Once more, we shall be celebrating the passing of the old and the beginning of the New Year with musical fireworks: in December and January we will present our successful production of Rossini’s Le Comte Ory. Cecilia Bartoli will once again sing one of her classic roles as Comtesse Adèle. At her side, new in the title role, will be Lawrence Brownlee, one of the most successful bel canto tenors of the younger generation, who most recently caused a sensation at Zurich Opera House as Arturo in Bellini’s I puritani.
Of all opera composers, none glorified the human voice more than Bellini. His final opera was I Puritani, in which a soprano, tenor, baritone, and bass can truly revel in some of the most thrilling vocal music ever written. Opera companies produce this work only when they can cast fabulous singers with masterful techniques and superb style. Bellini places them within a sweeping historical drama in 17th-century England, in which a passionate young couple find themselves caught up in a conflict between opposing political factions.
Comic Opera in Three Acts
Grammy-nominated tenor Lawrence Brownlee captivates audiences and critics around the world, ushering in “a new golden age in high male voices” (The New York Times). Nominated Male Singer of the Year by the International Opera Awards, he has performed with the leading international opera houses, festivals and orchestras. His critically acclaimed discography and videography are testaments to his broad impact across the classical music world, with opera and concert works alongside African American spirituals. In his first appearance with Carolina Performing Arts, he performs opera arias, gospel, spirituals and showtunes.
Celebrated musicians, innovative theatre-makers, and acclaimed dancers—the crème de la crème of the performing arts world—converge upon the stages of the Franklin S. Harris Fine Arts Center in a dynamic new season of exhilarating performances. Join us as we explore the ways in which artists’ work intersects with one another and with us, the audience, and compels us to be moved, inspired, and transformed.
A recital program featuring Schumann’s Dichterliebe and a new American song cycle written for Mr. Brownlee.
Bass-baritone Eric Owens has a unique reputation as an esteemed interpreter
of classic works and a champion of new music. One of the most in-demand singers around the world, Lawrence Brownlee was recently nominated for “Male Singer of the Year” by the International Opera Awards. Don't miss this pair of operatic superstars!
Richardson Auditorium will transform into the Metropolitan Opera stage for an evening as the superstar tenor Lawrence Brownlee visits for a wonderfully imaginative program of songs. Brownlee has been called “one of the world’s leading bel canto tenors” (Associated Press) and his voice “an instrument of great beauty and expression” (NPR), and over the last five years he has taken the opera world by storm, performing at nearly every major opera house and alongside dozens of world-class orchestras. Recently, he has turned his attention to the urgent and painfully relevant topic of race relations in America, releasing a CD of spirituals and other songs that engage with his African-American roots, in tribute to Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, and the Black Lives Matter movement. His program here at Princeton will be half spirituals and half art song, delivered in his one-of-a-kind, glistening belt.
"The sheer beauty of his voice would be enough to please any listener, but his technical finesse, attention to the shape of every phrase, and emotional honesty make this collection . . . a must-have.” Brownlee has performed with nearly every leading international opera house and festival, as well as major orchestras, and with this concert makes his Krannert Center debut.
Experience the Music featuring some of your favorite melodies, and starring one of America’s leading tenors, Lawrence Brownlee, with artists from The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center of the Lyric Opera of Chicago, and the acclaimed Wheaton College Symphony Orchestra, Daniel Sommerville, conductor.
The New Yorker has praised Lawrence Brownlee’s “sweet tone, fastidious pitch, and poetic phrasing,” while NPR has described his voice as “an instrument of great beauty and expression.” Hear one of the leading voices of a new golden age of singing in an eagerly awaited recital.
“Foolish indeed is he who marries in old age.” Thus ends Don Pasquale: with a wise dictum not lacking in irony that sums up the disappointments of its hero, a rich bachelor keen to marry who is deceived by his nephew Ernesto and his young bride-to-be Norina. First performed in Paris in 1843, at the turning point of several eras, Don Pasquale, a composite and varied work, is the apotheosis of opera buffa. Performed for the first time at the Paris Opera, the production has been entrusted to the Italian director, Damiano Michieletto, who transports us directly to the sincerity and dramatic splendour at the heart of an apparently light‑hearted work.