Lawrence Brownlee

Season 18/19 Artist
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Lawrence Brownlee was born in Ohio and is considered to be one of today's finest bel canto tenors. In 2006, he was awarded the Marian Anderson and Richard Tucker Prize and in 2017 he was named “Singer of the Year” at the International Opera Awards and by Bachtrack. He has performed on some of the world’s most prestigious stages, including the New York Metropolitan Opera, Milan’s La Scala, the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London, the Vienna Staatsoper, the Paris Opera (L’Italiana in Algeri, Il barbiere di Siviglia), the Zurich Opera, the Berlin Staatsoper, the Teatro Real in Madrid, the Théâtre Royal de La Monnaie in Brussels as well as at the Salzburg and Baden-Baden Festivals. He has also appeared in concert with numerous world-class orchestras including the Berlin Philharmonic, the orchestra of the Accademia Santa Cecilia in Rome and the Bayerische Rundfunk Orchesta.
Lawrence Brownlee has also performed in several contemporary operas, including Lorin Maazel’s 1984 and, more recently, as the emblematic jazzman Charlie Parker in the world premiere of Yardbird at the Philadelphia Opera. His latest recording, Allegro io son, received the Critic’s Choice Award from Opera News and his previous album, Virtuoso Rossini Arias, earned him a nomination at the Grammy Awards. His other recordings include Il barbiere di Siviglia with the Bayerische Rundfunk Orchestra, Armida at the Metropolitan Opera, Rossini’s Stabat Mater with the Accademia Santa Cecilia in Rome, Carmina Burana with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as an album of spirituals entitled Spiritual Sketches with the pianist Damien Sneed. The duo has also performed at New York’s Lincoln Center as part of the American Songbook season.
During the 2017-2018 season, he made his debut appearance at Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu in Il viaggio a Reims, and then sang in Il barbiere di Siviglia and Le Comte Ory at the Zurich Opera, Semiramide at London’s Royal Opera House Covent Garden, I puritani at the Lyric Opera in Chicago, Der Rosenkavalier at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich and Don Pasquale at the Paris Opera. This season will also see the premiere of a cycle of melodies by Tyshawn Sorey based on the Terrance Hayes work, Cycles of My Being, commissioned by the Philadelphia Opera and Carnegie Hall which explores the reality of being a black male in today’s America (premiere on February 20).

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