Lawrence Brownlee | Meet the Artists

Tenor. Tonio in The Daughter of the Regiment


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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.” 

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Lisette Oropesa | Meet the Artists

Soprano. Susanna in The Marriage of FigaroMarie in The Daughter of the Regiment


Lisette is a firsLisetteOropesa_480t generation Cuban American.

This season marks her WNO debut, with two back-to-back productions for which she has already won great acclaim.

Lisette and Lawrence Brownlee appeared in The Marriage of Figaro together at the Pittsburgh Opera, and are reuniting on the WNO stage in The Daughter of the Regiment.

She has appeared over 100 times on The Metropolitan Opera stage.

Some of Lisette’s other celebrated roles include Gilda in Rigoletto and Nannetta in Falstaff. She has also appeared in eight of the Met’s Live in HD productions.

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