Lawrence Brownlee

(Youngstown, Ohio)

201617 Season: Ernesto in Don Pasquale

Making his San Francisco Opera stage debut as Ernesto in Don Pasquale, tenor Lawrence Brownlee has sung with nearly every leading international opera house and festival, as well as major orchestra, including the Berlin Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Academia di Santa Cecila, Boston Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, and the Bayerische Rundfunk Orchestra.

In addition, Brownlee has appeared on the stages of the top opera companies around the globe, including the Metropolitan Opera, Teatro alla Scala, the Bavarian State Opera, Royal Opera Covent Garden, the Vienna State Opera, Opera National de Paris, Opernhaus Zürich, the Berlin State Opera, Teatro Real Madrid, Théâtre Royale de la Monnaie, and the festivals of Salzburg and Baden Baden. Recent performance highlights include Carmina Burana with the LA Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, the Berlioz Requiem at the Edinburgh Festival, La Cenerentola at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, La Donna del Lago at the Metropolitan Opera, and Il Barbiere di Siviglia at the Paris Opéra.

In addition to his acclaimed bel canto performances, Brownlee has also originated contemporary roles including Lorin Maazel’s 1984 and, most recently, Opera Philadelphia’s world premiere of Yardbird, based on the life story of iconic jazzman Charlie Parker.