MEZZO - SOPRANO COURTNEY J. FLETCHER hails from a small town in Indiana. She started her vocal journey at Taylor University, where she studied with Dr. Patricia Robertson. She continued her work at Indiana University, where she studied with Professor Emerita Mary Ann Hart and received her MM in Voice in 2016. She graduated in 2020 with her DM in Voice with a minor in Music Theory.
With a love of teaching and performing, Courtney focuses on various projects and performances. Recently, she was chosen to participate in the 2022 NATS Internship Program, which pairs experienced and recognized master teachers with talented, early-career voice teachers. She also continued her competition experience by placing Third for the 2022 Saengerbund Awards in Houston, TX. She travelled to Prague, Czech Republic, in July to make her international debut with Opernfest Prague, "a first-of-its kind program, offering exclusive training, performance, and professional development opportunities to international soloists."
As an operatic mezzo, Courtney has performed the roles of Laurene Powell Jobs (The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs), Lazuli (L'Étoile), Bertarido (Rodelinda), Paula (Florencia en el Amazonas), Dorabella (Così fan tutte), Angelina (La Cenerentola), Jade Boucher (Dead Man Walking), and Dido (Dido and Aeneas). She is an avid supporter of newly-composed music and has sung premieres of works by Matthew Recio and Sam Ritter, along with workshops by composers Terence Blanchard, Tobias Picker, Robert Patterson, and Shalumit Ran at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Opera Memphis, and Indiana University. She was a Gerdine Young Artist at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis for the 2017 & 2018 seasons and returned numerous times to perform in workshops and for their Opera on the GO! outreach program.
Courtney was the 2018 Artistic Division Winner for the National Opera Association's Carolyn Bailey and Dominick Argento Vocal Competition, a finalist for the Grand Junction Young Artist Competition in 2019, and winner of the St. Louis District's Laffont Competition (formerly the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions) in 2019.
As a concert soloist, Courtney has been featured as the mezzo/alto soloist for Fern Hill (John Corgliano), Serenade to Music (R. Vaughan Williams), Messiah (G. F. Handel) and the Indiana University premiere of Bernard Rand's Folk Songs with the IU New Music Ensemble.
Courtney is currently an Applied Faculty member at Rhodes College in Memphis, TN, maintains a private voice studio, and performs regularly with Opera Memphis.