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Classical Up Close: Tenor Lawrence Brownlee

Originally Aired: Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Lawrence Brownlee


One of the great bel canto singers of our time, tenor Lawrence Brownlee is usually heard on the grand stages of the world, performing at the Metropolitan Opera, Teatro alla Scala, the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and many more.

Now, hear him up close at The Greene Space at WQXR, with a special program that will demonstrate the full range of his gifts.

Brownlee and accompanist Myra Huang will present a night devoted to all the music that is near and dear to his heart. He’ll sing some of the arias and art songs that are core to his artistic identity. Brownlee will also give a preview of the new song cycle about the black male experience, “Cycles of My Being,” which he’ll perform next month at Carnegie Hall. 

Join us for this rare chance to see one of the leading artists of our time in a more intimate setting, and with a more deeply personal program, than he’ll be performing anywhere else this season.

Is there a finer Rossini tenor than Lawrence Brownlee? – The New Yorker’s Alex Ross


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Donizetti: L’Elisir d’Amore: Una furtiva lagrima
Scarlatti: Gia il sole dal Gange
Torelli : Tu lo sai
Schumann: Dichterliebe 1-7
Sorey: “Cycles of My Being”: 1st movement
Gordon: Unforgettable
Carmichael/Washington: Nearness of You
Every Time I Feel the Spirit (traditional/spiritual)
All Night All Day (spiritual)

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