Lawrence Brownlee speaks to NPR's All Things Considered about Cycles of My Being

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Lawrence Brownlee speaks to NPR's All Things Considered about Cycles of My Being

"The experiences of black men in America today are making their way onto the classical concert stage, thanks to internationally acclaimed tenor Lawrence Brownlee. Brownlee enlisted the help of two other prominent African-American artists, composer Tyshawn Sorey and poet Terrance Hayes.

The three hope that the work, called Cycles of My Being, will open some eyes. Brownlee is touring the song cycle across the U.S. in the coming weeks, including a performance at New York's Carnegie Hall."

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SPRING 2018 RECITAL TOUR DATES

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SPRING 2018 RECITAL TOUR DATES

Larry will have a recital tour this spring that includes San Francisco, Boston, Princeton, and more, with numerous performances featuring his groundbreaking new song cycle Cycles of My Being, composed by Tyshawn Sorey with lyrics by Terrance Hayes.

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Lawrence Brownlee speaks to The New York Times about Cycles of My Being

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Lawrence Brownlee speaks to The New York Times about Cycles of My Being

"When Carnegie Hall came calling in 2016, asking the tenor Lawrence Brownlee to plan a recital, he knew he wanted to include a classic German song cycle. Schumann’s “Dichterliebe” was high on his list. But what to perform alongside it?

That year, Mr. Brownlee, an international star in the bel canto operatic repertory, sang an arrangement of the African-American spiritual “There’s a Man Going ‘Round Taking Names” with the jazz pianist Jason Moran. Conceived as an artistic statement in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement, the performance lingered in Mr. Brownlee’s mind, and helped him answer the question of what he should sing at Carnegie."

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Lawrence Brownlee featured in the Guardian

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Lawrence Brownlee featured in the Guardian

"Babbling brooks, young love, broken hearts: standard topics for classical song cycles from Schubert onward, and for most opera singers a key part of their concert hall careers. Not for the 45-year-old US tenor Lawrence Brownlee, one of the world’s leading bel canto stars. He has never yet sung any of these standard repertoire works. He wanted material he could relate to. US urban not European pastoral, a reek of the blues, a snarl of reality. Why not the story of a black man murdered in police custody?..."

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Lawrence Brownlee will premiere new song cycle entitled "Cycles of My Being"

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Lawrence Brownlee will premiere new song cycle entitled "Cycles of My Being"

“In these divided times, we hope to create something that brings people together with mutual respect, understanding, and communication across races and generations.” — Lawrence Brownlee

Lawrence Brownlee will premiere a new song cycle entitled "Cycles of My Being," composed by Tyshawn Sorey with lyrics by Terrance Hayes. The piece will look at what it means to be an African American man living in America today.

The world premiere will be at Opera Philadelphia's Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts on February 20, followed by a performance on February 22 at Lyric Opera of Chicago, and then at Carnegie Hall on April 24.

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Lawrence Announces his 2017-18 Season

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Lawrence Announces his 2017-18 Season

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 

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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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