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.”




Mr. Brownlee's 2021-2022 season features a number of exciting role debuts and reprisals as an ensemble member at Oper Frankfurt including Jochanaan in Salome, Geisterbote in Die Frau ohne Schatten, the title roles in Szymanowski's Król Roger and Bartók's Bluebeard's Castle, and more.

La bohème

The Metropolitan Opera

Die Frau ohne Schatten

Oper Frankfurt

King Roger

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.

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Instagram