Aspen Music Festival And School

Lawrence Brownlee Back To Artist-Faculty

Instrumental Focus

  • tenor

Programs Taught

  • Aspen Opera Theater and VocalARTS - Opera Coaching
    Aspen Opera Theater and VocalARTS - Voice

Lawrence Brownlee is a leading figure in opera, both as a singer on the world's top stages, and as a voice for activism and diversity in the industry. He has been hailed as “an international star in the bel canto operatic repertory” (the New York Times), “one of the world’s leading bel canto stars” (the Guardian), and “one of the most in-demand opera singers in the world today” (NPR). He is a regular guest at the world’s most important opera houses including the Metropolitan Opera, Teatro alla Scala, Covent Garden, Bayerische Staatsoper, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Opéra national de Paris, and others.

Amidst the challenges of COVID-19, Brownlee has emerged as a pivotal voice in classical music’s shift toward digital programming and the resurgence of conversations around racial justice. In May 2020, he launched “The Sitdown with LB,” a weekly Facebook Live series which explores the experience of being an African-American opera singer. The ongoing series has featured Brownlee in conversation with George Shirley, Denyce Graves, Martina Arroyo, J’Nai Bridges, Angel Blue, and others. Since April 2020 he has also hosted the video series “Coffee and a Song,” in which he invites artist friends to perform interpretations of art-songs from the intimacy of their own homes. He is a fixture at the world’s top recital venues; his critically-acclaimed solo recital program Cycles of My Being, a song cycle which centers on the black male experience in America today, has toured across the country three times since 2018, including performances at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center.

Robert Spano, Music Director

Alan Fletcher, President and CEO