Lawrence Brownlee | Meet the Artists

Tenor. Tonio in The Daughter of the Regiment


Born in Youngstown, Ohio, Lawrence decided to pursue opera after a spectator approached him following a high school singing competition and encouraged him to try the art form. The advice stuck, and Lawrence went on to study at Anderson University and Indiana University’s prestigious Jacobs School of Music.

Lawrence was last seen at the WNO in 2009 as Count Almaviva in The Barber of Seville.

The role of Tonio requires Lawrence to sing a succession of nine high Cs. About the difficult sequence, Lawrence says, “They need to be nine bull’s-eyes. They can’t be nine B naturals. But I feel secure. It’s an aria I’ve lived with. I’ve done it a bunch of times.” 

For this turn at the WNO, Lawrence is reuniting with Lisette Oropesa, who he last appeared with in The Daughter of the Regiment at the Pittsburgh Opera.

Fun fact! You can see Lawrence at the Kennedy Center before he takes the stage as Tonio. As a part of the Renée Fleming VOICES concert series, Lawrence brings his smooth and powerful voice to the Family Theater October 18. You can purchase tickets here

Lawrence stepped inside the NPR office to perform as a part of the station’s ongoing Tiny Desk Concert series.


The Associated Press has declared Lawrence one of “the world’s leading bel canto tenors” while The New Yorker asks, “is there a finer Rossini tenor than Lawrence Brownlee?”

Witness one of the greatest voices in modern opera history at The Daughter of the Regiment

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