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.
Lawrence Brownlee will sing the National Anthem for the Sunday afternoon game between the New York Jets and the Baltimore Ravens on October 23rd. His performance will take place at around 12:55PM, be sure to tune in!
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!
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