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Fran Randall Concert Series

Naomi Brigell


Sarah Jenks 

piano accompaniment

November 17, 1:30pm


“L'amour est un oiseau rebelle” from Carmen by Georges Bizet


“Banalités” by Francis Poulenc

  1. Chanson d’Orkenise

  2. Hôtel

  3. Fagnes de Wallonie

  4. Voyage à Paris

  5. Sanglots


“Cara sposa” from Rinaldo by G. F. Handel


Literary Women set:

  1. “Ophelia-Lieder” by Johannes Brahms

    • Wie erkenn ich dein Treulieb

    • Sein Leichenhemd weiss

    • Auf morgen ist Sankt Valentins Tag

    • Sie trugen ihn auf der Bahre bloss

    • Und kommt er nicht mehr zurück?

  2. “Goodby, Goodby World” by Lee Hoiby 

  3. “Mignon (Kennst du das Land)” from Goethe-Lieder by Hugo Wolf 

“Cruda sorte!” from L'Italiana in Algeri by Gioachino Rossini

About the Musicians

Naomi Brigell

Naomi Brigell, mezzo-soprano, is quickly gaining recognition as an “expressive, athletic and strong-voiced” presence on the operatic stage. (Naples Daily News). Most recently, Naomi was seen as Edith in The Pirates of Penzance with Nashville Opera and Baroness Nica in Charlie Parker’s Yardbird with Dayton Opera. As a two-time apprentice artist at Des Moines Metro Opera, Naomi was seen on the mainstage as Mustardseed in A Midsummer Night's Dream and Third Wood Sprite in Rusalka. Her three seasons as a Festival Artist with Opera Saratoga included singing the role of Pedrillo in Telemann's Don Quichotte at Comacho's Wedding and covering the role of Hänsel in Hänsel und Gretel. As a resident artist with Opera Naples in 2018, Naomi performed the roles of Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro and Giannetta in L'elisir d'amore. In 2017, Brigell made her professional operatic debut as Dritte Dame in Die Zauberflöte with Opera in the Heights and returned to the company in 2022 to perform the role of Olga in Eugene Onegin.

As an advocate for contemporary opera, Naomi Brigell has taken part in workshops and world premiere performances with Des Moines Metro Opera, Chicago Fringe Opera, the Decameron Opera Coalition, Thompson Street Opera, and Chicago Opera Theater. Equally at home on the concert stage, Brigell has appeared as a guest soloist with the Dayton Philharmonic, Palm Beach Symphony, Bach Collegium Fort Wayne, and the Salt Creek Song Festival.
Accolades include first place in the Southern Illinois Young Artist Association Vocal Competition, the grand prize in the Kristin Lewis Foundation Vocal Scholarship Competition the Jacqueline Polk Award with the Orpheus Vocal Competition, the Farwell Award in the Musicians Club of Women Vocal Competition, second place in the Mobile Opera Madame Rose Competition, and the prestigious Ellalou Dimmock Award during her studies at Boston University.  


Naomi Brigell is currently based in Chicago. She holds a BM from Boston University and an MM from University of Houston.

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