Known for riveting operatic and concert performances over the past thirty years, Leah Brown’s dramatic mezzo could be heard most recently singing the roles of Giovanna in Opera Vivente’s Rigoletto, Monisha in an MSU production of Treemonisha and appearing in UConn Opera Theater productions as Baba in The Medium and Tituba in The Crucible. In 2005 she debuted the role of “Sarah”, Jefferson’s mistress, in a new opera, Jefferson and Poe, composed by Damon Ferrante that received very favorable reviews in Baltimore and New York. She recently appeared as the Alto soloist in Mendelsohn’s Elijah in Jamaica.
Dr. Brown graduated summa cum laude from Talladega College and subsequently received an MA from Morgan State University and a DMA from the University of Connecticut. Her research interests include the musics of African derived religions in the Caribbean and their use in ritual healing. She has presented papers at College Music Society National Conferences; “Earthtones: Exploring Cultures through Song”, 2012 (Co-presenter: Dr. Mary Ellen Junda) and “The Healing Songs of the Orisa of Trinidad and Tobago”, 2010. Dr Brown is currently the Head of Voice and teaches Ethnomusicology at the Academy for the Performing Arts at the University of Trinidad and Tobago where she is also the Programme Leader for the Artist Diploma in Music Performance.