan’s passionate,

desperate Proctor; Ariana Wehr’s penetrating, scary Abigail; and Helena Brown’s heartfelt Rebecca Nurse...

- Zachary Woolfe, New York Times

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