Lawrence Brownlee & Michael Spyres Join Forces for ‘Amici e Rivali’

By David Salazar

Famed tenors Lawrence Brownlee and Michael Spyres are joining forces for a brand-new album “Amici e Rivali.”

The album, which will be released on Nov. 13, 2020, will feature arias, duets, and trios from seven Rossini operas including “Il Barbiere di Siviglia,” “Otello,” “Armida,” “La Donna del Lago,” “Elisabetta, Regina d’Inghilterra,” “Le Siège de Corinthe,” and “Ricciardo e Zoraide.”

“Our voices compliment each other because they have similar qualities to the voices that Rossini wrote for – voices which worked together. They are of similar range, but very different vocal color, though we can both handle the challenges of high-lying legato and coloratura,” Brownlee said in a press release.” My voice has been characterized as a leggiero or light-lyric tenor, like Giovanni David’s. Michael’s is a lyric tenor, or maybe more specifically a so-called ‘baritenor’, with a darker character, like Andrea Nozzari’s.”

The album will also include guest appearances from mezzo-soprano Tara Erraught and tenor Xabier Anduaga. The recording will be conducted by Corrado Rovaris and features I Virtuosi Italiani.