Performances: Ruby/Woman Sinner in Terence Blanchard’s Fire Shut Up in My Bones at The Metropolitan Opera; Mother in Jeanine Tesori’s Blue at Seattle Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, and the Glimmerglass Festival; title role in Carmen with Opera Orlando and Music Academy of the West; Tanya in Is This America? with Santa Fe Opera; Constance Fletcher in The Mother of Us All with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra; The Late Walk with Decameron Opera Coalition; Letters You Will Not Get and Rachel in the world premiere of Harriet Tubman: When I Crossed That Line to Freedom with American Opera Projects; Apollo y Dafne livestreamed from The Hispanic Museum and Library, North American Premiere; Opera from a Sistah’s Point of View with Opera Birmingham and Cincinnati Opera; Dee Dee Reyes in Hillard and Boresi’s The Last American Hammer with UrbanArias; multiple roles in Augusta Read Thomas’ Sweet Potato Kicks the Sun with the Santa Fe Opera; Hannah Before in Laura Kaminsky’s As One at the Kaufman Music Center with New York City Opera and American Opera Projects; Annie and Strawberry Woman in Porgy and Bess at the Glimmerglass Festival; Giovanna in Rigoletto and Gertrude Stein in Ricky Ian Gordon’s 27 at Michigan Opera Theatre; Flora in La Traviata and Pvt. Stanton in the world premiere of An American Soldier at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis; workshop of Ricky Ian Gordon and Lynn Nottage’s Intimate Apparel and gala performance of Camelot at Lincoln Center Theater; Mercédès in Carmen at Michigan Opera Theatre, El Paso Opera, and Knoxville Opera; Jo in Little Women, Wowkle in La fanciulla del West, and Madeleine Audebert in Silent Night at Michigan Opera Theatre; Play by Play in the world premiere of Bum Phillips: An All-American Opera at LaMama Experimental Theater; Ida in Die Fledermaus at Sarasota Opera; covered the roles of Lucinda in the world premiere of Jennifer Higdon’s Cold Mountain and Countess Ceprano in Rigoletto as an Apprentice Artist with Santa Fe Opera; Mark Medoff’s Gunfighter–A Gulf War Chronicle; Infinite Variety/For Every Passion Something with the Royal Shakespeare Company at the Fringe Festival in Scotland; The Vagina Monologues at Manhattan School of Music; Godspell and Ragtime with the American Musical Theater Ensemble
Appearances: Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with the Madison Symphony Orchestra, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Charlotte Symphony, Santa Fe Opera Digital Winter Concert Tour, I Sing Beijing program at The National Center for the Performing Arts
Broadcasts: Mostly Mozart Festival, WQXR
Recordings: Blue, forthcoming in 2022, The Kennedy Center
Awards: Encore Michigan Award, Best Performance in an Opera, 27; finalist, Lotte Lenya Competition; Lys Symonette Award, The Kurt Weill Foundation for Music
Education: Manhattan School of Music, M.M.; Davidson College, B.A.
Briana Hunter performed with The Orchestra Now on November 13, 14, and 18, 2021.
Bio: October 2021