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Overview Lawrence Brownlee is one of the great voices of our 5me,

cap5va5ng audiences and cri5cs around the world. He is a fixture at the leading interna5onal opera houses and major orchestra halls, and his concerts have been broadcast to millions. He has performed for the U.S. Vice President and Secretary of State, the French President and Prime Minister, many NFL teams and more. Last year he was nominated for both a GRAMMY Award and the Interna5onal Opera Awards “Male Singer of the Year.” Brownlee has been profiled in ever major U.S. newspaper, and has been featured on PBS, NPR, Sirius Radio, American Public Media and other na5onal outlets.

Media Quotes

Media Quotes |

Is there a finer Rossini tenor than Lawrence Brownlee?

“One of the world’s leading bel canto tenors” – Associative Press “He’s in demand around the globe, a favorite of music lovers at the most prestigious venues for classical music.” - The Seattle Times “Tenor Lawrence Brownlee, 43, is at the top of his game.” - San Francisco Classical Voice

The New Yorker's Alex Ross

A star tenor...who has made a specialty of difficult bel canto roles The New York Times

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Lawrence Brownlee brought gorgeous sound and sparkling diction to his program of Italian and American songs. Washington Post

Lawrence Brownlee is many things: an international opera star, a serious hobbyist-photographer, an avid tennis and table tennis player, a fantasy football junkie. - Chicago Tribune He's what you would call a great Rossini tenor...this is stratospheric tenor territory - Peter Gelb, MET's general manager Mr. Brownlee's ascent in the opera world has been equally dizzying. - Wall Street Journal

Awards 2015 Interna2onal Opera Awards Nominee

Nominated for “Male Singer of the Year” by the Interna5onal Opera Awards.
 Virtuoso Rossini Arias (Delos)

2015 Grammy Award Nominee

Most recent recording of Virtuoso Rossini Arias was nominated for a GRAMMY™ Award.

Awards |

2006 Richard Tucker Grant Award

Aria Award

2001 Metropolitan Opera Na2onal Council Audi2ons Grand Winner

SeaDle Opera Ar2st Of The Year

Marian Anderson Award

Anderson University Dis2nguished Alumni Award

Biography Hailed by the Associated Press as one of “the world’s leading bel canto tenors,” American-born Lawrence Brownlee cap5vates audiences and cri5cs 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 DonizeU,” has brought him to the top of opera world, ushering in “a new golden age in high male voices” (The New York Times). His most recent recording of Virtuoso Rossini Arias was nominated for a GRAMMY™ Award, and prompted New Yorker cri5c Alex Ross to ask “is there a finer Rossini tenor than Lawrence Brownlee?” One of the most in-demand singers around the world, Brownlee was recently nominated for “Male Singer of the Year” by the Interna5onal Opera Awards. He has performed with nearly every leading interna5onal opera house, fes5val, and major orchestra around the world. Broadcasts of his operas and concerts – including his 2014 Bas5lle Day performance in Paris, aaended by the French President and Prime Minister - have been enjoyed by millions. His cri5cally acclaimed discography and videography, which includes GRAMMY-nominated Virtuoso Rossini Arias and his recent release bel canto orchestral recital album Allegro Io Son, 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 Cecilia, and Carmina Burana with the Berlin Philharmonic. He also released a disc of African-American spirituals en5tled 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.”

Recent Press

Recent Press |

The Wall Street

The New York Times

By Jennifer Smith

By Stephen Holden

“Lawrence Brownlee grew up

“Anyone unfamiliar with the tradi5onal

singing gospel and is now one of

African-American spirituals that the

the world’s top bel canto tenors”

great opera5c tenor Lawrence

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Brownlee performed on Wednesday at the Allen Room can be forgiven for mistaking them for concert art songs.” Read More Here

Chicago Tribune

The Washington Post

By John von Rhein

By Joan Reinthaler

“Lawrence Brownlee is many

“Tenor Lawrence Brownlee brought

things: an international opera

gorgeous sound and sparkling dic5on to

star, a serious hobbyist-

his program of Italian and American songs

photographer, an avid tennis and

at the Barns at Wolf Trap on Friday.” 

table tennis player, a fantasy

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football junkie…” Read More Here

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The New York Post

Seattle Times

By Associated Press

By Thomas May

“Jets’ na5onal anthem singer

“…in demand around the globe, a

wrestles with kneeling.”

favorite of music lovers at the most

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pres5gious venues for classical music.” Read More Here

Opera News

San Fransisco Chronicle

By Joanne Sydney Lessner

By Joshua Kosman

"It's hard to imagine a collection

“…one of the most gifed bel canto tenors

of spirituals more artfully and

of our day.”

impassionedly performed than

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Recent Press |

Essence Magazine


By Penny Wrenn

By Allison Kinney

“When singer Lawrence Brownlee visits his childhood church in Youngstown, Ohio, you’d think the congrega5on would expect him to render a note-bending, run-filled hymnal.”
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“Everybody who loves opera should be grateful for the success of such extraordinary ar5sts as Brownlee. Yet it’s impossible not to wonder about even a superstar’s vulnerability. “ Read More Here

Fatherly The Daily Beast By Shawn E. Milnes

“Rou5ne Behavior is a series where we talk to guys who successfully juggle businesses, careers,

“You’re not going to have a jazz

and paren5ng about the rou5nes that keep them

experience per se but I think you

on track. Up next is Lawrence Brownlee, an

will have great insight into the life

opera singer whose tenor has merited Grammy

of Charlie Parker and have a beaer

nomina5ons and the ‘Male Singer of the Year’

respect for his music and legacy

Interna5onal Opera Award.”

and what he’s done.”

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A die-hard Piasburgh Steelers and Ohio State football fan, Brownlee has sung the Na5onal Anthem at numerous NFL games. He was born just an hour away from Piasburgh and in the 70’s when the Steelers had an amazing roster.

Affilia5ons |

 Speaks He is a champion for au5sm awareness through the organiza5on Au5sm Speaks. His son Caleb was diagnosed as au5s5c at 2 and a half years old. He is making a lot of progress and this is very close to his heart. 

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He is a life5me member of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity Inc., a historically black fraternity commiaed to social ac5on and empowerment. He is a former student of Indiana University where he became a member of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity. He wanted to join the Alpha chapter but a graduate student is not permiaed to join an undergraduate chapter. However, the Alpha chapter unoďŹƒcially adopted him.

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NPR Tiny Desk Concert Lawrence sings an inBmate set of spirituals, including a rendiBon of “All Day, All Night” dedicated to his son Caleb.

Featured Videos

NPR Field Recordings

ROSSINI Oh Fiamma Soave

A haunGng arrangement of the spiritual “There’s A

From La Donna del Lago | Metropolitan Opera | Dec 2015

Man Goin’ Round Taking Names” with pianist Jason Moran in a Harlem Crypt, in solidarity with the Black Lives MaNer movement.

Na7onal Anthem

DONIZETTI Ah mes amis!

A powerful version of the NaBonal

From La Fille du Régiment | London | May 2010

Anthem for the New York Jets vs. the

On this evening Lawrence Brownlee performed songs and

BalBmore Ravens football teams.

arias by composers including Mozart, Duparc, Rossini, Liszt and DonizeR, accompanied by pianist Iain Burnside.

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