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Opera superstar tenor Lawrence Brownlee gives recital May 13 in D.C.

The great American tenor Lawrence Brownlee, one of the world's most acclaimed classical singers, will perform a recital ranging from arias to spirituals at George Washington University's Lisner Auditorium on May 13.

Opera superstar tenor Lawrence Brownlee gives recital May 13 in D.C. after his latest triumph at the Met in Bellini's "I Puritani". The Vocal Arts DC presentation is at GWU's Lisner Auditorium.
Lawrence Brownlee, one of opera's hottest stars, gives recital in D.C. May 13. Photo by Dale Pickett

Brownlee will come directly from his Metropolitan Opera triumph in the "famously demanding" role of Arturo in Bellini's "I Puritani" -- no mere high C or even D, but also a top F. (Click here to hear Brownlee discuss this and more.)

"The New York Times" music critic Anthony Tommasini wrote in April that the tenor's "sound has warmth and bloom...He soars easily up to ringing top notes, high C’s and even higher. Mr. Brownlee’s singing is a model of bel canto (beautiful singing) style."

And the Times' "Critic's Notebook" writer Zachary Woolfe said in May, "No tenors today sing (bel canto) better than Lawrence Brownlee, Javier Camarena and Juan Diego Flórez," and said the "The Three Tenors are back". Woolfe termed Brownlee's voice "silvery in its sheen", with top notes a "singular thrill".

And "The New Yorker" in May said, "the dazzling young tenor Lawrence Brownlee...brightens up the opera every time he takes the stage."

When Brownlee takes the recital stage on May 13, accompanied by pianist Kevin Murphy, they'll perform selections by Giuseppe Verdi, Francis Poulenc, Joseph Marx, Alberto Ginastera, Ben Moore, and traditional spirituals in arrangements by Damien Sneed.

Brownlee's and Sneed's 2013 CD "Spiritual Sketches" launched a U.S. recital tour highlighted by the tenor's Carnegie Hall debut. Click here to hear.

In "Spiritual Sketches", "Brownlee takes the listener by the hand and leads him down a dusty road to a little country church ... (with) all the faces shining with smiles and tears," raved "Opera Today".

So be sure to "Come By Here" on May 13, and you will "Feel the Spirit".

The recital is presented by Vocal Arts DC, which brought Brownlee to the area early in his career for a duo-recital with soprano Sarah Coburn in 2009 -- nine months before his debut with the Washington National Opera.

"There is no question that he is back 'by popular demand,'" Vocal Arts DC general director Peter Russell said. Brownlee's other performances in this area, at Wolf Trap Opera Company and Washington Concert Opera, have earned him many devoted fans. "They knew and loved him before he became a star, and many now make travel plans expressly to hear his performances worldwide."

For Brownlee's next scheduled performances across Europe, and then back at the Met as Count Almaviva in Rossini's "The Barber of Seville", click here.

For Vocal Arts DC's next season, click here.

Vocal Arts DC is "One of the great vocal series of the world," proclaimed Michael Kaiser, who has just become Kennedy Center's "President Emeritus".

For more info and tickets: Lawrence Brownlee recital May 13, 7:30 P.M., Lisner Auditorium, 21st and H Streets, N.W., Washington, D.C. Tickets. Lawrence Brownlee, www.lawrencebrownlee.com. Vocal Arts DC, www.vocalartsdc.org.