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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Announcing Lawrence's 2016-2017 Season!

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Announcing Lawrence's 2016-2017 Season!

Brownlee will have an extended American presence, including performances at the Seattle Opera, San Francisco Opera (his debut) Washington National Opera, and Houston Grand Opera, plus a December 6 Carnegie performance with acclaimed producer Ray Chew

Lawrence will also spend some time in Europe, with performances at the English National Opera, Bayerische Staastoper, and Theatre Des Champs-Elysees among others

A new Delos Records album of Bellini and Donizetti arias will follow his Grammy-nominated recording of Virtuoso Rossini Arias

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Lawrence Brownlee brings Yardbird to New York's Apollo Theater with Opera Philadelphia

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Lawrence Brownlee brings Yardbird to New York's Apollo Theater with Opera Philadelphia

 “The tenor Lawrence Brownlee, a bel-canto star, sang with classy polish as Parker, showing how close scatting can be to Rossinian coloratura.”

- The New York Times

 

On April 1st, 2016, Lawrence Brownlee gave the New York premiere in the role of Charlie Parker in Yardbird, at New York's Apollo Theater, following his triumph in the World Premiere in Philadelphia last year. Yardbird is composed by Daniel Schnyder with a libretto by Bridgette A. Wimberly, co-commissioned by Opera Philadelphia and Gotham Chamber Opera.

This is the first time the Apollo Theater has ever put on opera on its stage, as well as its first partnership with Opera Philadelphia. The Apollo Theater also inducted Charlie Parker to its Walk of Fame to honor his contributions to jazz music and the African-American community. 

See below for more critical raves for Larry in this milestone performance!

 

More Praise for Yardbird:

“The opera is at its best in a series of arias, wide-ranging and frantically fast, in which Mr. Brownlee’s firm training in bel canto sent him vaulting over seemingly impossible vocal hurdles. Even though he’s a fixture singing star parts in Rossini and Bellini operas at the Met, this is by far the most complete and exciting performance of his I’ve heard, a star turn in the very best sense of the word.”

The Observer

 

“It’s easy to be hyperbolic about Brownlee, whose perfect phrasing and utterly reliable instrument usually relegate him to (the fittingly named) bel canto repertoire. But what normally constitutes overblown praise could be considered accurate in the case of Brownlee: his voice unfolds in one facile, brilliant line, clean and precise. Perfect.

Parterre Box

 

“Tenor Lawrence Brownlee, in the title role, had good flights of scat singing, and his sunny tenor voice parallels Parker's effortless lyricism and glistening vibrato that often rose above the mire of his life.

The Philadelphia Inquirer

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Lawrence and jazz pianist Jason Moran sing for life in a Harlem Crypt in new NPR video

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Lawrence and jazz pianist Jason Moran sing for life in a Harlem Crypt in new NPR video

Lawrence and jazz pianist/composer Jason Moran have collaborated on a music video for NPR’s Field Recordings series, shot in the crypt underneath the Church of the Intercession in Harlem. They chose to re-arrange the spiritual “There’s a Man Going ‘Round Taking Names,” using the old music to tell a troubling new story of violence and the Black Lives Matter movement that has arisen in recent years.

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