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Lawrence Brownlee



American tenor Lawrence Brownlee made his Royal Opera debut in 2005 as Syme (1984). He returns in the 2017/18 Season to sing Idreno (Semiramide).

Brownlee grew up in Ohio and studied at Anderson University and Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music. He participated in young artist programmes with Seattle Opera and Wolf Trap Opera, and made his professional stage debut in 2002 as Count Almaviva (Il barbiere di Siviglia) with Virginia Opera. He has since become a bel canto specialist, his roles including Lindoro (L’italiana in Algeri), Don Narciso (Il turco in Italia), Don Ramiro (La Cenerentola), Rinaldo (Armida), Giacomo/Uberto (La donna del lago), Idreno, the title role in Le Comte Ory, Ernesto (Don Pasquale), Nemorino (L’elisir d’amore), Tonio (La Fille du régiment) and Arturo (I puritani). He regularly appears with companies including the Metropolitan Opera, New York, Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, Seattle Opera, Vienna State Opera, Paris Opéra, Zürich Opera House, Bavarian State Opera and Berlin State Opera.

Brownlee’s other repertory includes Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni), Ferrando (Così fan tutte), Tamino (Die Zauberflöte) and Charlie Parker (Schnyder’s Charlie Parker’s Yardbird, written for Brownlee). His busy recital career has included a special bel canto concert curated by Joyce DiDonato at Carnegie Hall and a performance of spirituals with his regular collaborator Damien Sneed at the Lincoln Center. His large discography encompasses Lieder, song, concert works and opera.

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Recommended recordings: June 2013

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Recommended recordings: June 2013

June sees new releases from Aleksandra Kurzak and Piotr Beczala as well as a trio of Rosenblatt Recital recordings.