Yardbird Triumphs in London!

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Yardbird Triumphs in London!

Earlier this month, Charlie Parker's YARDBIRD landed in London, with Lawrence receiving rave reviews and appearing on all of the major TV, Radio and newspaper outlets! See below for a sampling of the press coverage, and join us in congratulating our intrepid tenor extraordinaire!

 

REVIEWS

The Guardian

"Brownlee gives a performance of remarkable vocal and dramatic integrity in a taxing central role that rarely takes him from the stage during the opera’s unbroken 90-minute span, and his singing has wonderful colour and ease."

 

Financial Times – Review   ★★★

"Tenor Lawrence Brownlee, outstanding as Parker, captures the emotional extremes of a musical genius pushing at artistic and social boundaries."

 

 The Times – Review  ★★★

"You would be hard-pressed to find a new opera sung with more verve or virtuosity. Lawrence Brownlee’s performance in the title role is particularly striking. He is on stage almost throughout; and the stratospherically challenging vocal line written for him often emulates Parker’s own mercurially jagged alto-sax playing."

 

The Independent – Review  ★★★

"...Lawrence Brownlee – the Rossini tenor who was the work’s inspiration – doesn’t play his sax, his charismatic vocalism holds everything together with magnificent authority."

 

The Guardian – Review  ★★★★

"Brownlee sustains long, ecstatic vocal lines, the shapes of which cannily link jazz to bel canto..."

 

Backtrack – Review  ★★★★

" Lawrence Brownlee, Schnyder alludes, was part of the inspiration for the opera itself, and it’s not hard to see why: scatting and improvising with as much ease as he soared over the sonorous lyrical lines, Brownlee, normally known for his Rossini roles, was on outstanding form."

 

INTERVIEWS

BBC London, Robert Elms show - Interview with Lawrence Brownlee

BBC Front Row - Interview with Lawrence Brownlee

BBC Radio 3 Music Matters – Interview with Daniel Schnyder, Bridgette A. Wimberly and Lawrence Brownlee

Evening Standard – Comment piece

The Sunday Times - Feature

 

 

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Lawrence Brownlee returns to Chicago for Charlie Parker's Yardbird and a duet recital with Eric Owens

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Lawrence Brownlee returns to Chicago for Charlie Parker's Yardbird and a duet recital with Eric Owens

"The bright-voiced Brownlee displayed his bel canto bona fides by nailing the nine high C's...as if picking off ducks in a shooting arcade. Members of the crowd clapped along with the singing, clearly grateful to bask in the glow cast by two exceptional artists having a bang-up good time."

- Chicago Tribune

On April 9th, 2017, Lawrence Brownlee returned to Lyric Opera of Chicago to perform in the critically acclaimed Charlie Parkers' Yardbird as well as team up with bass-baritone Eric Owens, who stars as Wotan in Lyric’s Das Rheingold, for an afternoon of superb music-making.  

See below for critical raves of these performances below!

Recent Praise for Lawrence Brownlee:

"Es uno de los tenores más respetables del panorama internacional."

Plateau Magazine

"Lawrence Brownlee['s] silky tenor and naturalistic acting are key to a marathon role (Charlie Parker's Yardbird)."

Chicago Sun Times

[Brownlee's] ringing tenor and energetic style...his glance and big, wide-eyed smile included the whole audience." 

- Kansas City Star

"Buoyant and suave, with stunning high notes, Brownlee offered a fully invested and exciting performance."

- Hyde Park Herald

"Sunday, April 9th was yet another day of brilliant performances...a first-class treat."

Chicago Critic

 "Brownlee seems at the height of his vocal powers."

- Parterre Box

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2017 International Opera Awards Nominations

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2017 International Opera Awards Nominations

We are thrilled to announce that Lawrence has been nominated for two categories in the 2017 International Opera Awards: Best Male Singer and Recording (Solo Recital) for Allegro Io Son!

For the full list of categories and nominations, please visit:

http://www.operaawards.org/archive/2017/

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Official Launch of LBTV

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Official Launch of LBTV

We're excited to announce the launch of Lawrence's new TV News station LBTV! For our first segment, our intrepid field reporter L.B. Everston was on-scene at this past Sunday’s Richard Tucker Music Foundation2016 Gala at Carnegie Hall, asking the tough questions to some of opera’s biggest stars, including Ailyn Pérez, Javier Camarena, Jamie Barton and 2016 Tucker Award-winner Tamara Wilson. Enjoy, and we’ll see you next time on LBTV!

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A statement from Lawrence Brownlee on singing the NY Jets National Anthem

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A statement from Lawrence Brownlee on singing the NY Jets National Anthem

Sunday, October 23, 2016 — Please find below a statement from tenor Lawrence Brownlee on singing the National Anthem for today's New York Jets vs. Baltimore Ravens football game:

As I prepare to take the field to sing our National Anthem for the New York Jets vs. the Baltimore Ravens, I feel myself being torn in two different directions.

On one hand, I am honored to have been given the opportunity to sing the National Anthem today, as I have many times before. Being the son of a veteran, I know the power of the Anthem and how much it means to people like my father and those who love our great country, and how it was the last thing many soldiers sang as they gave their lives in battle fighting for the freedoms that we enjoy. And I am grateful for the fact I have far more opportunities to succeed today as a man of color than my ancestors who were alive when the Anthem was written.

And yet I cannot ignore how protests around the National Anthem have escalated as of late. My fellow Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity brother Colin Kaepernick began the movement by silently protesting the Anthem in hopes that the public discourse regarding race relations, police brutality and misconduct towards people of color would change. It is an act of protest which I agree with and support wholeheartedly, for while I remain hopeful that we as a people are gradually moving towards equality in all areas, I still believe that much needs to change in our society in regards to the policing and mistreatment of minorities.

I feel strongly that my singing career and the public stage it offers me must also bring with it a sense of responsibility, and a duty to do what is right. I asked myself whether or not I should sing or stand in silent solidarity.

But in the end I decided to use the voice that God has given me to sing – to sing with the conflicting emotions that pull at my heart…the honor, the pride, the frustration, the sadness…Colin Kaepernick’s message, the hope of my ancestors, and the sacrifice of those who gave their lives protecting our flag. 

And I will keep on singing until I can no longer do so.

-Lawrence Brownlee

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Larry's September Challenge & Autism Fundraiser

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Larry's September Challenge & Autism Fundraiser

JOIN LARRY'S SEPTEMBER CHALLENGE BY CLICKING HERE! 

As many of you know, my six-year-old son Caleb was diagnosed with Autism as a child, and as a result I've made it a personal mission to raise awareness and research funds for Autism. Additionally, my amazing father-in-law Kenny Wilson is going to do a Half-Ironman (1.2-mile swim, a 56-mile bike ride, and a 13.1-mile run) in order to raise money for Autism Speaks, and I'd like to help!

Following Kenny's remarkable example, I've been working to lose weight this year - 30 pounds down already, and 15 more to go! For the month of September, I'm going to go through The Whole30 diet plan (http://whole30.com/), and I'd love to have your support! 

I'm asking you to pledge a donation to Kenny for every pound I lose in September - if you pledge $5 per pound and I lose 5 pounds, then that's $25 to Autism research! You can join by filling out the form below, and then following my progress on my Facebook Page (http://bit.ly/2crmABt).

You can find the pledge form here: http://bit.ly/2c9aB72

You can also just donate directly to Kenny on his fundraising page here: http://bit.ly/2c4TUe4. And also feel free to join me in The Whole30 challenge, or just commit to living as healthfully as possible for the month of September (and beyond)!

Thanks so much for your support, and I'll see you at the gym!

-Larry

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