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Jolie Rocke Brown, Bio!

Jolie Rocke Brown, soprano, is featured as herself in the German documentary “Porgy & Me” produced by BoomTown Media and viewing in German theaters through April 2010. Ms. Rocke Brown toured in France, Belgium, Switzerland, Spain, Germany, Denmark, Italy and the Netherlands with the New York Harlem Theater, where she performed the role of Clara in Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess at various theaters, among them the Alte Oper in Frankfurt, Stadttheater Fürth, and the Carre, Amsterdam. She also covered the same role with the prestigious Théâtre national de l'opéra-comique in Paris, France in June 2008. In April 2008, she released her first compact disc recording entitled “Jolie Rocke Brown in concert” with special guest Willie Anthony Waters, She has graced the stage of the Bushnell Center for Performing Arts “with her bright-airy soprano voice” (Hartford Courant) in December 2005 with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra and Hartford Chorale as the soprano soloist in Handel’s Messiah. During the Fall of 2005, Ms. Rocke Brown returned to Connecticut Concert Opera to perform the role of Lisa in Bellini’s La Sonnambula, Margaret in Menotti’s Telephone at the University of Connecticut, Queen of the Night in a children’s production of Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte presented by Connecticut Lyric Opera and sang as a featured artist in the Hartford Symphony Orchestra’s community based Musical Dialogues Program. In November 2004 she performed the roles of The Sandman and The Dew Fairy in Connecticut Opera's production of Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel. Opera Online stated that Ms. Rocke Brown “as both the Sandman and Dew Fairy, along with the dancing of fourteen young angels stole the end of the first act...”

As a Young Artist Program participant, she sang the challenging coloratura role of Zerbinetta, in Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos with Intermezzo Opera. For Houston Ebony Opera Guild, she performed Zerlina in Mozart’s Don Giovanni and covered the role of Musetta in Puccini’s La bohème. Her European operatic debut was as Despina in a televised production of Mozart’s Così fan tutte with Studio Lirico in Anghiari, Italy. The 2000 Northeast District Winner of the Leontyne Price Vocal Arts Competition made her recital debut at Carnegie (Weill) Recital Hall and was presented the 2002 “Today's Vision” Links Arts Award by the Greater Hartford Chapter of The Links, Inc. Ms. Rocke Brown continues to educate children through school and community based performances and master classes in Greater Hartford as well as serving as a teaching artist at the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts High School and Adjunct Professor at Manchester Community College. She has been featured in recital at several historic churches in the Hartford area including Asylum Hill Congregational, Immanuel Congregational and Faith Congregational Churches and has appeared on radio and television. A native of Queens, New York, Ms. Rocke Brown received a Bachelor of Music degree from the Hartt School at the University of Hartford, a Master of Education degree from Loyola College in Maryland, and is currently fulfilling requirements for a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Vocal Performance at the University of Connecticut.