Naomi Brigell, mezzo-soprano, recently graduated with her Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Houston Moores School of Music, where she continues to study with Melanie Sonnenberg. In 2018, Naomi joins Opera Naples as a Resident Artist, performing the roles of Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro and Giannetta in L’elisir d’amore. For the summer, she will be an Apprentice Artist at Des Moines Metro Opera, singing the role of Third Wood Sprite in the mainstage production of Rusalka. Other recent operatic roles include Dritte Dame in Die Zauberflöte with Opera in the Heights, Sesto in La clemenza di Tito with Chicago Summer Opera and Zulma in L’Italiana in Algeri with Operativo Houston, with whom she also covered the role of Isabella. Further operatic highlights include Nancy in Albert Herring and Rebecca Nurse in The Crucible. Also at home on the concert stage, Ms. Brigell has appeared as an oratorio soloist with Palm Beach Symphony, Emerson Unitarian Universalist Church, Houston Lutheran Choral, and Boston University Concert Choir.
Naomi Brigell has been recognized by multiple organizations as the winner of vocal competitions and scholarships. In 2017, Naomi was awarded the grand prize at the Kristin Lewis Foundation Vocal Scholarship Competition. The award from this national competition included a trip to Vienna to study with coaches and stage directors at the Wiener Staatsoper. In 2018, she was first runner up in the Madame Rose Competition at Mobile Opera. Throughout her formal academic studies, Naomi was awarded titled scholarships. These include the Winifred and Maurice Hirsch Memorial Scholarship at the University of Houston and the prestigious Ellalou Dimmock Vocal Honors Award at Boston University, which recognizes outstanding achievement in vocal performance at the undergraduate level and includes a presentation of the winners in recital. Naomi Brigell currently lives in Houston, TX, with her three-legged cat, Champion. She has performed locally with Bach Society Houston, Houston Saengerbund, Emerson Unitarian Universalist Church, The Piping Rock Singers, and Houston Lutheran Chorale. Naomi holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Boston University and a Master of Music degree from University of Houston.