‘Lawrence Brownlee and Friends: The Next Chapter’ To Take Stage At Lyric’s Ryan Opera Center

By David Salazar

The Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Ryan Opera Center is set to present “Lawrence Brownlee and Friends: The Next Chapter.”

The concert, slated for July 26 at 6 p.m. will feature the famed tenor as he presents a concert alongside such artists as Whitney Morrison, J’Nai Bridges, and Will Liverman. The concert will also feature three 2020-21 Ryan Opera Center Ensemble members including Martin Luther Clark, Lunga Eric Halla, and Leroy Davis. Craig Terry and Chris Reynolds will accompany the concert performance. Members of the Lyric Opera Orchestra will perform as well in several pieces throughout the concert.

The repertory of the performance will feature music and texts by Black, Indigenous, and People of Color artists. Brownlee will also perform music by Donizetti as well as spiritual arrangements by Damien Sneed.

“I am very excited to return to one of my favorite cities, to perform with one of my favorite opera companies in collaboration with some of my favorite colleagues in Craig, Whitney, J’Nai, and Will, as well as members of the Ryan Opera Center,” said Brownlee in a press release. “This concert is meaningful because we are shining a spotlight on African American singers at a time where our voices need to be heard. We hope that the audience will embrace this program, as we amplify our sound and work to fill the atmosphere with hope!”

The concert will be streamed live on the company’s YouTube and Facebook channels.