Including performance runs with Gran Teatre del Liceu Barcelona (house debut), Opera Zürich, Royal Opera House London, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Bayerische Staatsoper, and Opéra National de Paris, and the premiere of a newly-commissioned song cycle centered around the black male experience in America, entitled Cycles of My Being
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!
"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."
"Tenor Lawrence Brownlee, outstanding as Parker, captures the emotional extremes of a musical genius pushing at artistic and social boundaries."
"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."
"...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."
"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."
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
Hackney Empire and English National Opera present the European Premiere of Charlie Parker's Yardbird. Lawrence will reprise his role as Charlie Parker in this presentation.
For his achievements throughout 2016, Lawrence Brownlee has been named Male Singer of the Year for the 2017 International Opera Awards, sponsored by Mazars.
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."
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."
"Lawrence Brownlee['s] silky tenor and naturalistic acting are key to a marathon role (Charlie Parker's Yardbird)."
[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."
"Brownlee seems at the height of his vocal powers."
Lawrence is honored and excited to join the amazing team at Opera Philadelphia, in the role of Artistic Advisor!
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:
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!
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.