Lawrence Brownlee American tenor

Lawrence Brownlee American tenor

Lawrence Brownlee,The most in-demand American tenor in the world in the bel canto repertoire, continues to astonish audiences with the elegance and agility of his instrument. From firmly American roots, Mr. Brownlee has become a star on the international scene, lauded for the seemingly effortless beauty of his voice.

Lawrence Brownlee American tenor

The 2014-15 season begins with Lawrence Brownlee returning to Seattle Opera for his role debut as Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni. He then returns to the Metropolitan Opera as Count Almaviva in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, which will be seen in cinemas around the world as part of the Live in HD series. Mr. Brownlee will perform with Opernhaus Zürich as Don Ramiro in La Cenerentola opposite Cecilia Bartoli, followed by his role debut as Ferrando in Così fan tutte with the Bayerische Staatsoper. He will also appear with Festspielhaus Baden-Baden as the Italian Tenor in a new production of Der Rosenkavalier under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle. Other operatic highlights of Mr. Brownlee’s season include Tonio in Daughter of the Regiment with Pittsburgh Opera, and the title role in the world premiere of Daniel Schnyder’sCharlie Parker’s Yardbird, a work written specifically for him.

Conserts

Apart from his busy operatic calendar, Mr. Brownlee will perform recitals with the Van Cliburn Foundation in Fort Worth, the Tuesday Musical Association in Akron, and the Lied Center in Lawrence, KS. To round out the season, he will also perform with the Santo Domingo Festival and in a special bel canto concert curated by Joyce DiDonato with the Philadelphia Orchestra at Carnegie Hall.

Mr. Brownlee began his 2013-14 season with Seattle Opera, where he appeared as Tonio in La fille du régiment. He then made his Los Angeles Opera debut as Tamino in a celebrated production of The Magic Flute by Barrie Kosky, conducted by James Conlon. In Europe, Mr. Brownlee appeared at the Wiener Staatsoper and the Bayerische Staatsoper as Nemorino in L’Elisir d’amore, Narciso in Il turco in Italia, and Ramiro in La Cenerentola. Other highlights of Mr. Brownlee’s recent season included Arturo in I Puritani with the Metropolitan Opera and at the Tivoli Festival, Narciso in Il turco in Italia with the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle and Stabat Mater at the Whitsun Festival, and the Concert de Paris on Bastille Day with the Orchestre National de France alongside Anna Netrebko, Natalie Dessay, Piotr Beczała, and Elīna Garanča. Mr. Brownlee also performed recitals at the Grand Théâtre de Genève in Switzerland and with the Vocal Arts Society in Washington, DC.

A non-operatic highlight of Mr. Brownlee’s 2013-14 season was an appearance with his friend and collaborator Damien Sneed in “Spiritual Sketches” at Lincoln Center’s American Songbook series. The concert featured songs from the critically-acclaimed recording of spirituals that Brownlee and Sneed released last season.

Mr Brownlee

Mr. Brownlee has been featured in nearly every major theater in the world and enjoys a relationship with many prominent conductors and symphony orchestras. Operatic highlights of Mr. Brownlee’s career include: La Cenerentola in Milan, Houston, Philadelphia, and the Metropolitan Opera; L’italiana in Algeri in Milan, Dresden, Boston, Houston, and Seattle; I Puritani in Washington, Seattle, and the Metropolitan Opera; Mosé in Egitto in Rome; Il turco in Italia in Toulouse and Berlin; Tancredi with the Detroit Symphony and on an eight-city European tour with the Orchestre des Champs-Élysées; La donna del lago in Santa Fe and Washington; Semiramide and L’elisir d’amore, both at the Caramoor Festival;Armida at the Metropolitan Opera; La fille du régiment in Hamburg, Cincinnati, and at the Metropolitan Opera; Salieri’s Axur, re d’Ormus in Zürich; L’ape musicale in Vienna; Il Barbiere di Siviglia in Geneva;Le Comte Ory in Vienna; and the world premiere of Lorin Maazel’s 1984 at Covent Garden.

