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Lawrence Brownlee, tenor


Named 2017 “Male Singer of the Year” by both the International Opera Awards and Bachtrack, American-born Lawrence Brownlee has been hailed by the Associated Press as one of “the world’s leading bel canto tenors.” Brownlee captivates audiences and critics around the world, and his voice has been praised by NPR as “an instrument of great beauty and expression… perfectly suited to the early nineteenth century operas of Rossini and Donizetti,” ushering in “a new golden age in high male voices” (The New York Times). Brownlee also serves as Artistic Advisor at Opera Philadelphia, helping the company to expand their repertoire, diversity efforts, and community initiatives.

One of the most in-demand singers around the world, Brownlee has performed with nearly every leading international opera house, opera company, and festival, as well as major orchestras. His latest album, Allegro Io Son, received a Critic’s Choice from Opera News, among numerous other accolades, and followed his previous Grammy-nominated release on Delos Records, Virtuoso Rossini Arias, which prompted New Yorker critic Alex Ross to ask “is there a finer Rossini tenor than Lawrence Brownlee?” The rest of his critically acclaimed discography and videography is a testament to his broad impact across the classical music scene. His opera and concert recordings include Il barbiere di Siviglia with the Bayerische Rundfunk Orchestra, Armida at the Metropolitan Opera, Rossini’s Stabat Mater with Academia di Santa Ceciliaand Carmina Burana with the Berlin Philharmonic. He also released a disc of African-American spirituals entitled Spiritual Sketches with pianist Damien Sneed, which the pair performed at Lincoln Center’s American Songbook series, and which NPR praised as an album of “soulful singing” that “sounds like it’s coming straight from his heart to yours.”

Brownlee is the fourth of six children and first discovered music when he learned to play bass, drums, and piano at his family’s church in Youngstown, Ohio. He was awarded a Masters of Music from Indiana University and went onto win a Grand Prize in the 2001 Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions. Alongside his singing career, Brownlee is an avid salsa dancer, accomplished photographer, football fan, and champion for autism awareness.

"…in demand around the globe, a favorite of music lovers at the most prestigious venues for classical music."

-Seattle Times

Lawrence Brownlee, tenor; Eric Owens, bass-baritone; Craig Terry, piano

Friday, February 22, 2019 - 7:30 PM

Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, 300 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

The Program

A program featuring one half of opera arias by Mozart, Donizetti, Verdi, Gounod, and Bizet and one half of traditional spirituals, American popular songs, and gospel favorites.

Pre-concert lecture w/ Cori Ellison at 6:30 pm


Lawrence Brownlee will give a master class for students at Temple University (Rock Hall) on Thursday, February 21, 4-6 pm.

Eric Owens will give a master class for students at the University of Pennsylvania (location TBD) on Thursday, February 21, 4-6 pm.

No old concerts

The Wall Street Journal

“Lawrence Brownlee grew up singing gospel and is now one of the world’s top bel canto tenors.”

Seattle Times

“…in demand around the globe, a favorite of music lovers at the most prestigious venues for classical music.”

NPR Music

“An instrument of great beauty and expression...Perfectly suited to the early nineteenth century operas of Rossini and Donizetti.”

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