The most in-demand American tenor in the world in the bel canto repertoire, Lawrence Brownlee continues to stupefy audiences with the power and agility of his instrument. From firmly American roots, Brownlee has become a star on the international scene, performing opposite the leading ladies of contemporary opera, and has been lauded continually for the seemingly effortless beauty of his voice. Mr. Brownlee has been featured in nearly every major theater in the world and enjoys a relationship with many prominent conductors and symphony orchestras. Operatic highlights of Mr. Brownlee’s career include: La Cenerentola in Milan, Houston, Philadelphia and the Metropolitan Opera; L’italiana in Algeri in Milan, Dresden, Boston, Houston and Seattle; Tonio in Daughter of the Regiment with Pittsburgh Opera; and the title role in the world premiere of Daniel Schnyder’s Charlie Parker’s Yardbird, a work written specifically for him.
“He sang with agility, elegance and Rossinian style, tossing off high notes and roulades … this was a winning performance for an increasingly important artist.”
—The New York Times
This performance is part of the Ben Holt Memorial Concert Series.
The Ben Holt Memorial Concert Series was established in 1992 by Dr. Dominique-René de Lerma, professor emeritus of music at the Lawrence Conservatory. Metropolitan Opera baritone Ben Holt died at the age of 34 from cancer. By the time of his death, he had accumulated numerous accolades as a performer of extraordinary artistry, further distinguished by his intense social concerns. The concert series established in his name provides performance opportunities on invitation to outstanding young professional minority artists who have promise of international careers.