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).

This season he returns as a member of the ensemble at Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe where he will be heard in new productions of Don Giovanni (Leporello), Faust (Mephistopheles), Der Freischütz (Kaspar) and Les contes d’Hoffmann (Villains), as well as revivals of Simon Boccanegra (Paolo) and Anna Bolena (Enrico VIII). In addition to ensemble assignments, this season also sees Brownlee’s return to LA Opera for Barrie Kosky's new production of La Bohème and his highly

anticipated debut at Opera Theater of St. Louis as Olin Blitch in a new production of Susannah directed by Patricia Racette. He also returns to the U.S. for concerts throughout the country as a member of the Columbia Artist’s Bel Canto Trio.


"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.”





Highlights of Mr. Brownlee's 2020-2021 season include guest performances with Staatsoper Stuttgart and Opernhaus Zürich and regular engagements as a new ensemble member at Oper Frankfurt, where his roles include Jochanaan in Salome, Andrey Shchelkalov in Boris Godunov, and the title role in Wagner's Der fliegende Holländer.

Die Frau ohne Schatten

Staatsoper Stuttgart

Das Buch mit sieben Siegeln

Houston Symphony

Boris Godunov

Oper Frankfurt

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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