Brianne Sura earned her Master’s Degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music where she was awarded the Elizabeth Stoekler Stevens Prize in Lied. She has since performed principal roles with Nashville Opera, St. Petersburg Opera, Madison Opera Company, Skylight Opera Theatre, Elgin Opera, Milwaukee Opera Theater, Bay Area Summer Opera Theater Institute, Fresco Opera, Music By the Lake, and La Musica Lirica in Urbania, Italy among others. She recently received the graduate of the last decade award from her undergraduate alma mater, Carroll University for her philanthropic and professional achievements and was also the winner of Fresco Opera’s Dueling Divas vocal competition at Edgewood. Brianne is a full time member and outreach soloist with the Milwaukee Florentine Opera chorus and sang in the company’s two-time Grammy Award-winning recording of Elmer Gantry as well as the Grammy Award-winning recording of Rio de Sangre. She will be performing a role in the Florentine’s upcoming original production of Elmer Gantry. Brianne is in her second season as Artistic Director of SEWPA; she has also sung lead roles as well as stage directed productions with the organization. She has past experience as a voice teacher and Italian diction teacher at Aurora University, voice teacher at Waterford High School, and has surpassed a decade of service at First Presbyterian Church of Waukesha as the choral and bell choir director.