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2020-2021 SCHEDULE

Highlights of Mr. Brownlee's 2020-2021 season include guest performances with Staatsoper Stuttgart and Opernhaus Zürich as well as regular engagements as a new 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.

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.

September 26 & 27

2020

 

PAOLO ALBIANI

Simon Boccanegra

OPERNHAUS ZÜRICH

Paolo Albiani

Simon Boccanegra

A text based on medieval history inspired Giuseppe Verdi to create a stirring drama against an eminently political background. The Genoese Doge Boccanegra's peace efforts in the 14th century relate to the attempts at Italian unification in the 19th century. In this melodrama composed for Venice in 1857 and fundamentally revised in 1881 in collaboration with Arrigo Boito, Verdi succeeds in musically penetrating the characters of powerful and power-obsessed men. Mr. Brownlee appears as the scheming Paolo Albiani.

December 6, 10, 13, 16, 19, & 22

2020

January 3, 8, & 12

2021

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. 

January 23 & 29

February 6, 13, & 21

2021

ŠIŠKOV

From the House of the Dead

OPER FRANKFURT

Šiškov

From the House of the Dead

Dostoevsky described his life in a Siberian concentration camp in his Aufzeichnungen aus einem Totenhaus / Sketches from a House of the Dead. Leoš Janáček found a drastic, realistic-expressionistic sound language for it in his opera, completed in 1928. The shattering, sometimes brutal tales and fates of the inmates – thieves, murderers, political prisoners – tell of the hardships of daily life in the camp and life in general. Dostoevsky's omnipresent motto: "There's a flicker of God in every living creature." Mr. Brownlee appears as Šiškov in Janáček's lesser-known work.

February 19 & 28

March 6 & 12

2021

ANDREI SCHTSCHEKALOW

Boris Godunov

OPER FRANKFURT

Andrei Schtschekalow

Boris Godunov

A ruler consumed by guilt, schemers hungry for power, a fickle people and a monk who writes history: Pushkin wrote a play in Shakespearean style in 1825 based on works by the historian Nikolai Karamsin about political unrest in Russia before the first Romanow ascended the throne in 1613. Thanks to Mussorgsky’s opera, this episode in Russian history became known to the West. Mr. Brownlee appears as Andrei Schtschekalow in Mussorgsky's unmistakenly Russian work.

May  9, 13, 16, 21, 26, & 29

June 3 & 6

2021

DER HOLLÄNDER

Der fliegende Holländer

OPER FRANKFURT

Der Holländer

Der fliegende Holländer

Set in a poor village by the sea, in an incestuous, claustrophobic, dead end world, where seamen and tradesmen sell their daughters, Daland’s daughter Senta, desperate to escape, is prepared to commit to the Flying Dutchman and redeem his soul. The Dutchman's a sort of Ghost Rider, driven, fleeing ideals and dreams with his comrades. Senta and the Dutchman: two who are fleeing but cannot escape their past nor their surroundings. Only death can release them. Mr. Brownlee appears in the title role of Wagner's thrilling drama.

June 26 & 30

July 3, 7, 11, & 15

2021

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