A Midsummer Night's Dream, Nevill Holt Opera, 2019

Opera Magazine (July 2019)

Peter Kirk (Lysander) and Daisy Brown (Tytania) stood out as technically exceptional and physically commanding. The voice of each was so pure it seemed to cleanse the air it travelled through.' 

 

'Morrissey was at pains to highlight Oberon's triumph in snatching the changeling boy from Tytania, and Brown's beautifully acted despair on realising this was heartbreaking.'

The Telegraph (June 2019)

'As his peevish wife Titania, Daisy Brown skittered with sparkling grace through the glittering coloratura – and somehow, yes, you could still hear her words even when she sailed into the topmost register.'

Backtrack (June 2019)

'The cast... led by Daisy Brown’s impressive Tytania, with just a hint of diamond hardness at the vertiginous top of her range.'

The Arts desk (June 2019)

'Daisy Brown’s soprano glistens and sparkles in Tytania’s star-scattered music.'

Town and county magazine (June 2019)

‘Impressive were American bass-baritone Lawson Anderson as Bottom... and Daisy Brown’s silvery-toned Tytania.’ 

The Turn of the Screw, Bury Court Opera, 2019
Mark Valencia, Backtrack (March 2019)
'I’ve rarely heard a better matched pair of ghosts than Daisy Brown (Miss Jessel) and Andrew Dickinson (Quint). Brown, becoiffed like Helena Bonham Carter in one of her gothic roles, sang her underwritten role with shuddering conviction.’
 
Owen Davies, Plays to See (March 2019)
'Andrew Dickinson as Quint and Daisy Brown as Jessel are spell-binding ghosts – they sound both real and other-worldly by turns and the way they appear and vanish is genuinely unsettling… there is a sensuality to Brown’s portrayal of Miss Jessel that is brave and very disturbing.'

 

Sam Smith, Music OMH (March 2019)
‘Brown is completely compelling as Miss Jessel.’

 

Yehuda Shapiro, The Stage (March 2019)
Daisy Brown’s lyrically voiced Miss Jessel is no zombie, but a sensual young woman who, as Flora shows us with her dolls, happens to have met a watery grave.’

The Abduction from the Seraglio, The Grange Festival, 2018
 
Peter Reed, Opera Magazine (September 2018)
‘As her servant Blonde, inventively avoiding Osmin’s boo-hiss lechery, Daisy Brown managed both to send up and to support her mistress. Her light, lyrical singing simmered with Susanna-like mischief’
Classical Source (June 2018)

‘Daisy Brown pitches her Susanna-like Blonde both to support and subtly send up her mistress, her singing infused with a light, attractive lyricism, and she effortlessly is in charge of the men in her life, suitor Pedrillo and the predatory Osmin.’

Mark Pullinger, Bach Track (June 2018)

‘Daisy Brown was a pretty-voiced Blonde, with crystal clear top notes.’

Mark Berry, Opera Today (June 2018) 

‘‘Kiandra Howarth sang as fine a Konstanze as I have heard, Christine Schäfer included, coloratura clear and meaningful, line finely spun... Daisy Brown’s spirited Blonde offered virtues similar yet far from identical; there was no difficulty in distinguishing the two soprano roles, style and delivery complementary yet distinctive.’

Planet Hugill (June 2018) 

‘As Blonde, Daisy Brown made a wonderful contrast with Kiandra Howarth's Konstanze. Pert, lively and characterful, Brown sang with pin-sharp accuracy and really charmed, as well as giving as good as she got in her scene with Jonathan Lemalu's Osmin.’

Bernard Hughes, The Arts Desk (June 2018) 

‘All the five principals sang very well...There was perhaps more light and shade in Daisy Brown’s singing as Blonde‚ and the Blonde-Pedrillo relationship was more convincingly romantic than Konstanze-Belmonte… The four lovers achieved energetic counterpoint in their quarrel and a lovely vocal blend in their reconciliation.'

Mark Ronan (June 2018) 

'Daisy Brown (is) an absolute delight as her servant Blonde'

The Snow Maiden‚ Opera North, 2017
Martin Dreyer, The York Press (January 2017)

‘Daisy Brown stepped gallantly into the title role at short notice and won many admirers‚ besides Mizgir. Her light soprano suits the early coloratura‚ and her dying aria is poignant‚ overcoming the wearing of a yellow tabard more apt for coffee-grinding.’

