|Soprano, Hope Briggs native of Jersey City, New Jersey is well known for her dramatic portrayals and her distinctive voice. She made her impressive San Francisco Opera debut as the Duchess of Parma in Busoni’s Doktor Faust, for which Opera News stated, “In her company debut, as the Duchess, soprano Hope Briggs was stellar, delivering one of the evening’s highlights with her lusciously intoned, lovelorn aria.”
Other operatic roles have included, The First Lady in Die Zauberflöte and Donna Anna in Don Giovanni at Frankfurt Opera, The Duchess of Parma in Busoni’s Doktor Faust at Stattstheater Stuttgart, the title role of Aida at Sacramento Opera, Nevada Opera, and Cedar Rapids Opera, the Countess Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro and Micaëla in Carmen at Opera Company of Brooklyn, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni and The First Lady in Die Zauberflöte, at Opera San Jose, the title role of Suor Angelica at Pacific Repertory Opera and Opera Company of Brooklyn. She created the role of Paula in the world premiere of Hector Armienta’a River of Women.
Recent performances include, Leonora in Il Trovatore with El Paso Opera and Festival Opera of Walnut Creek, Amelia in Un Ballo in Maschera at Festival Opera and Serena in Porgy and Bess at Tulsa Opera.
On the concert stage, Ms. Briggs has performed Mozart’s Coronation Mass and Requiem, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Villa-Lobo’s Bachianas Brasileiras, Rachmaninoff’s Vocalise, Verdi’s Requiem, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Dvorak’s Stabat Mater, the opening night Gala Concert with Oakland East Bay Symphony, Hanna in scenes from The Merry Widow with Pacific Symphony Orchestra, Samuel Barber’s Knoxville Summer of 1915 with the Marin Theater Company and Hailstork’s I Will Lift Up Mine Eyes with the San Antonio Symphony. She has been the featured soloist with the Symphony Parnassus, The Wondrous Sounds of Christmas at the San Francisco Symphony, Hope Briggs and Friends: A Musical Valentine at San Francisco’s Herbst Theater and the World Premiere of Marion J. Caffey’s Three Mo’ Divas.
As a gifted recitalist Ms. Briggs has performed for African-Americans for Los Angeles Opera, Madewood Music Festival, Afrosolo Music Festival at the Yerba Buena Performing Arts Center, Concerts at the Abbey in Seattle and Caio Melissa in Spoleto, Italy.
She has had the honor of performing for Ms. Jessye Norman at Alliance Française Trophée des Arts Gala and Rev. Billy Graham.
She has been the recipient of numerous awards which include: National Finalist in Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Metropolitan Opera International Vocal Competition Award, the Encouragement Award from the Licia Albanese Puccini Foundation, Marion Anderson Historical Society Scholar, and study grants from the Opera Buffs of California and the Barkley Fund.