Coloratura soprano Megan Brunning is at home with demanding roles such as the Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflöte, Konstanze in Die Entführung aus dem Serail, and Olympia in Les Contes d'Hoffmann. She has also enjoyed performing Norina in Don Pasquale, Adina in L’elisir d’amore, Cunegonde in Candide, and Gilbert & Sullivan damsels Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance and Gianetta in The Gondoliers.
Previous engagements as the Queen of the Night include St. Petersburg Opera, Asheville Lyric Opera, Sugar Creek Opera, and touring educational outreach with Opera for the Young. She has also appeared with Opera New Hampshire, Bard Summerscape, Opera del West, Amore Opera, Opera Company of Brooklyn, Scenic City Opera, The Atlanta Opera, Greensboro Light Opera and Song, Songfest at Colburn, Harrower Summer Opera Workshop, Greek Opera Studio, and the Festival of the Aegean.
In the summer of 2017, Ms. Brunning performed in Gramercy Opera’s The Fairy Queen: "Another highlight was Megan Brunning’s excellent portrayal of Hermia. She stepped in to cover the role at the last minute, but one would have never known that she prepared the character on one day’s notice because of her performance’s subtle finesse." As Konstanze with Capitol City Opera, "Megan Brunning simply owned the night...Her presence in the cast was the most musically valuable of the evening."
Concert appearances as soprano soloist include Mahler’s Resurrection Symphony, Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, Arvo Pärt’s Passio, Bach’s Ein feste burg ist unser Gott, Handel’s Dixit Dominus, Rutter's Mass of the Children, and Mendelssohn's Psalm 42. She can be heard as a soloist with the Cathedral of St. Philip Choir and Schola on the albums Into the House and Gate of Heaven and American Canticle, available through Gothic Records and NAXOS.
As a chorister, Ms. Brunning has performed at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, Symphony Space, Barclays Center, The White House, St. Paul's Cathedral, and Canterbury Cathedral.
When she is not singing, Megan is a master of thrift stores and loves to spend time with family and friends, discover new vegan restaurants, stuff herself with cake and macarons, and play with other people's dogs.