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FULL Classic Talk with Bing & Dennis Interview Lawrence Brownlee 2018

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  • Published by: Classic Talk with Bing & Dennis  
  • Date Published: 2018  
  • Format: Streaming
  • Quality Video: 4 Audio:4
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Lawrence Brownlee (born November 24, 1972) is an American operatic tenor particularly associated with the bel canto repertoire. Describing his voice, Speight Jenkins, general director of the Seattle Opera, said: “There are other singers that sing this repertory very well, but I don’t think anyone else has quite as beautiful a sound and as rounded a tone,” and praise his “incredible top notes”, adding about his high F (F5) in “Credeasi, misera”: “With him it’s not a scream, it’s a beautiful sound.” Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato adds: “He is always in service of the music. His natural instrument is just incredibly beautiful. The word ‘honey’ comes to mind. He also has technical prowess and agility.”

Brownlee’s professional stage debut took place in 2002 as Almaviva in Rossini’s The Barber of Seville with Virginia Opera.Brownlee made his Metropolitan Opera debut in a new production of Il Barbiere di Siviglia in 2007. The role has since become one of his most recognizable and famous. He has subsequently appeared in Il Barbiere in Vienna, Milan, Berlin, Madrid, Dresden, Munich, Baden-Baden, Hamburg, Tokyo, New York, Washington, San Diego, Seattle, and Boston. Brownlee’s career highlights include performances of  The Barber of Seville at the Vienna State Opera, the Boston Lyric Opera and Madrid’s Teatro Real. He has appeared in Rossini’s L’italiana in Algeri and La Cenerentola at Milan’s La Scala, as Belfiore in Rossini’s Il viaggio a Reims in Brussels, and as Tonio in Donizetti’s La fille du régiment at the Cincinnati Opera. He has also received acclaim in Rossini’s Armida, alongside Renée Fleming, in the famously challenging role of Tonio in La fille du régiment, and as Arturo in I puritani at the Metropolitan Opera. In 2014 Brownlee, Juan Diego Flórez, and Javier Camarena were called “The Three Tenors,” and said to “represent a new golden age in high male voices and in the singular thrill of their top notes.”

In concert, Brownlee has performed in Handel’s Messiah with the Houston Symphony and the San Francisco Symphony. He has given recitals under the auspices of the Marilyn Horne Foundation, and was featured in one of that Foundation’s Gala Concerts at Lincoln Center. In May 2010, Brownlee performed a concert with mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves in the United States Supreme Court Building for the Supreme Court justices. He also gives recitals with selections from his Spiritual Sketches album with Damien Sneed, new arrangements of traditional music, including for an NPR “Tiny Desk Concert”.

Brownlee created the role of Syme in Lorin Maazel’s opera 1984 in its world premiere at London’s Royal Opera House on May 3, 2005. In 2015, he performed the role of Charlie Parker in the premiere of Daniel Schnyder’s opera Yardbird at Opera Philadelphia. In 2018, Brownlee premiered Cycles of My Being, commissioned by Opera Philadelphia, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and Carnegie Hall, composed by Tyshawn Sorey and poetry by Terrance Hayes. This song cycle centers on what it means to be a black man living in America today; in 2020 it was made into a film with Opera Philadelphia and released on their digital channel.

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