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American contralto Gwendolyn Brown (Queenie) last appeared with WNO as Maria in Porgy and Bess (2010), her signature role which she has performed to great acclaim for Washington National Opera, the Tanglewood Festival, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, New Orleans Opera, Seattle Opera, the Boston Symphony Orchestra and on tour in Germany, Amsterdam and Brussels. Other recent performances include Marie Laveau in the world premiere of Crescent City in Los Angeles, Kabanicka in Katja Kabanova, Filipjevna in Eugene Onegin and Fricka in Das Rheingold for Des Moines Metro Opera and Suzuki in Madama Butterfly in her native Chicago. Concert repertoire includes Alexander Nevsky and Beethoven’s Symphony 9, both with the Chicago Sinfonietta. March 2013