Lawrence Brownlee

Biography

Born: 1973; Youngstown, OH  
Something of a rarity in the early twenty-first century, tenor Lawrence Brownlee is best known for his finesse in bel canto roles; he also managed to be one of the few praiseworthy elements in the critically reviled 2005 premiere of Lorin Maazel's opera 1984. Brownlee routinely draws accolades for his elegant phrasing and his agility in high tessituras.

The Ohio native (born Larry Everston Brownlee, Jr.) took his undergraduate degree from
Read more Anderson University, obtained his master's from Indiana University, and participated in the Seattle Young Artists program. At age 28, he was an audience favorite at the 2001 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, where he sang Donizetti and Rossini. That season he made his debut at La Scala as Count Almaviva in Rossini's Il barbière di Siviglia. This success was soon followed by performances in works of like composers at regional American opera houses, as well as various houses in Italy and Switzerland. Two critics declared that he "stole the show" in a 2004 Washington Concert Opera performance of Rossini's La donna del lago, and he earned similarly positive critical receptions in ensuing appearances in works as diverse as Rossini's L'Italiana in Algeri, Catán's Florencia in the Amazon, and 1984. (Brownlee first worked with composer-conductor Maazel in a New York Philharmonic concert featuring excerpts from Gershwin's Porgy and Bess.) Seattle Opera snapped him up for lead roles over the course of several seasons, while Brownlee continues to perform on the international stage as well as in concert with such orchestras as the Detroit Symphony and Berlin Philharmonic. Although his opera repertoire is primarily limited to Handel, Mozart, Bellini, Donizetti, and Rossini, Brownlee has a wider concert list, including particularly the works of Britten. Read less
The Heart That Flutters / Lawrence Brownlee, Iain Burnside
Release Date: 05/28/2013   Label: Opus Arte  
Catalog: 9015   Number of Discs: 1
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Rosenblatt Recitals, Vol. 1 / Tynan, Brownlee, Siurina, Meli, Perez, Michaels-Moore [6-CD Set]
Release Date: 10/28/2014   Label: Opus Arte  
Catalog: 9027   Number of Discs: 6
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Browse 1-17 of 17 Available Recordings
  • 1.
    Rosenblatt Recitals, Vol. 1 / Tynan, Brownlee, Siurina, Meli, Perez, Michaels-Moore [6-CD Set]
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 9027 Release Date: 10/28/2014   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré,  Traditional,  Henri Duparc,  Franz Liszt  ... 
    Performer:  Ailish Tynan,  Iain Burnside,  Lawrence Brownlee,  Francesco Meli  ... 
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  • 2.
    Rossini: Virtuoso Arias / Lawrence Brownlee
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 3455 Release Date: 03/25/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini
    Performer:  Lawrence Brownlee
    Conductor:  Constantine Orbelian
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kansas City Symphony Orchestra
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    Orff: Carmina Burana / Rattle, Berlin Philharmonic [blu-ray]
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2053674 Release Date: 01/28/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Orff,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Sally Matthews,  Lawrence Brownlee,  Christian Gerhaher
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin Radio Chorus
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    Rossini: La Cenerentola / Garanca, Brownlee, Corbelli, Benini, Metropolitan Opera
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001833059 Release Date: 06/18/2013  
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini
    Performer:  Lawrence Brownlee,  Simone Alberghini,  Alessandro Corbelli,  Elina Garanca  ... 
    Conductor:  Maurizio Benini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Chorus,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
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    The Heart That Flutters / Lawrence Brownlee, Iain Burnside
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 9015 Release Date: 05/28/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Henri Duparc,  Franz Liszt,  Gaetano Donizetti  ... 
    Performer:  Lawrence Brownlee,  Iain Burnside
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    Essential Encores
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 05149 Release Date: 10/09/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Bazzini,  Niccolò Paganini,  Fritz Kreisler,  Jules Massenet  ... 
    Performer:  Maxim Vengerov,  Vag Papian,  Michael Rabin,  John Lenehan  ... 
    Conductor:  Wolfgang Sawallisch,  Rudolf Kempe,  Sir Thomas Beecham,  Mariss Jansons  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Virtuosi,  Nash Ensemble
