Biography



Praised for her “magnanimous tonal range and physical presence” and “excellent sense of comic timing,” mezzo-soprano Courtney Miller is equally at home in opera as she is in musical theater, art song, and oratorio.  During the 2015-16 season, mezzo-soprano Courtney Miller made her Michigan Opera Theatre debut as Hannah in THE PASSENGER, Madison Opera debut as Meg in LITTLE WOMEN, and Odyssey Opera debut singing Mrs. Ford in SIR JOHN IN LOVELast summer at Opera Saratoga, she sang Cherubino in LE NOZZE DI FIGARO and The Wind in Philip Glass’s opera ballet THE WITCHES OF VENICE.  

 

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During the 2016-17, as a Florida Grand Opera Young Artist, she sings Olga in EUGENE ONEGIN and Mercédès in CARMEN.  As a Virginia Opera Emerging Artist 2013-15 Ms. Miller sang Meg Page in FALSTAFF, Second Lady in THE MAGIC FLUTE, Mercédès in CARMENDryade in ARIADNE AUF NAXOS while covering the Composer, Cousin Hebe in HMS PINAFORE Page in SALOME, Flora in LA TRAVIATAand covered the Beggar Woman in SWEENEY TODD.  Ms. Miller was a Young Artist with Glimmerglass Festival in 2014 where she sang Suzuki in the Young Artist performance of MADAME BUTTERFLY.  Additionally, she covered the Composer in ARIADNE AUF NAXOS and Elizabeth Griffiths in AN AMERICAN TRAGEDY.  In the spring of 2013, Ms. Miller sang the role of Sister Helen in the successful New England premier of DEAD MAN WALKING.  After a rewarding summer as a Studio Artist with Chautauqua Opera in 2011, Ms. Miller returned as an Apprentice Artist in 2012, singing the role of Alisa in LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR and Maddalena in a concert version of RIGOLETTO with the Chautauqua Symphony.

 

Ms. Miller is an avid recitalist and has been praised for "possessing a delicacy and diction very appealing, and the strength to bring it home" (The Chautauquan Daily) singing selections from Canteloube's Chants d’Auvergne with the Chautauqua Symphony.  She performed Ravel’s Shéhérazade with the Brevard Sinfonia in 2015.  Other concert credits include the alto soloist in Beethoven's Choral Fantasy with the Chicago Bar Association Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, alto soloist in Hadyn’s Schöpfungsmesse with the Concord Chorale, the alto soloist in Bach’s Mass in C Minor with The Boston Conservatory, and guest soloist for Two Dowland Laments with Hemenway Strings. 

 

While studying at The Boston Conservatory, she starred in a Ravel double-bill as the title role in L'ENFANT ET LES SORTILEGES and Concepción in L'HEURE ESPAGNOLE.  Susan Miron of The Arts Fuse wrote, “The role of Concepción is a marvelous piece of work, seemingly made to be sung by Courtney Miller, who was hilarious fanning herself while keeping three men on her seductive string as her husband was out regulating the municipal clocks.” Additional career highlights include Romeo in I CAPULETI E I MONTECCHI, the Witch in HANSEL AND GRETEL, Nancy in ALBERT HERRING, and the title role in IOLANTHE.  Ms. Miller was applauded for her interpretation of Iolanthe:  "Simply stunning.  Beautiful voice, tall, willowy frame, exceptional dramatic abilities, pretty looks - she had it all.  At each of the two performances I attended, Miss Miller's 'He loves...' gave me chills" (GASBAG Review by Daniel Florip). 

 

Courtney Miller is the 2013 winner of the National Federation of Music Clubs’ Bi-Annual Young Artist Competition in Women’s Voice and First Place winner of the American Prize in Art Song in Women’s Voice.   A New England Regional Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera Auditions, Ms. Miller took second in the 2015 Lois Alba Aria Competition.  In 2016, she won the Concorso Lirico Internazionale "Anita Cerquetti” in Montecosoro, Italy.

 

She has also sung with Boston Lyric Opera, Ohio Light Opera, Seagle Music Colony, and Juventas New Music Ensemble.  A Wisconsin native, Ms. Miller holds degrees from the University of Michigan and the Boston Conservatory.

 

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