Lawrence Brownlee

Lawrence Brownlee is a leading figure in opera, both as a singer on the world's top stages, and as a voice for activism and diversity in the industry. Captivating audiences and critics around the globe, he has been hailed as “an international star in the bel canto operatic repertory” (The New York Times), “one of the world’s leading bel canto stars” (The Guardian), and “one of the most in-demand opera singers in the world today” (NPR). Brownlee’s 21-22 season includes his role debut in the title role of Rameau’s Platée with Opéra National de Paris, Don Ramiro in La Cenerentola with Wiener Staatsoper, and Lindoro in L’italiana in Algeri with Opernhaus Zürich. Brownlee’s concert appearances include his participation in Washington National Opera’s “Come Home: A Celebration of a Return” concert to open The Kennedy Center’s 50th Anniversary Season and marking a return to live performance, and several duo recitals including his “Amici e Rivali” album program with Michael Spyres for Opera Philadelphia, 92Y, a recital with tenor and Operalia winner Levy Sekgapane in Toulouse, France, and in concert with star soprano Pretty Yende with the Würth Philharmoniker. In Fall 2021 Brownlee also releases a holiday mixtape with neo-classical pianist BLKBOK called “Angels Watching Over Me”. In spring 2021, Brownlee joined The Juilliard School as a Distinguished Visiting Faculty Member. He serves as artistic advisor for Opera Philadelphia, where his responsibilities include increasing and expanding audience diversity, advocating for new works, and liaising with the General Director from the perspective of a performing artist. “As an artist, I think it is important that we are actively advocating for this beautiful art form we love so much,” said Brownlee, “ensuring that it will be alive and well for many years to come.” Mr. Brownlee also serves as an Ambassador for Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Lyric Unlimited, and is an Ambassador for Opera for Peace. Highlights of Brownlee’s most recent past seasons include at least one new role debut for each season. For 2020- 21 he had his role debut as Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor at New National Theatre Tokyo. In 2019-20 he added Fernand to his repertoire in a new production of Donizetti’s La Favorite with Houston Grand Opera.