Erin Brittain, La Fee

  Erin Brittain was born in New York City and grew up on Long Island. She began her formal studies in classical voice at New York University, studying with Dr. Lori McCann. In 2002 she received an Honorable Mention Award in the Associated Music Teachers League Scholarship Competition, and in 2003 she was a Third Place Winner in the NYC NATS Vocal Competition. She recently completed the Masters of Music degree program in voice at the Peabody Institute in the studio of Dr. Stanley Cornett.

 Ms. Brittain has had the opportunity to portray a wide range of  personalities in her performances.  At New York University she was recognized by Opera News for her portrayal of the Bat in L’enfant et Les Sortileges: “Erin Brittain, as the Bat, showed good command of her alternately fragmented and lyrical part, incorporating the hissing of the text with disarming, rapid movements of her eyes.” As a member of the Bel Canto Northwest young artist program, she performed the role of an imposing Diva, Madame Herz in Mozart’s The Impressario. More quirky character roles include an abusive Nursemaid in Street Scene; the dual role of the Dew Fairy/Sandman in Hansel and Gretel with Peabody Outreach Opera; and a manic Nurse in Henry Mollicone’s Hotel Eden at The Baltimore Theater Project; Lola Markham in Gallantry and Laetitia in The Old Maid and the Thief at the Walters Art Museum . She has also appeared in the roles of Lucy in The Telephone, and Anne in A Little Night Music.  Last year, she appeared in Amy Beth Kirsten's Chamber Opera, Ophelia Forever, a split personality study of the tragic heroine from Shakespeare's Hamlet, as the tortured Mad Mermaid, and as Hero in Beatrice et Benedict with Harbor Opera.

Ms. Brittain is also an active recitalist and concert soloist. She has sung new works with the Baltimore Composers' Forum  and was featured in a recital program at the Walters Art Museum entitled "Femme Fatale," exploring the image of women portrayed in art song and opera. In 2006 she made her solo debut with the Handel Choir of Baltimore singing selections from Handel’s Messiah, and in spring 2008 she sang in a performance of St. Matthew's Passion with The Grand Tour Orchestra. That same spring, she sang as an Artist in Residence with the Canton Symphony Orchestra in Ohio, and appeared as ylviane Bogdanovitch in The Merry Widow with Liederkranz Opera. .

 This fall, Erin will return to Harbor Opera in the role of La Fee in Jules Massenet's Cendrillon. Next summer, she will be appearing with the Astoria Symphony performing  Samuel Barber's Knoxville: Summer of 1915.