Lawrence Brownlee was born in Ohio and is considered to be one of the greatest tenors of bel canto today. A graduate of the University of Indiana, he won the Grand Prize at the Metropolitan Opera’s National Council Auditions in 2001 and was named “Singer of the Year” at the 2017 International Opera Awards. 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.
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. In February 2018, he appeared in the world premiere production of Cycles of My Being by the composer Tyshawn Sorey based on the writings of Terrance Hayes at the Philadelphia Opera. Last season, he made his debut appearance at Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu in Il viaggio a Reims (Count Libenskof).
He then sang the roles of Idreno (Semiramide) at London’s Royal Opera House, the title role in Le Comte Ory at the Zürich Opera, Arturo in I puritani at the Lyric Opera in Chicago, the Italian Singer in Der Rosenkavalier at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich and Ernesto (Don Pasquale) at the Paris Opera. His latest recording, Allegro io son, received the Critic’s Choice Award from Opera News. 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 and an album of spirituals entitled Spiritual Sketches with the pianist Damien Sneed. The duo also performed at Lincoln Center as part of the American Songbook series.
Nadir (Les Pêcheurs de perles) in Houston, Gualtiero (Il Pirata) at the Grand Théâtre in Geneva, Elvino (La Sonnambula) in Zürich, and Arturo (I puritani) in Liège.