In the orchestral arena, he has been heard in Bach’s Magnificat in Cincinnati; Handel’s Messiah in Houston, San Francisco, Detroit, Baltimore, and Indianapolis; Israel in Egypt in Cleveland; Mozart’s Mass in C minor in Chicago and Baltimore; Carmina Burana with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood; the opening performance of Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival; and highlights fromPorgy and Bess with the New York Philharmonic, including a Live From Lincoln Center telecast. Mr. Brownlee has performed recitals at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall, London’s Wigmore Hall and Rosenblatt Recital Series, Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music, SUNY Potsdam, Cape Town Opera, in Atlanta and Tokyo, as well as various venues around the United States under the auspices of the Marilyn Horne Foundation.

CD-recordings

Mr. Brownlee’s discography/videography continues to grow impressively. In 2013, Delos released “Virtuoso Rossini Arias,” a collection of lesser known Rossini arias, after which Alex Ross of the New Yorker asked, “Is there a finer Rossini tenor than Lawrence Brownlee?” Mr. Brownlee’s critically-acclaimed “Spiritual Sketches” album, which is both a re-imagining of and a love letter to a musical tradition in which he was raised, features ten traditional spirituals arranged by Damien Sneed. In 2012, EMI released a recording of Rossini’s Stabat Mater, featuring Mr. Brownlee, Anna Netrebko, Joyce DiDonato, and Ildebrando d’Arcangelo, with Antonio Pappano leading the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia. Mr. Brownlee was also featured on a pair of DVDs: the Metropolitan Opera’s 2010 Live in HDrelay of Armida on Decca and Carmina Burana with Sir Simon Rattle leading the Berliner Philharmoniker on EuroArts/Opus Arte (a CD version of this performance exists on EMI Classics).

Other releases include an exploration of Rossini songs on Opera Rara; L’italiana in Algeri conducted by Alberto Zedda on Naxos; a live recording of Mayr’s Medea in Corinto from St. Gallen released by Oehms Classics; a DVD of the Metropolitan Opera’s 2009 production of La Cenerentola released by Deutsche Grammophon; his first solo disc on EMI Classics featuring Italian songs by Schubert, Verdi, Donizetti, Bellini, and Rossini, accompanied by Martin Katz; a live Il barbiere di Siviglia featuring Mr. Brownlee alongside Elīna Garanča, Giovanna Donadini, and Nathan Gunn on Sony; and a DVD of the world premiere of Lorin Maazel’s 1984 at Covent Garden on Decca.

Seattle

In addition to being a winner at the 2001 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Mr. Brownlee was named Seattle Opera’s 2008 Artist of the Year, received the Opera Company of Philadelphia’s 2007 Alter Award for Artistic Excellence, and was the winner of both the 2006 Marian Anderson and Richard Tucker Awards, a feat never before achieved by any artist in the same year. He participated in young artist programs at both the Seattle and Wolf Trap Operas. An Ohio native, Mr. Brownlee received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Anderson University and a Master of Music degree from Indiana University. He is a Life Member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc.

Experienced performances

Opera Roll Operahus Tid
Armida Rinaldo Metropolitan Operabio 2010
Puritanerna Lord Talbot Tivolis Konsertsal 10.8.2014
Askungen Don Ramiro Metropolitan Operabio 5.11.2014
Don Pasquale Ernesto San Francisco War Memorial Opera 3.10.2016

