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Nicholas Brownlee




Bass-baritone Nicholas Brownlee has been described as “charismatic and charming” (New York Times) with a “handsome mahogany tone” and a “starry future in store” (The New Yorker).

Bass-baritone Nicholas Brownlee is a first prize winner of the Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition, winner of the Zarzuela prize at Operalia, and The Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions grand prize winner. Nicholas begins the 21/22 season with a return to the Ensemble at Oper Frankfurt where his assignments include Salome (Jochanaan), Oedipus Rex (Kreon), Die Frau ohne Schatten (Der Geisterbote), Fedora (De Siriex), Król Roger (title role), and Bluebeard’s Castle (title role).

Additional engagements include debuts with Bayerische Staatsoper and Wiener Staatsoper in La bohème (Colline) and returns to The Metropolitan Opera for La bohème (Colline), Opernhaus Zürich for Simone Boccanegra (Paolo), and The Santa Fe Opera for Tristan und Isolde (Kurwenal).


"A handsome mahogany tone."

“The young bass-baritone Nicholas Brownlee stood out in the smaller role of the Porter, filling the auditorium with a handsome mahogany tone. On the 1993 recording, this part was sung by the young René Pape; a similarly starry future may be in store for Brownlee.”




In the 2022-2023 season, Mr. Brownlee returns to Oper Frankfurt in Don Giovanni and Cunning Little Vixen, and makes a milestone debut as Hans Sachs in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg. He also returns to Bayerische Staatsoper and The Santa Fe Opera, and debuts the role of Wotan in Tomer Zvulun's new production of Das Rheingold.

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

Oper Frankfurt

Das Rheingold

The Dallas Opera

Der Freischütz

Bayerische Staatsoper

Hook, Push, & Pray


In addition to his performing career, Mr. Brownlee produces and hosts Hook, Push, & Pray, an interview podcast discussing hot-button topics in the opera industry.


Get in Touch

Mr. Brownlee is managed internationally by Nathan Wentworth at Magnum Opus Artists, to whom all booking and press inquiries should be directed.

Currently based in Karlsruhe, Germany, Mr. Brownlee maintains an active presence on social media. To keep up with his latest news and behind-the-scenes content, follow him via social media below.

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