Opera Review: Washington National Opera’s “The Barber of Seville”
From The Washington Post, September 14 2009
Brownlee, already familiar in Washington, brings a beautiful high voice with a heroic warm quality that makes it clear why people suspect there may be a lyric tenor (a slightly larger vocal type than a coloratura) lurking inside. He can do the showy fireworks that the role requires with aplomb, as he displayed in the tour de force eight-minute final aria, ‘Cessa di più resistere,’ which was every bit the show-stopper it needs to be. But almost more exciting than his long chains of florid notes was the simple sound of his voice, which is ardent and warm.