(Megan Brunning was an excellent Queen of the Night, both her arias, with lightning clean coloratura runs and bombproof top notes, were absolutely impressive.)
(Coloratura soprano Megan Brunning shines as the Queen of the Night
in virtuosic coldness in the highest registers)
Coloratura soprano Megan Brunning's previous engagements as the Queen of the Night include Hamburger Kammeroper, St. Petersburg Opera, Asheville Lyric Opera, Sugar Creek Opera, and touring educational outreach with Opera for the Young. From 2018 to 2020, Megan spread “Der Hölle Rache” throughout the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans as a guest soprano with Princess Cruises. 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.
Additional roles include Konstanze in Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Olympia in Les Contes d'Hoffmann, Norina in Don Pasquale, Adina in L’elisir d’amore, Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Cunegonde in Candide, and Gilbert & Sullivan damsels Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance and Gianetta in The Gondoliers. In 2022, Megan appeared with the Hamburger Kammeroper as the Queen of the Night in a world premiere of Die Zauberflöte zweiter Teil, a Mozart pastiche with libretto by Goethe.
In the summer of 2017, Megan 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 Handel's Messiah, 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, Megan 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.