Courtney Miller

Courtney Miller

Lyric Mezzo-Soprano

2016: Meg LITTLE WOMEN - Madison Opera, Cherubino LE NOZZE DI FIGARO, The Wind THE WITCHES OF VENICE (Glass) - Saratoga Opera
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«Courtney Miller, the Cherubino, looked endearingly gangly and sang with fluent musicality.»
- David Shengold, OPERA NEWS (October 2016) (2017)
«"Courtney Miller was the most impressive Suzuki this writer has heard in many years."»
- John Paul Keeler, Columbia Greene Media (August 2014) (2017)
«"Courtney Miller brought...much dramatic presence, and her diction, not often so accomplished in young singers, made the language ring clear."»
- Susan Gailbraith, DCTheatreScene.com (July 25, 2014) (2017)
2017Tchaikovsky: Eugene OneginPrincess Olga
2016Mozart: Le nozze di FigaroCherubino
2016Bizet: CarmenMercédès
2016Adamo: Little WomenMeg March
2015Verdi: La TraviataFlora Bervoix
2014Strauss R.: Ariadne auf NaxosDryade
2014Strauss R.: Ariadne auf NaxosDer Komponist
2013Mozart: Die ZauberflöteZweite Dame (Second Lady)
2013Verdi: FalstaffMrs Meg Page

Bio




Award winning Mezzo-Soprano Courtney Miller is the 2013 winner of the National Federation of Music Clubs’ Young Artist Competition in Women’s Voice and First Place winner of the American Prize in Art Song.  

A New England Regional Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera Auditions, Ms. Miller has twice been the recipient of the Rislov Foundation Award for her "excellence and promise as a classical musician," won second place at the 2015 Lois Alba Aria Competition, and is a current Career Bridges Encouragement Grant recipient.  She is the 2016 winner for the Concorso Lirico Internazionale "Anita Cerquetti."
During the 2015-16 season, Ms. 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 LOVE.  The summer of 2016 she performed Cherubino in LE NOZZE DI FIGARO and The Wind in THE WITCHES OF VENICE at Opera Saratoga.  She joins Florida Grand Opera as a Young Artist for the 2016-17 season singing Mercédès in CARMEN and Olga in EUGENE ONEGIN. 

During the 2014-15 season at Virginia Opera, Ms. Miller sang Cousin Hebe in HMS PINAFORE, Page in SALOME, Flora in LA TRAVIATA, and covered the Beggar Woman in SWEENEY TODD.  During Virginia Opera’s 2013-14 season, Ms. Miller sang Meg Page in FALSTAFF, Second Lady in THE MAGIC FLUTE, Dryade in ARIADNE AUF NAXOS while covering the Composer, and Mercédès in CARMEN.   Ms. Miller was a Young Artist with Glimmerglass Festival in 2014.  She sang Suzuki in MADAME BUTTERFLY, and covered Elizabeth Griffiths in AN AMERICAN TRAGEDY, and the Composer in ARIADNE IN NAXOS.  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 as well as in multiple concerts with orchestra.

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).  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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CV & Repertoire

Musical Work Role Jump-in ready? Company Year
Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin Princess Olga Florida Grand Opera (Miami 2017
Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro Cherubino Immediately Opera Saratoga (Lake George) 2016
Bizet: Carmen Mercédès 1 Day Florida Grand Opera (Miami 2016
Adamo: Little Women Meg March Immediately Madison Opera 2016
Verdi: La Traviata Flora Bervoix Immediately Virginia Opera (Norfolk) 2015

Awards

National FeDeration of Music Clubs - First Place
2017