Metropolitan Opera

[Met Performance] CID:352006
Il Barbiere di Siviglia {561}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/26/2007
Debut: Lawrence Brownlee
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:352012
Il Barbiere di Siviglia {562}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/30/2007
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:352027
Il Barbiere di Siviglia {563}
Metropolitan Opera House; 05/05/2007
[Met Performance] CID:352035
Il Barbiere di Siviglia {564}
Metropolitan Opera House; 05/11/2007
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:353041 
La Cenerentola {30}
Metropolitan Opera House; 05/01/2009
Broadcast/Streamed
[Met Performance] CID:353053
La Cenerentola {31}
Metropolitan Opera House; 05/06/2009
Broadcast/Streamed
[Met Performance] CID:353056 
La Cenerentola {32}
Metropolitan Opera House; 05/09/2009
HD Simulcast
[Met Performance] CID:353369 
La Fille du Régiment {100}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/16/2010
Broadcast/Streamed
[Met Performance] CID:353384
Il Barbiere di Siviglia {584}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/26/2010
[Met Performance] CID:353397
Il Barbiere di Siviglia {586}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/04/2010
[Met Performance] CID:353483 
Metropolitan Opera Premiere
Armida {1}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/12/2010
Debut: Graciela Daniele, Yeghishe Manucharyan, Teele Ude
Broadcast/Streamed
Review
[Met Performance] CID:353494
Armida {2}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/16/2010
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:353497
Armida {3}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/19/2010
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:353506
Armida {4}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/22/2010
[Met Performance] CID:353516
Armida {5}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/27/2010
Broadcast/Streamed
[Met Performance] CID:353525 
Armida {6}
Metropolitan Opera House; 05/01/2010
HD Simulcast
[Met Performance] CID:353532
Armida {7}
Metropolitan Opera House; 05/04/2010
Debut: Jesse Marks
[Met Performance] CID:353538
Armida {8}
Metropolitan Opera House; 05/07/2010
[Met Performance] CID:353546
Armida {9}
Metropolitan Opera House; 05/11/2010
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:353552
Armida {10}
Metropolitan Opera House; 05/15/2010
[Met Performance] CID:353824 
Armida {11}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/18/2011
Debut: Jamie Verazin
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:353833
Armida {12}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/23/2011
[Met Performance] CID:353838
Armida {13}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/26/2011
[Met Performance] CID:353845
Armida {14}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/01/2011
Broadcast/Streamed
[Met Performance] CID:353853
Armida {15}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/05/2011
Broadcast
[Met Concert/Gala] CID:353876
National Council Grand Finals Concert
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/13/2011
First appearance: Ryan Speedo Green
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:354208 
La Fille du Régiment {103}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/12/2011
Debut: Christian Räth
Broadcast/Streamed
Review
[Met Performance] CID:354215
La Fille du Régiment {104}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/15/2011
[Met Performance] CID:354233
La Fille du Régiment {105}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/19/2011
[Met Performance] CID:354249 
La Fille du Régiment {106}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/24/2011
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:354265
La Fille du Régiment {107}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/29/2011
[Met Performance] CID:354268
La Fille du Régiment {108}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/02/2012
Broadcast/Streamed
[Met Performance] CID:354282
La Fille du Régiment {109}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/06/2012
[Met Concert/Gala] CID:355401
National Council Grand Finals Concert
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/30/2014
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:355442
I Puritani {51}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/17/2014
Debuts: Olga Peretyatko-Mariotti, Maksim Aniskin
Broadcast/Streamed
[Met Performance] CID:355447
I Puritani {52}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/22/2014
[Met Performance] CID:355460
I Puritani {53}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/26/2014
[Met Performance] CID:355466
I Puritani {54}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/29/2014
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:355469 
I Puritani {55}
Metropolitan Opera House; 05/03/2014
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:355480
I Puritani {56}
Metropolitan Opera House; 05/07/2014
[Met Performance] CID:355483
I Puritani {57}
Metropolitan Opera House; 05/10/2014
[Met Performance] CID:355634
Il Barbiere di Siviglia {608}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/18/2014
Debut: Yunpeng Wang
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:355643
Il Barbiere di Siviglia {609}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/22/2014
HD Simulcast
[Met Performance] CID:355656
Il Barbiere di Siviglia {610}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/26/2014
Broadcast/Streamed
[Met Performance] CID:355657
Il Barbiere di Siviglia {611}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/29/2014
[Met Performance] CID:355666
Il Barbiere di Siviglia {612}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/03/2014
[Met Performance] CID:355671
Il Barbiere di Siviglia {613}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/06/2014
Broadcast
[Met Concert/Gala] CID:355880
National Council Grand Finals Concert
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/22/2015
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:356180
La Donna Del Lago {9}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/11/2015
Broadcast/Streamed
[Met Performance] CID:356189
La Donna Del Lago {10}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/15/2015
[Met Performance] CID:356197 
La Donna Del Lago {11}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/19/2015
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:356204
La Donna Del Lago {12}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/22/2015
[Met Performance] CID:356210
La Donna Del Lago {13}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/26/2015
[Met Performance] CID:356554
Salome {158}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/05/2016
Debuts: Johannes Debus, Kang Wang, Nicholas Brownlee
Broadcast/Streamed
[Met Performance] CID:356558
Salome {159}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/09/2016
[Met Performance] CID:356562
Salome {160}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/13/2016
Debut: Kirsten Chambers
[Met Performance] CID:356566 
Salome {161}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/17/2016
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:356574
Salome {162}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/24/2016
[Met Performance] CID:356577
Salome {163}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/28/2016
[Met Concert/Gala] CID:357449
At Home Gala
Streaming live from around the world; 4/25/2020

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