Known for her “smooth” and “seamless” voice (Bay View Music Association) and her “razor-sharp comedic chops” (Ned Canty- Opera Memphis), Courtney J. Fletcher has traveled nationally and internationally for operatic roles and performances and is a sought-after teacher and performer.
Her 2022 performance highlights include Mozart’s Requiem (Memphis Symphony Orchestra and Rhodes College), Beethoven’s 9th Symphony (New West Symphony), Dorabella in Così fan tutte (Opera Memphis) and traveling to Prague, Czech Republic, as a participant in Opernfest Prague, where she sang with Prague’s National Theatre Orchestra. Her operatic roles span all musical eras and include Laurene Powell Jobs (The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs), Dorabella (Così fan tutte), Lazuli (L'Étoile),and Angelina (La Cenerentola), Bertarido (Rodelinda), Paula (Florencia en el Amazonas), Jade Boucher (Dead Man Walking), and Kate Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly). She is an avid supporter of newly-composed music and has sung in premieres and workshops by Grammy Award-winning composers Terence Blanchard and Tobias Picker, Robert Patterson, Shulamit Ran, and Matthew Recio.
She was a Gerdine Young Artist at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis for the 2017 & 2018 seasons. Her awards include NOA Carolyn Bailey and Dominick Argento Vocal Competition (Artistic Division - Winner), Houston Saengerbund (3rd Place), and MONC Auditions, now Laffont Competition (District Winner).
Her concert work includes I Am Carmen Miranda (Roberto Sierra) with Oberlin Conservatory’s New Music Ensemble, Fern Hill (John Corigliano), Serenade to Music (R. Vaughan Williams), Messiah and Alexander’s Feast (G. F. Handel) and Folk Songs (Bernard Rands) with the Indiana University New Music Ensemble. This fall, she will be the Alto Soloist for Handel’s Messiah with the Boise Philharmonic Orchestra.
As a teacher, Courtney has taught classical, musical theater, jazz, pop, and folk singers. She worked as an Applied Faculty member at Rhodes College from 2021-2023, where she taught voice, music theory, and opera. In 2022, she was also chosen as one of twelve young teachers from across the United States and Canada to participate in the National Association of Teachers of Singing Intern Program.
Courtney graduated from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music with a Doctor of Music in Voice degree with a minor in Music Theory, where she studied with Mary Ann Hart. This fall, she will join the faculty at the University of Kansas as Assistant Professor of Voice, teaching voice and opera.