Lawrence Brownlee

Tenor

Biography

Hailed by the Associated Press as one of “the world’s leading bel canto tenors,” American-born Lawrence Brownlee captivates audiences and critics around the world. His voice, praised by NPR as “an instrument of great beauty and expression…perfectly suited to the early nineteenth century operas of Rossini and Donizetti,” has ushered in “a new golden age in high male voices” (The New York Times). In 2017, he received the Male Singer of the Year award from both the International Opera Awards and Bachtrack. His recording of Virtuoso Rossini Arias was nominated for a GRAMMY™ Award, and prompted New Yorker critic Alex Ross to ask “is there a finer Rossini tenor than Lawrence Brownlee?”

The 2017-18 season starts with operas of Rossini, beginning with his house debut at the Gran Teatre del Liceu Barcelona in Il Viaggio A Reims, followed by Semiramide at the Royal Opera House in London, and Le Comte Ory with Opernhaus Zürich.  He will sing Bellini’s I Puritani in a return to Lyric Opera of Chicago, Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier at the Bayerische Staatsoper (including a concert performance at Carnegie Hall), Donizetti’s Don Pasquale at Opéra National de Paris, and will join bass Eric Owens for a duo concert with the Celebrity Series of Boston.

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Reviews

“With his sweet tone, fastidious pitch, and poetic phrasing, Brownlee made familiar fare sound intriguingly fresh, banishing, for a moment, the ghosts of Caruso and Pavarotti.”

Alex Ross

The New Yorker

“He sang with agility, elegance and Rossinian style, tossing off high notes and roulades…this was a winning performance for an increasingly important artist.”

Anthony Tommasini

The New York Times

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“With his sweet tone, fastidious pitch, and poetic phrasing, Brownlee made familiar fare sound intriguingly fresh, banishing, for a moment, the ghosts of Caruso and Pavarotti. ”

Alex Ross, The New Yorker

“He sang with agility, elegance and Rossinian style, tossing off high notes and roulades…this was a winning performance for an increasingly important artist.”

Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times

“Mr. Brownlee won a deserved ovation for his beautifully vocalized and expressive singing of a concert aria, “Misero! o sogno… Aura che intorni spiri,” and a melting account of “Un’ aura amorosa” from Così Fan Tutte.”

Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times

“And there’s no better Rossini tenor today than Brownlee. The musical filigree that Almaviva has to maneuver through is so difficult to bring off without sounding winded that HGO added his final aria to “happy marriage” that’s usually cut in performance because nobody else but Brownlee can sing it. He sailed through it with sweet, powerful joy.”

D.L. Groover, Houston Press

“And tenor Lawrence Brownlee, all too rarely showcased on record, will have done his reputation no end of good with this finely, sensitively modulated showing.”

James Inverne, Gramophone

“Lawrence Brownlee, stylish and sweet-toned, is similarly untroubled by the high D flat in his aria’s precipitate dying fall.”

Richard Osborne, Gramophon

“While the judges deliberated, the tenor Lawrence Brownlee, fresh from his successful run in the Met’s production of Rossini’s Armida and a Met National Council Auditions winner 10 years ago, sang splendid accounts of Nadir’s confession of love from Bizet’s Pearl Fishers and the showstopper ‘Ah! mes amis’ from Donizetti’s Fille du Régiment, complete with ringing, effortless high Cs.”

Anthony Tommasini, New York Times