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2021-2022 SCHEDULE

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

 

GEISTERBOTE

Die Frau ohne Schatten

STAATSOPER STUTTGART

Geisterbote

Die Frau ohne Schatten

Nicholas opens his 2020-2021 season as Geisterbote in Strauss and Hofmannsthal's Die Frau ohne Schatten with Oper Stuttgart.

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Postponed due to COVID-19

2020

DER STIMME DES HERRN

Das Buch mit sieben Siegeln

HOUSTON SYMPHONY

Der Stimme des Herrn

Das Buch mit Sieben Siegeln

A spectacle to behold. A concert experience to leave you changed. Massive forces converge in a sonic lightning bolt of earth-shattering force in Franz Schmidt’s towering oratorio, which recounts the book of Revelation and its apocalyptic vision of the world’s final destruction. From vivid depictions of the breaking of the seals, the Horsemen of the Apocalypse, and the seven trumpets to the final, exultant “Hallelujah,” to hear this work live is to feel its awe-inspiring power. Mr. Brownlee appears in concert as Der Stimme des Herrn alongside Andrés Orozco-Estrada at the podium.

Canceled due to COVID-19.

2020

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KREON

Oedipus Rex

OPER FRANKFURT

Kreon

Oedipus Rex

Oedipus – a King, in times of social turmoil, is forced to realise that he was blind to the truth for many years. He killed his father and married his mother. Igor Stravinsky and Jean Cocteau's opera-oratorio Oedipus Rex, written in the 1920s, is rather like a still life: an archaic story, in Latin, dealt with in a neo-classical way, monumental, without being programme music. Mr. Brownlee appears as Kreon in the double-bill production with Oper Frankfurt.

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October 2, 7, 10, 17, & 23
2021

 

JOCHANAAN

Salome

OPER FRANKFURT

Jochanaan

Salome

The elementary force and sensuality in Strauss’ first great operatic success shook the world of music to its foundations. His source, the biblical tale of Salome, had taken on increasing significance over the millenia. Oscar Wilde, whose play fascinated the composer and inspired him to radical innovation, was not the first to have helped himself to the story. Mr. Brownlee appears as Jochanaan in Barrie Kosky's production of Salome at Oper Frankfurt.

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October 8, 16, 22, &28
November 7

2021

 

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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October 8, 16, 22, &28
November 7

2021

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