Calendar

2021-2022 SCHEDULE

Mr. Brownlee's 2021-2022 season features a number of role reprisals and debuts as an ensemble member at Oper Frankfurt.

 

JOCHANAAN

Salome

OPER FRANKFURT

Jochanaan

Salome

The elementary force and sensuality of Strauss’ first great operatic success shook the world of music to its foundations. His source, the biblical tale of Salome. Oscar Wilde, whose play fascinated the composer and inspired him to radical stylistic innovation, was not the first to have helped himself to the story. With Wilde the myth becomes a confrontation between sensuality and religious aesceticism with a shocking climax. Mr. Brownlee appears as Jochanaan in Strauss’ hundred minute long one act opera about intoxication, asceticism, power and death. 

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October & November
2021

COLLINE

La bohème

THE METROPOLITAN OPERA

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La bohème

The Met celebrates the 40th anniversary of Franco Zeffirelli’s beloved staging with three exceptional casts appearing as Puccini’s young bohemians. Sopranos Anita Hartig, Maria Agresta, and Eleonora Buratto trade off as the ill-fated seamstress Mimì, alongside tenors Charles Castronovo and Yusif Eyvazov as her lover, the poet Rodolfo. Sopranos Federica Lombardi, Gabriella Reyes, and Aleksandra Kurzak and baritones Artur Ruciński, Lucas Meachem, and Quinn Kelsey are the on-again-off-again pair Musetta and Marcello, with Eun Sun Kim and Carlo Rizzi conducting.

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November 9, 13, 17, 20, 26, & 29
January 9, 13, 18, & 22
May 16, 20, 24, & 27

2021

COLLINE

La bohème

WIENER STAATSOPER

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La bohème

With Armenian soprano Ruzan Mantashyan and Brazilian tenor Atalla Ayan, a new generation of singers has now entered the Vienna State Opera stage – and is a fresh take on Franco Zeffirelli's classic, image-packed production.

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January 6, 9, 12, & 16
2022

COLLINE

La bohème

BAYERISCHE STAATSTHEATER

 

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La bohème

Francesco Lanzillotta conducts a production by Otto Schenk, with set and costume design by Rudolf Heinrich. Nicholas Brownlee joins a cast that includes Svetlana Aksenova as Mimì, Emily Pogorelc as Musetta, Evan LeRoy Johnson as Rodolfo, Roman Burdenko as Marcello, Andrei Kymach as Schaunard.

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January 5, 7, & 9
July 25, 27, & 30 

2022

GEISTERBOTE

Die Frau ohne Schatten

OPER FRANKFURT

 

Geisterbote

Die Frau ohne Schatten

Hugo von Hofmannsthal delved deep into the worlds of Arabian fairy tales, Norse and Christian mythology to create Richard Strauss' fantastic opera. Making final touches to Ariadne auf Naxos and World War I meant that finishing the work had to be delayed, but the resulting masterpiece, with its fairy tale structure and intoxicating music, was overwhelming. Christof Nel's 2003 production of this extraordinary work, with sometimes puzzling, enigmatic texts by Hofmannsthal, makes it seem to fly by, grabbing you with it. Mr. Brownlee appears as the Spirit Messenger in this revival of Die Frau ohne Schatten at Oper Frankfurt.

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March 13, 18, 24, & 27
April 2

2022

DE SIRIEX

Fedora

OPER FRANKFURT

 

De Siriex

Fedora

The title figure in Umberto Giordano's verismo thriller moves between extremes at breathtaking speed: this Russian princess is a spy, avenger, lover, martyr and betrayed woman all in one. After her fiancé is assassinated she decides to track down Loris Ipanow, his murderer, in Paris, working undercover for the police. They fall in love and decide to try and risk starting a new life in the Swiss alps. But their past catches up with them … Mr. Brownlee debuts the role of De Siriex in Oper Frankfurt's premiere of Fedora.

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April 3, 8, 10, 16, 18, 21, 23, & 28
May 6 & 14

2022

KING ROGER

King Roger

OPER FRANKFURT

King Roger

King Roger

How could the powers of chaos and order, reason and desire be combined in a creative way? These questions dogged the Polish composer Karol Szymanowski's life and work. Although he is regarded as a key figure of 20th century music, his works are not often performed. In Król Roger, his only opera, Szymanowski used the times of the Norman King Roger II's reign as the framework for a symbolic story: Roger ruled over several, very different cultures. His authority is questioned by an unknown shepherd, a mixture of earth-spirit, wandering preacher and God. He seduces the people, and then Queen Roxana, with his talk of a young god. Opposites, contradictions and despair shape the King's inner journey. Mr. Brownlee appears as the title role in this revival of Król Roger at Oper Frankfurt.

