Brown performed in opera, light opera, and musical comedy, as an oratorio and cantata soloist, and in recital repertoire. His opera roles have included Guglielmo in Così fan tutte, Beppe and Harlequin in Pagliacci, Falstaff in The Merry Wives of Windsor, Mr Gedge in Britten's Albert Herring, and Happy in the Girl of the Golden West. His cantata and recital repertoire has included a number of works by Benjamin Britten, including the 1949 Canadian premiere of his St Nicolas cantata in Toronto. Brown has sung in the premieres of many Canadian works, including Godfrey Ridout's Coronation Ode (1953), Peter Huse's Vanity of Vanities (1963), Jack Behrens' The Lay of Thrym (in the role of Heimdahl, 1968), and Elliot Weisgarber's Night (1974).
A soloist on the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir's recording of the Bach St Matthew Passion (1953, 3-Beaver LPS-002/3-RCA Victor LBC-6101), Brown also recorded with the Vancouver Chamber Group on their recording of MacMillan's Six Bergerettes du bas Canada (1973, CBC SM-204) and with the CBC Vancouver Chorus in Coulthard's Five Part-Songs for Voices and Piano (1975, RCI 226).
Brown has studied vocal physiology, primarily with William Vennard at Oakland U, Rochester in 1968 on a Canada Council grant, and has subsequently given workshops on vocal production and vocal health to groups of musical and non-musical voice users. His singing students have included Lloyd Burritt, Ingrid Suderman, and Lyn Vernon. He has adjudicated at festivals across Canada and in 1991 continued to be active as a consultant to music festivals and as a workshop clinician.
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