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 has been described as “charismatic and charming” (New York Times) with a “commanding presence” and “rich tone” (Musical America). He is a first prize winner of the Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition, winner of the Zarzuela prize at Operalia, and Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions grand prize winner.

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.


Recently, Mr. Brownlee made his Metropolitan Opera debut as the First Soldier in Salome conducted by Johannes Debus. He also sang Colline in La bohème conducted by Gustavo Dudamel and Speranza Scapucci at LA Opera, as well as debuted at Israeli Opera, Dallas Opera and Atlanta Opera in the same role. He debuted at Teatro de São Carlos in Lisbon as Escamillo in Calixto Bieto’s production of Carmen. A former Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist at Los Angeles Opera, he has been seen as Nourabad in Les pêcheurs de perles, Sprecher in Die Zauberflöte, the Bonze in Madama Butterfly and Captain Gardiner in Moby-Dick, all conducted by James Conlon. He has been seen at Santa Fe Opera singing the 1st Soldier in Salome following his two years there as an apprentice artist. 


Mr. Brownlee debuted with the Houston Symphony Orchestra in Dvorák’s Te Deum conducted by Andres Orozco-Estrada and with the Montreal Symphony and Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in Verdi’s Messa da Requiem conducted by Kent Nagano and Lawrence Renes, respectively. 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 as the Doctor in Pelléas et Melisande with Esa-Pekka Salonen conducting. He sang Stravinsky’s Les Noces with the Los Angeles Master Chorale.


Mr. Brownlee was awarded the 2016 Sara Tucker Study Grant and 2017 Richard Tucker Career Grant from the Richard Tucker Music Foundation. He attended Rice University where he studied with Dr. Stephen King. He was part of the inaugural Young Artist Vocal Academy with Houston Grand Opera, apprentice artist with the Wolf Trap Opera Company, and winner of the 2014 Palm Springs Vocal Competition. Mr. Brownlee is a proud graduate (B.M.) of the University of South Alabama where he studied with Dr. Thomas Rowell — GO JAGS! 



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

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