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Kimilee Bryant

"Audiences rarely experience so expert a combination of vocal and acting abilities" (Grant, Sunbury, PA). Kimilee Bryant, native of South Carolina has performed the role of Christine Daae in Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway, Switzerland, Toronto and to critical acclaim on the U.S. national tour. She was a soloist in a staged production of Handel's Messiah at Lincoln Center. "Kimilee Bryant was lovely in 'Come unto Him'" (James R. Oestreich, The New York Times). The work was also performed at The Utrecht Early Music Festival in Holland. Other New York City credits include: Josephine in H.M.S. Pinafore, Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance and Casilda in The Gondoliers at City Center; Elsie in The Yeomen of the Guard, Phyllis in Iolanthe and Aline in The Sorcerer at Symphony Space. She debuted as soloist with the National Chorale at Avery Fisher Hall.

Ms. Bryant made her debut with Portland opera as Frasquita in Carmen, singing Micaela for the previews. As a Resident Artist of Portland Opera, she performed Gretel in Hansel and Gretel, Pamina and Second Lady in An American Magic Flute, and Alice in Through the Opera Glass as well as mainstage previews of Man of La Mancha (Antonia) and Die Fledermaus (Adele). Ms. Bryant has also appeared with the Brevard Music Center Opera, Aspen Opera, Greenville Symphony (SC), Spartanburg Symphony (SC), Piedmont Opera (NC) and Opera Ontario.

She was a regional Metropolitan Opera Auditions winner (1998) and earned her Master's Degree in performance from the Manhattan School of Music. She has studied ballet, tap, and jazz "since the playpen" with Karen C. Bryant who also happens to be her mom. Currently, she studies at Broadway Dance Center and studies acting with Terry Schreiber at the T. Schreiber studio in New York. Stage work includes: Sally in Talley's Folly, Stage Manager in Our Town, Sharon in Master Class and Marian in The Music Man, Maria in West Side Story -- "Bryant finds every nuance of emotion in Maria" (The Daily item), Eliza in My Fair Lady, Laurey in Oklahoma!, Maisie in The Boyfriend, and Julie in Carousel. She regularly performs recitals, concerts, benefits and other special events throughout the United States. She has toured the US with the NY Gilbert and Sullivan players and was seen as Betty in the recent production of John Guare's Landscape of the Body directed by Terry Schreiber at the T. Schreiber Studio. Other recent credits include: Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance for The Sacramento Music Circus and RiversideTheatre's Showtune (A Jerry Herman Revue). She will perform "Zerlina" in Don Giovanni in April 2005 for the Boheme Opera of NJ.