Born in South Wales, Zoë Milton-Brown studied at Christ’s College, Cambridge and at the Royal Northern College of Music, completing her postgraduate studies with distinction in the summer of 2010. During her final year at music college, Zoë was a finalist in both the Elizabeth Harwood Competition and the RNCM Concerto Competition, in addition to being the recipient of the Gwilym Gwalchmai Jones Award and a Fenton Arts Trust scholarship. She has performed in masterclasses with Sir Philip Langridge, Dennis O’Neill, Nelly Miricioiu, Sir Mark Elder and, in the Oxford Lieder Festival, with Roger Vignoles, Andrew West and Ian Partridge.
Operatic engagements include Fiordiligi Così fan Tutte (Mananan Opera Festival), Angelica Orlando (Ryedale Festival), Susanna Le Nozze di Figaro (Opera!Festival Utrecht, Netherlands), Zerlina Don Giovanni and Papagena Die Zauberflöte (Opera Project), Gilda Rigoletto with Birmingham Chamber Orchestra and the covers of both Margiana in Cornelius’ Barber of Baghdad and Merab Saul for Buxton Festival Opera. For the RNCM Zoë appeared as Vitellia La Clemenza di Tito, Katya Katya Kabanova and, in opera scenes, as Nedda I Pagliacci, Violetta La Traviata, Blanche de la Force Dialogues des Carmelites, Giulietta I Capuleti e i Montecchi and Blanche DuBois in André Previn’s A Streetcar Named Desire.
As a concert and oratorio soloist Zoë has appeared at The Wigmore Hall, The Bridgewater Hall, The Sage Gateshead, Liverpool Cathedral, The Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester and the Matthias Church, Budapest, performing repertoire including Handel’s Messiah, Saint-Saens’ Oratorio de Noel, Strauss’ Vier Letzte Lieder, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Berio’s Laborintus II, Mahler’s Symphony No 4 and Barber’s Knoxville. As part of the BBC Philharmonic’s “Ink Still Wet” series Zoë performed Alan Williams’ song cycle 12 Storeys High at the Bridgewater Hall and was recently the soloist in the premiere of two song cycles for soprano and ensemble by Anthony Burgess at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation. Forthcoming engagements include Canteloube’s Chants d’Auvergne, Britten’s Les Illuminations and a recital at St. Martin in the Fields, London.