Thursday, April 17, 2014

Sergio A. Mims: Lawrence Brownlee stars in "I Puritani" at the Metropolitan Opera

Lawrence Brownlee

Sergio A. Mims writes:

I know you will be interested in this of course.


Amanda Ameer:
Throughout his career, tenor Lawrence Brownlee 
has astounded critics and fans alike with the 
beauty of his voice in the bel-canto repertoire. 
Starting...April 17, audiences can experience 
his gifts live at the Metropolitan Opera when he 
appears alongside Olga Peretyatko in Bellini's
Puritani. Baritone Mariusz Kwiecien and bass 
Michele Pertusi will also appear in the 
production, which was directed by Sandro Sequi.
I Puritani tells the tale of a besieged group of 
English dissenters during the overthrow and 
execution of King Charles I. Best known for its 
thrilling scenes of madness for the soprano,
Puritani also features beautiful moments for 
Arturo, the tenor role. 
Brownlee's recent album, Virtuoso Rossini Arias,
was released last month. It offers a selection of 
rarely-heard arias drawn from several of Rossini's 
less performed operas, along with favorites from 
some of the composer's best known works. The 
recording is Brownlee's first aria collection with 
orchestra and was recorded with Constantine 
Orbelian on the Delos label. 

New York audiences last heard Brownlee at Lincoln 
Center's "American Songbook" series in January, 
where he sang selections from his recent album 
Spiritual Sketches: a recording of 10 traditional 
spirituals newly arranged by his friend and 
collaborator Damien Sneed. Brownlee performed 
part of the album as an NPR "Tiny Desk Concert." 
To watch, click here.

Rehearsal photo courtesy of Ken 
Howard/Met Opera.

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