Artist of the Week: Lawrence Brownlee

American Tenor opens New production of ‘Die Zauberflote”

By Francisco Salazar
(Credit: Karen Almond / Met Opera)

On May 19, the Metropolitan Opera will premiere a new production of Mozart’s popular singspiel “Die Zauberflöte,” the first new staging of the famed opera at the company since 2004. It will feature an exciting cast of artists, including Lawrence Brownlee who returns to the Met for the first time since 2015.

Brownlee will sing the role of Tamino, marking the first time audiences at the Met hear him in a Mozart opera. The tenor is no stranger to Tamino as he performed the role at the LA Opera, receiving rave reviews with critics stating that he “presents a bright Tamino” and brings a “powerfully realized even-tone.”

“Die Zauberflöte” also marks the second time Brownlee headlines a new production with the company. He first starred in the first-ever production of Rossini’s “Armida” in 2010 alongside Renée Fleming. For those not in New York, Brownlee will return to the silver screen as the opera will be broadcast live in HD. It will mark his third HD performance following “Armida” and “La Cenerentola” back in 2009.


For further listening, the tenor has a new album entitled “Rising” as well as recordings of the aforementioned “Armida” and “La Cenerentola.” He also has a complete recording of “I Puritani” and “Il Barbiere di Siviglia.”

Here is a preview of the upcoming “Die Zauberflöte.”


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