Lawrence Brownlee (Tenor)
Born: 1972, Youngstown, Ohio
Artist's website: https://www.lawrencebrownlee.com/
American tenor Lawrence Brownlee was born in Ohio in 1972 and specialises in high-lying bel canto roles. He studied in Indiana and made his professional operatic debut with Virginia Opera as Count Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia, which would become one of his signature-roles – he has since performed it at houses including the Metropolitan Opera, the Teatro Real, the Wiener Staatsoper and the Opéra Nationale de Paris. He is also in great international demand for roles including Rossini’s Ramiro (La cenerentola), Idreno (Semiramide), Giacomo (La donna del lago) and Le Comte Ory, Donizetti’s Tonio La fille du régiment) and Ernesto ( Don Pasquale), Arturo in Bellini’s I puritani, and - beyond bel canto – the Italian Singer in Strauss’s Der rosenkavalier, Ferrando in Cosi fan tutte, and the tenor part in Orff’s Carmina burana.
Brownlee’s discography includes The Heart that Flutters (a programme of Duparc, Liszt, Ginastera, Donizetti and other with pianist Iain Burnside, praised as ‘a recital of many delights’ International Record Review), Antonio Pappano’s award-winning 2010 recording of Rossini’s Stabat Mater (‘Brownlee avoids vocal preening and makes sure we can still sense the text’s grieving mother’ – The Times), and Allegro io son (a collection of bel canto arias with the Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra)) on Delos.
Further Reading: Lawrence Brownlee
The two American tenors trade vocal fireworks in a thrilling all-Rossini programme which pays homage to Andrea Nozzari and Giovanni David, who created major roles in several of the composer's operas for Naples.
The American tenor talks to Katherine about today's Recording of the Week Amici e Rivali, which sees him exploring friendship and rivalry in Rossini's Neapolitan operas with his compatriot Michael Spyres.