Sister‚ Born Mad, 2016
Carn’s Theatre Passion (September 2016)

‘Brown‚ Coleman and Groves perform a tour de force of a performance‚ apparently effortlessly synching sound‚ loops‚ samples and live vocals‚ their proficiency speaking of many weeks of rehearsal and development.’


London City Nights (September 2016)

‘…taking the form of an hour long sound collage led by two fantastic performers‚ Daisy Brown and Nia Coleman…Brown and Coleman sing and act in perfect synchronisation‚ every micro-expression and verbal tic replicated exactly. It’s like watching a high-wire act – the slightest wobble and the whole thing falls apart. But the duo never put a foot wrong‚ displaying a faintly unnerving confidence in each other’s abilities and their own I shudder to think how long it must have taken to rehearse a thing like this‚ not to mention the sheer commitment and concentration required to sustain perfection for an hour…This is an experience like little else I’ve seen in theatres of late. It’s sonically‚ visually and textually beautiful; able to make you laugh and feel in equal measure; and Daisy Brown and Nia Coleman’s performance skills are through the goddamn roof. ‘

Queen of Spades, Opera Holland Park, 2016
Mark Berry, Opera Today (August, 2016)

‘Daisy Brown’s Masha… particularly catching my ear.’ 

Robert Thicknesse, Opera Now (September, 2016) 

‘The Pastorale was enchantingly done by Daisy Brown and Laura Woods.’

 

Mark Ronan, (August, 2016) 

‘fine vocal contributions from Laura Woods and Daisy Brown as Polina and Masha.’

Sebastian Petit, Opera Britannica (August, 2016)

‘(Laura Woods) had plenty of fun in the tastefully staged Pastorale along with Daisy Brown’s prettily sung Prilepa. Brown also doubled up as Liza’s maid Masha and led the spirited folk dance.’ 

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Opera Holland Park, Linbury ROH 2015
Edward Bhesania, The Stage (Nov, 2015)

‘There is not a weak link in the cast, in terms either of singing or acting… Samantha Price’s and Daisy Brown’s Tweedledee and Tweedledum, show an impressive skill in physical comedy.’

Carmen Nevill Holt Opera, 2015
Neil Fisher, The Times (June 2015)

‘ The small orchestra sound fine under Charmers’s tidy baton and the supporting cast is decent‚ with Daisy Brown’s Frasquita making the strongest impression from the ensemble’ 

Le Nozze di Figaro Opera Vera, 2015
Robert Thicknesse, Opera Now (April 2015) 

‘Daisy Brown was a brilliant Susanna, a bag of sly wit and intelligence’ 

Fringe Opera (February 2015)

‘…soprano Daisy Brown sweeps onto stage as the maid Susanna and proceeds to thread a piece of cotton straight through the eye of a needle – no mean feat for the steadiest of hands‚ let alone someone embarking on the lead role of a challenging‚ three-hour opera. Her composure sets the tone for this supremely accomplished performance… Daisy Brown is a no-nonsense Susanna‚ confident and coquettish with a warm twinkle in her eye and vocally au fait with Mozart’s pacy Italianate melodies. The chemistry between her and the equally-talented Peter Brooke’s Figaro is endearing’ 

Carmen Mid Wales Opera, 2014
Opera Magazine (October 2014)

‘Sherman’s blonde Carmen… was well supported by Daisy Brown’s vibrant Frasquita, acting with her eyes as well as her voice’ 

 

Mark Smith, WalesOnline.co.uk (October 2014)

‘Daisy Brown and Marta Fontanals-Simmons presented the roles of Frasquita and Mercedes in this interpretation perfectly’ 

Ron Simpson, What’s On Stage.com (September 2014)

‘…there is much to praise in this Carmen…Vocally Marta Fontanals-Simmons (Mercedes) and Daisy Brown (Frasquita) blend beautifully with Helen Sherman (Carmen)’

Stephen Walsh, The Arts Desk.com (September 2014)

‘The best things in it are intelligent touches in the directing of individual numbers: the card-reading trio (with Daisy Brown and Marta Fontanals-Simmons)’

Orfeo ed Euridice Buxton Festival, 2014
George Hall, The Guardian (July 2014)

