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Keith Brown

Keith Brown was the host of Matinee Classics and the host and producer of GAMEPLAY until 2024.

Keith enjoys a highly varied career as an on-air host, professional voiceover artist, audiobook narrator, opera singer, and teacher. 

His onstage engagements have taken him from Carnegie Hall to Italy to Newfoundland in repertoire from Puccini and Richard Strauss to Sondheim, and he has been praised by Opera News for his “warm bass-baritone” and for performances “inflected with fine rubato.”  He is also a former first-place winner of the American Prize in Vocal Performance - Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Award, and he holds degrees in classical voice from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

Keith is fortunate to spend a great deal of time on the microphone, and when he’s not hosting classical music programs on IPR, you’ll most likely find him recording commercials and narrating audiobook titles in genres ranging from sci-fi, historical and contemporary fiction, romance, and fantasy, to nonfiction. 

Highly skilled in languages, he speaks Italian, French, German, and Russian proficiently, and he brings his passion for music and words to Interlochen Arts Camp classrooms, having taught courses for several summers on opera and lyric diction.

Keith lives in beautiful Interlochen with his family.  His wife, soprano Laura Osgood Brown, is Interlochen Arts Academy Instructor of Voice and Opera Workshop. 

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