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Bass-baritone Nicholas Brownlee has been described as “charismatic and charming” (New York Times) with a “commanding presence” and “rich tone” (Musical America).


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).

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Highlights of last season included a debut at Opernhaus Zürich in a new production of Simon Boccanegra (Paolo) directed by Andreas Homoki and conducted by Fabio Luisi and a return to The Santa Fe Opera for new productions of Le nozze di Figaro (Figaro) and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Bottom) both conducted by Harry Bicket. 


Mr. Brownlee returned to LA Opera for La bohème (Colline) followed by new productions of Faust (Mephistopheles), Don Giovanni (Leporello), and revivals of Der Freischütz (Kaspar) and Les contes d’Hoffmann (Villains) at Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe. Concert engagements included a US tour with Bel Canto Trio and Beethoven Mass in C and Choral Fantasy with Cincinnati Symphony. He made his Bard Summerscape debut in the American premiere of Korngold’s Das Wunder der Heliane (Porter). Additional roles as a member of the ensemble at Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe include Simon Boccanegra (Paolo), Anna Bolena (Enrico VIII), Alcina (Melisso), and Roméo et Juliette (Frère Laurent).


Mr. Brownlee made his debut at The Metropolitan Opera in Salome (First Soldier) conducted by Johannes Debus. While a member of the Young Artist at LA Opera, he was seen in Les pêcheurs de perles (Nourabad), Die Zauberflöte (Speaker), Madama Butterfly (Bonze) and Moby-Dick (Captain Gardiner), all conducted by James Conlon. Additional productions of La bohème (Colline) include LA Opera conducted by Gustavo Dudamel and Atlanta Opera. He debuted at Teatro de São Carlos in Lisbon in Calixto Bieto’s production of Carmen (Escamillo). He was seen at The Santa Fe Opera in Salome (First Soldier) and in a new Stephen Wadsworth production of Fidelio (Don Fernando) conducted by Harry Bicket.

Mr. Brownlee debuted with the Houston Symphony Orchestra in Dvořák’s Te Deum conducted by Andres Orozco-Estrada and with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra in Verdi’s Messa da Requiem conducted by Kent Nagano. He made his Los Angeles Philharmonic debut under Gustavo Dudamel in Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy and returned for performances of a new multimedia staging by Netia Jones of Chin’s Alice in Wonderland under Susanna Mälkki, which traveled to the Barbican in London with the BBC Symphony. Also with the LA Philharmonic, he was seen in Pelléas et Melisande (Doctor) with EsaPekka Salonen conducting. He sang Stravinsky’s Les Noces with the Los Angeles Master Chorale.

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Nicholas is managed internationally by Magnum Opus Artists. For all booking and press inquiries, contact Nathan Wentworth at Columbia Artists.

Magnum Opus Artists maintains up-to-date press kit materials for Mr. Brownlee. To request materials, including a biography, resumé, and/or headshot, contact Magnum Opus Artists below.

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