Courtney McKeown is a graduate of DePaul University (BM) and Northwestern University (MM). She frequented the stages of both institutions, most notably as the title role in Carmen, Idamante in Mozart’s Idomeneo, Florence Pike in Albert Herring, and Mother Marie in Dialogues of the Carmelites. In her second season with FGO, last season she appeared as Antonia’s Mother in Les contes d’Hoffmann and as la Duègne in Cyrano. She has sung with Kentucky Opera (Emilia in Otello, Inez in Il trovatore, Kate in The Pirates of Penzance, Charlotte (cover) in Werther), Dayton Opera (Flora in La traviata), Opera New Jersey(Olga in The Merry Widow), and Opera Tampa (La Zelatrice in Suor Angelica, la Ciesca in Gianni Schicchi, and Alisa in Lucia di Lammermoor). Ms. McKeown spent the summer of 2009 with Chautauqua Opera, where she sang Vera Boronel (and covered the Secretary) in Menotti’s The Consul and reprised the role of Kate in The Pirates of Penzance. She was honored with a Chautauqua Opera Encouragement Award for her work during the summer. In the summer of 2010, Ms. McKeown joined the prestigious Young American Artists Program at Glimmerglass Opera and bowed as Marcellina in their production of Le nozze di Figaro. In the 2010-2011 season, she was featured in A Night of Stars Concert with Opera Tampa honoring Plácido Domingo, conducted by Maestro Anton Coppola and Sherrill Milnes.