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April 30
May 8, 13, 21, & 28

2022

BLUEBEARD

Bluebeard's Castle

OPER FRANKFURT

Bluebeard

Bluebeard's Castle

Problems between man and wife escalate into an insoluable conflict in Béla Bartók's only opera. His setting of the symbolist poem by Béla Balázs to music avoids the gruesome elements in the Bluebeard tale, reducing the plot to a drama of the soul. The title figure in Barrie Kosky's production is not a wife murderer. The castle is a metaphor for Bluebeard's body, through which can be seen what is hidden behind its doors: blood, gold, tears and flowers. The battle of love plays out on Katrin Lea Tag's set, a bare, revolving stage, like an enormous, empty slice of the world, a symbol for lost paradise. Mr. Brownlee appears in the title role of Bluebeard's Castle at Oper Frankfurt.

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June 5, 11, 18, & 25
July 2
2022

KURWENAL

Tristan und Isolde

THE SANTA FE OPERA

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Tristan und Isolde

Love potions, star-crossed lovers, and the betrayal of dear friends surround the world of Tristan and Isolde. Theirs is one of the most epic love stories ever told.

Directors Zack Winokur and Lisenka Heijboer Castañón conjure a mesmerizing production of eloquent simplicity that brings to the foreground the tale’s profound and timeless themes.

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July 23 & 27 
August 5, 11, 19, & 23 

2022

HANS SACHS

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

OPER FRANKFURT

Hans Sachs

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

On midsummer’s eve, the day before the competition, the goldsmith Veit Pogner offers his daughter Eva’s hand in marriage as the prize. The cobbler Hans Sachs, town clerk Sixtus Beckmesser and a newcomer, aristocratic Walther von Stolzing, compete for her. Each in his own way: Walther must overcome a few hurdles before being allowed to marry Eva and be accepted into the masters' guild. Between Sachs and Beckmesser it seems to be more about who’s allowed to marry the bride. Mr. Brownlee makes a milestone debut in  the title role at Oper Frankfurt under the baton of Sebastian Weigle. 

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November 6, 11, 20, & 27
December 3, 9, & 17
2022

WOTAN

Das Rheingold

THE DALLAS OPERA

Wotan

Das Rheingold

From the primordial depths of the Rhine to the glittering turrets of Valhalla—the world of the Teutonic gods is in chaos. The evil Alberich steals the magic gold from errant water sprites and forges it into a ring that gives the wearer unfathomable power. Now, everyone wants it—but anyone who gets it is cursed! Betrayal, cheating, illicit love, and murder…it’s all here in this first opera of Wagner’s iconic Ring Cycle. Nicholas Brownlee leads this all-star cast in a role debut as the chief god, Wotan. Music Director Emmanuel Villaume conducts this new production from The Atlanta Opera.

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February 10, 12, 15 & 18
2023

LEPORELLO

Don Giovanni

OPER FRANKFURT

Leporello

Don Giovanni

Christof Loy places Mozart‘s opera in a baroque world, where terms like heaven, hell and God really meant something. Don Giovanni behaves like a blithe spirit who can’t be bothered with ethics or morals, whose anarchic lifestyle captivates, infects and changes the other characters forever. Mr. Brownlee appears as Leporello in Oper Frankfurt's production of Mozart's famous dramma giocoso, Don Giovanni.

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May 12, 20, 25, & 29
June 3 & 9
2023

FORESTER

The Cunning Little Vixen

OPER FRANKFURT

Forester

The Cunning Little Vixen

An energetic adolescent fox cub and a forester come into contact in Leoš Janáček’s impressionistic, beautiful opera. Lively and sensitive, poetic and speckled with irony it tells the eternal cycle of life and death. Director Ute M. Engelhardt brought the animal and human worlds even closer together while still managing to make the fantastic moments in the work, the characters’ longings, nightmares, dreams and fears come alive. Mr. Brownlee appears as the Forester in the Götz Friedrich Prize-winning production at Oper Frankfurt.

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June 4, 7, 10, 16 & 24
2023