Houstonia

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Houstonia

"Brownlee, in his role as the love-sick Nadir, was earnest and convincing, and his silky, gorgeous timbre in the the pianissimo sections “Oh divine ecstasy!” was among the vocal highlights of the night."

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Parterre

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Parterre

"The tenor role of Nadir, Zurga’s best friend, was played in outstanding fashion by Lawrence Brownlee, whose liquid tones perfectly suited the role."

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Houston Chronicle

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Houston Chronicle

"Making in his debut in the role, tenor Lawrence Brownlee brings real warmth to his early scene with Elliott and tenderness to his duets (on and offstage) with soprano Andrea Carroll’s Leïla."

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Houston Press

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Houston Press

"Brownlee, as Nadir, has no peer with this type of lyric tenor hero, where clarity and beauty of tone speaks pages.”

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Arts and Culture Texas

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Arts and Culture Texas

"Brownlee was able to give the character a flawless voice and a natural likeability. One of the foremost bel canto tenors on the scene today, his vibrant tone matched the youthful passion of his character."

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WCRB's 2018 In Concert of the Year

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WCRB's 2018 In Concert of the Year

“It was one of those special nights you hope every concert will be, where everything just clicks…Lawrence Brownlee gave a performance that left no doubt as to why he’s one of the best tenors in the world.”

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Olyrix

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Olyrix

"His romantic phrases are very lyrical and effortless in every register, and his charming smile adds to his sparkling high notes."

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Epoch Times

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Epoch Times

”Do I believe in fate? I do. I think you can take advantage of fate with hard work; I don’t think that fate without preparation works,” says Lawrence Brownlee, one of the most in-demand male voices in opera. A practical statement, to be sure, but Brownlee soon revealed he was skeptical about the start of his own journey.

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Trouw - Netherlands

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Trouw - Netherlands

“Brownlee and Spyres are tenors who are out of this world, for whom really no C goes too high. They beautifully matched the sound of the resonant Residentie Orkest and conductor Michael Balke.”

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NRC-Netherlands

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NRC-Netherlands

The famous opera podiatrists applaud American Lawrence Brownlee for his honeyed, shimmering belcanto tones , which will be heard for the first time in the Concertgebouw next Wednesday. But those notes, he says, only embody one side of his soul. The black tenor puts his fame and also votes for the Black Lives Matter movement. As artistic advisor to the opera in Philadelphia, he was a driving force behind the emergence of two modern-classical pieces that reflect the raw black reality in America: the opera Yardbird , about saxophonist Charlie Parker, and the song series Cycles of My Being , about the murder of a black man in a police cell.”

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Res Musica

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Res Musica

"As a teenager addicted to his phone, Lawrence Brownlee is remarkably natural in the role of Ernesto. One will never sufficiently underline the elegance of this singer, too rare on Parisian stages. All is fluid, linked, clear and direct, with beautiful colors that aptly translate the emotions of adolescence."

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Toute la Culture

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Toute la Culture

"A true revelation in this Don Pasquale, Lawrence Brownlee enchants us throughout the opera and even in a teenager's sweatshirt and cap he moves us with "Povero Ernesto!" as well as the distant "Com'e gentil a Notte," sung backstage."

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Opera Online

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Opera Online

“The American tenor Lawrence Brownlee is an Ernesto with a warm and soft timbre...he excels in his serenade.”

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Olyrix

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Olyrix

“Lawrence Brownlee is an Ernesto with clear high notes, exalted in a full voice and soft in a mixed voice. The timbre is rich and warm, notably in the medium and the neat legato. When low, the timbre is full-bodied and pleasant. His light vibrato maintains a contained and regular rhythm. His phrasing most often shows his courage, but he's able to become delicate in his duo with Nadine Sierra.”

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Concert Classic

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Concert Classic

"For his part, Lawrence Brownlee constitutes the evening's lovely surprise, Ernesto propelled by a delightful, diaphanous di grazia tenor voice."

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Daily Herald

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Daily Herald

“His artistic presentation, emotional face and unbeatable charm complemented the beautiful tone and amazing range of his voice. Brownlee impressed the audience with his long, high notes, especially at the triumphal ending of the aria. What a great high C!”

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Broadway World

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Broadway World

“The warmth and vibrancy of his voice fit the needs of the music exquisitely [in the Dichterliebe]…in [Cycles] the singer absolutely commanded the stage and sounded gorgeous even in the most dissonant sections.”

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Berkshire Fine Arts

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Berkshire Fine Arts

“A new Brownlee emerged as he sung these songs. A brilliant edge was added to the lovely lyricism of the voice we have come to know. Anguish, desperation, and sadness are all painted in his darker tones, often richly textured in the lower registers.”

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