Born in South Wales, Zoë Milton-Brown studied at Christ’s College, Cambridge and at the Royal Northern College of Music, completing her postgraduate studies with distinction in the summer of 2010. During her final year at music college, Zoë was a finalist in both the Elizabeth Harwood Competition and the RNCM Concerto Competition, in addition to being the recipient of the Gwilym Gwalchmai Jones Award and a Fenton Arts Trust scholarship. She has performed in masterclasses with Nelly Miricioiu, Dennis O'Neill, Sir Mark Elder, the late Philip Langridge, Julius Drake and Roger Vignoles.
Operatic engagements include Fiordiligi Così fan Tutte (Mananan Opera Festival), Lotte in the premiere of Stefan and Lotte in Paradise (Psappha Ensemble/Savvy Productions) Angelica Orlando (Ryedale Festival), Susanna Le Nozze di Figaro (Opera Works and Opera! Festival Utrecht, Netherlands), Zerlina Don Giovanni (Opera Project), Pamina Die Zauberflote (Opera South East), Gilda Rigoletto with Birmingham Chamber Orchestra and the covers of both Margiana in Cornelius' Barber of Baghdad and Merab Saul for Buxton Festival Opera. For the RNCM Zoë appeared as Vitellia La Clemenza di Tito, Katya Katya Kabanova and, in opera scenes, as Nedda I Pagliacci, Violetta La Traviata, Blanche de la Force Dialogues des Carmélites, Giulietta I Capuleti e i Montecchi and Blanche DuBois in André Previn's A Streetcar Named Desire.
As a concert and oratorio soloist Zoë has appeared at The Wigmore Hall, The Bridgewater Hall, The Sage Gateshead, Liverpool Cathedral, The Royal Exchange Theatre, Whitworth Hall, Holywell Music Rooms and the Matthias Church, Budapest, performing repertoire including Handel's Messiah, Saint-Saëns' Oratorio de Noël, Strauss' Vier Letzte Lieder, Mendelssohn's Elijah, Mahler's Symphony No 4 and Barber's Knoxville. As part of the BBC Philharmonic's "Ink Still Wet" series, she sang Alan Williams' song cycle 12 Storeys High at the Bridgewater Hall and was the soloist in the premiere of two song cycles for soprano and ensemble by Anthony Burgess at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation. Zoë has given recitals at St Martin in the Fields, Brecon Cathedral, The Capstone Theatre, National Museum Cardiff, The Riverfront, Newport, Eaton Hall and the Gower Festival and appeared as the soprano soloist in gala concerts for Clonter Opera, Welsh National Opera, Buxton Festival Opera and with The Band of the Royal Air Force Regiment.
Passionate about the importance of outreach work, Zoë is an experienced vocal animateur. She has worked for companies throughout the UK, running singing workshops in both mainstream and special educational needs contexts. For Welsh National Opera, Zoë runs weekly workshops in several primary schools across South Wales and singing sessions for patients and relatives in healthcare environments, in addition to leading audience participation events. She regularly appears as the soloist in WNO's Opera Engage Projects and has made several recordings for the company featuring new work composed in collaboration with community participants.