Lawrence Brownlee

Born in Ohio, Lawrence Brownlee was recognised to be “one of the greatest tenors of bel canto” by the Associated Press. He obtained a Masters in Music from the University of Indiana and was awarded First Prize at the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in 2001. He was recently nominated in the “Singer of the Year” category at the International Opera Awards. He has performed with numerous world class orchestras (The Berlin and New York Philharmonic Orchestras, the Chicago, Boston and San Francisco Symphony Orchestras, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Accademia Santa Cecilia in Rome, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Bayerische Rundfunk Orchestra) and 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, The Barber of Seville), 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. Lawrence Brownlee has also performed in several contemporary operas, including Lorin Maazel’s 1984 and, more recently, as the emblematic jazz man, Charlie Parker in the world premiere of Yardbird at the Philadelphia Opera. This season, his talents have been put to use in numerous productions, including Carmina burana with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra at the Hollywood Bowl, Berlioz’s Requiem at the Edinburgh Festival, La Cenerentola at the Chicago Opera, and La Donna del lago at the Metropolitan Opera. His most recent recording, Virtuoso Rossini Arias, earned him a nomination at the Grammy Awards. His other recordings include The Barber of Seville 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.

Projects: Salvini (Bellini’s Adelson e Salvini) at the Barbican Centre in London, Arturo (i puritani) at the Zurich Opera, and Ferrando (Così fan tutte) at the Accademia Santa Cecilia in Rome.  

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