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    Schubert: Lieder On Record (1898-2012) [17-CD Set]
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 27575 Release Date: 07/03/2012   Number of Discs: 17
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Peter Schreier,  Steven Zehr,  Thomas Hampson,  Wolfgang Sawallisch  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
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    Rossini: Armida / Frizza, Fleming, Brownlee, Osborn, Banks
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001522609 Release Date: 02/15/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini
    Performer:  Kobie van Rensburg,  Lawrence Brownlee,  Renée Fleming,  Barry Banks  ... 
    Conductor:  Riccardo Frizza
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
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    Rossini: Stabat Mater / Netrebko, DiDonato, Pappano
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 40529 Release Date: 12/07/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini
    Performer:  Lawrence Brownlee,  Joyce DiDonato,  Ildebrando D'Arcangelo,  Anna Netrebko
    Conductor:  Antonio Pappano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra,  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Chorus
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    Orff: Carmina Burana / Rattle, Berlin Philharmonic
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2053678 Release Date: 10/26/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Orff,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Sally Matthews,  Lawrence Brownlee,  Christian Gerhaher
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin Radio Chorus
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    Mayr: Medea In Corinto / Stern, Gierlach, Brownlee, Szmytka, Milhofer
    Label: Oehms   Catalog: 933 Release Date: 05/25/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giovanni Simone Mayr
    Performer:  Andrés Del Castillo,  Lawrence Brownlee,  Evelyn Pollock,  Elzbieta Szmytka  ... 
    Conductor:  David Stern
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Gallen Theater Opera Chorus,  St. Gallen Symphony Orchestra
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    Rossini: L'italiana In Algeri / Zedda, Pizzolato, Regazzo, Brownlee
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8660284-85 Release Date: 05/25/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini
    Performer:  Giulio Mastrototaro,  Lawrence Brownlee,  Elsa Giannoulidou,  Lorenzo Regazzo  ... 
    Conductor:  Alberto Zedda
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Virtuosi Brunensis,  Transylvania State Philharmonic Chorus
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    Rossini: La Cenerentola / Benini, Garanca, Brownlee, Metropolitan Opera
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001383109 Release Date: 01/12/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini
    Performer:  Lawrence Brownlee,  Alessandro Corbelli,  Elina Garanca,  Simone Alberghini  ... 
    Conductor:  Maurizio Benini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Chorus,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
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  • 14.
    Rossini: Songs / Delunsch, Larmore, Wyn-rogers, Brownlee
    Label: Opera Rara   Catalog: 247 Release Date: 01/12/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini
    Performer:  Malcolm Martineau,  Lawrence Brownlee,  Jennifer Larmore,  Catherine Wyn-Rogers  ... 
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    Best Encores 100
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 64752 Release Date: 02/24/2009   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Alexander Goedicke,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Teodor Grigoriu,  Ernesto De Curtis  ... 
    Performer:  Ole Edvard Antonsen,  Wolfgang Sawallisch,  Placido Domingo,  Cheryl Studer  ... 
    Conductor:  John Barker,  Asher Fisch,  Sir Andrew Davis,  Franz Welser-Möst  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  National Theater Opera Orchestra of Paris  ... 
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    Italian Songs / Lawrence Brownlee
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 86503 Release Date: 01/10/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Vincenzo Bellini,  Gaetano Donizetti  ... 
    Performer:  Lawrence Brownlee,  Martin Katz
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    Orff: Carmina Burana / Rattle, Berlin Po, Et Al
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 57888 Release Date: 01/25/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Orff
    Performer:  Lawrence Brownlee,  Christian Gerhaher,  Sally Matthews
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin State Boy's Choir,  Berlin Radio Chorus  ... 
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