Praised for her “vocal warmth...even line, natural expressiveness” and “glorious instrument,” Iowa native Meagan Brus is quickly establishing herself as a unique and versatile soprano to watch.
Known for her consistently dynamic performances, Ms. Brus’ rising career has included many operatic roles and concerts, both in the United States and abroad. Her 2014/2015 season included concerts in Mexico City, Washington DC, Iowa City, Pennsylvania & NYC including performances of Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915, a performance as soprano soloist in Händel’s Messiah at Bryn Athyn Cathedral in Philadelphia, the role of Frasquita in Carmen with the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre, and the Dandelion Woman in Carson Kievman’s world premiere opera Fairy Tales with the SoBe Institute. Her May 2014 performance of Mr. Kievman’s Fairy Tales prompted Greg Stepanich of the Palm Beach Arts Paper to write, “Brus… was remarkable as the Dandelion Woman. Brus’s performance was a tour de force in every way, with fresh, fierce power in abundant supply, a rock-solid command of an exceedingly difficult part, and an ability to hold onto her audience through some thorny terrain.”
A major proponent of new and modern music, her season also included many performances with her chamber music trio, sTem. Most recently, they gave the NYC premiere of an English arrangement of Schoenberg’s Erwartung, made especially for them. Comfortable both on the operatic stage and in concert, Ms. Brus has been the soprano soloist in Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Haydn’s Harmoniemesse, Bach’s Magnificat and Jesu, Meine Freude, Handel’s Laudate Pueri Dominum and Dixit Dominus, and Alessandro Scarlatti’s opera Venere, Amore e Ragione in Montreal. Ms. Brus has given recitals in numerous places including Japan, Germany, Mexico, and across the United States. Ms. Brus resides in New York City and holds degrees from both the Manhattan School of Music and the Oberlin Conservatory of Music.