‘Amore is entrancingly sung by soprano Daisy Brown’ George Hall

Philip Radcliffe, The Arts Desk (July 2014)

‘Rising star Daisy Brown is impressive as Amore’ Philip Radcliffe

Hugo Shirley, The Spectator (July 2014)

‘Amore is sung with real charm and ping by Daisy Brown’ Hugo Shirley

 

Mark Pullinger, Bach Track (July 2014)

‘Daisy Brown was a fabulous Amore – a sassy, sexy Cupid who emerges from the chorus as one of Orfeo’s groupies… Brown constantly impressed and she sang “Gli sguardi trattieni” with light, bright tone, whilst merrily scattering Eurydice’s ashes from the urn.’ Mark Pullinger

Hugh Canning, The Sunday Times (July 2014)

‘Daisy Brown… proved such a delight as Amore’ Hugh Canning, 

Mark Ronan (July 2014)

‘Amore… was sung with striking beauty and lovely purity of tone by Daisy Brown’

Kiss Me, Figaro! The Merry Opera Company, 2013
Helena Gumley-Mason, The Lady (February 2014)

‘Brown is a revelation. Her Lascia Ch’io Pianga from Handel’s Rinaldo was delivered in her onstage dressing room with the utmost sincerity and exquisite precision.’ Helena Gumley-Mason

Dan Phillips, Bargain Theatre Land (February 2014)

‘The credit here goes to Brown who not only has the emotionally hard hitting vocal range but a true naturalism that is so hard to find in the world of opera, not only commanding the stage with her presence but driving you to both tears of joy and sorrow.’

Albert Herring (Britten) Mid Wales Opera, 2013
Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph (September 2013)

‘this is a highlight of my Britten centenary trawl to date, warmly recommended if it’s coming your way.’  Rupert Christiansen

The Magic Flute (Mozart) The Merry Opera Company, 2013
Hilary Finch, The Times (February 2013)

‘Pamina/Constanze is outstandingly sung and acted by Daisy Brown — whom I long to hear again.’

Alexandra Coghlan, New Statesman (March 2013)

‘It’s worth holding out for Daisy Brown’s Pamina who has the kind of winsome innocence (coupled with the best vocals of the evening) every fairytale princesss should have. Her “Ach, ich fühl’s” in particular is beautifully controlled and judged.’

Timeout (February 2013)

‘Daisy Brown’s ravishingly sung Pamina stood out’ 

Emily Hardy, Forthwall Magazine (February 2013)

‘We are… granted legitimate access to the story during Daisy Brown’s breath-taking performance as both Mozart’s wife and Pamina. Alarmingly talented, Brown sings and acts with all the passion and conviction of a wide-eyed ingénue.’

Kieron Quirke, Evening Standard (February 2013)

‘Daisy Brown’s Pamina is even better — enchantingly wide-eyed and game in the skits but with gravity and vocal chops to melt your heart come the second act.’

Susanna (Handel) Iford Festival Opera, 2012
Stephen Walsh, Opera Now (October 2012)

‘Daniel’s last minute paean to chastity was sung with great poise by Daisy Brown’

Rian Evans, The Guardian (August 2012)

‘The lovely bloom of Daisy Brown’s soprano rang out, adding a bright aura to Daniel’s appearances in what was inevitably a slightly sombre evening.’

Paul Riley, Venue (August 2012)

‘Daisy Brown’s Daniel was a neat bit of casting, the voice pure and youthfully bright, her stage presence quietly charismatic’

The Stage (August 2012)

‘Daisy Brown brings presence and spark to Daniel’s appearances, leading the drama to a conclusion whose inevitable element of moral unease Furtado handles with sensitivity and intelligence.’

Stabat Mater (Pergolesi) Albion Baroque Orchestra, 2012
British Society for Eighteenth Century Studies (October 2012)

‘Brown’s intensity and depth, paired with the more delicate timbre of Wayne-Wright’s countertenor register painted a comprehensive account of devotional sincerity… Emphatic vocal delivery and facial expressions possessed superb and moving credibility.’

Semele (Handel) Hampstead Garden Opera, 2011
Hilary Fisher, Bach Track (2012)

‘Soprano Daisy Brown as “the go-between” Iris was utterly charming in “She resides in Sweet Retreat”‘ 

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