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MR. BROWNLEE IN REVIEW

"The young bass-baritone Nicholas Brownlee stood out in the smaller role of the Porter, filling the auditorium with a handsome mahogany tone."

THE NEW YORKER

Ein traumhaftes Paar.

DON GIOVANNI / Leporello

"Konstantin Gorny als Giovanni und Nicholas Brownlee als Leporello sind darstellerisch wie sängerisch als Herr und Diener ein traumhaftes Paar. Dass Brownlee auch den Titelhelden hätte geben können, spricht für die musikalisch wichtige Ebenbürtigkeit der beiden."

KULTUR NEU ENTDECKEN

A gifted interpreter.

LA BOHÈME /  Colline

“Mr. Brownlee’s bass-baritone continues to grow and impress. This was the second time I’ve enjoyed his “Vecchia zimarra” and his performance reminds you how poignant it can be with a gifted interpreter weilding a great voice.” 

PARTERRE BOX

 

Lyrically polished.

PLACIDO DOMINGO'S OPERALIA COMPETITION

“American baritone Nicholas Brownlee took first prize with a lyrically polished, dramatically authoritative account of Banco’s aria “Come dal ciel precipita” from Verdi’s Macbeth…The 27 year old singer was even more impressive during semi-finals, combining a rich tone, intuitive use of gesture, and commanding presence – in other words, the whole package – in “Schweig, damit dich niemand warnt” from Weber’s Der Freischuetz…there is little doubt that he has the requisite ingredients for an international career.”

MUSICAL AMERICA

A handsome mahogany tone.

THE MIRACLE OF HELAINE /  Porter

“The young bass-baritone Nicholas Brownlee stood out in the smaller role of the Porter, filling the auditorium with a handsome mahogany tone. On the 1993 recording, this part was sung by the young René Pape; a similarly starry future may be in store for Brownlee.” 

THE NEW YORKER

A nasty favorite.

SIMON BOCCANEGRA /  Paolo Albiani

“The new ensemble member Nicholas Brownlee makes a nasty favorite with his dark, metal-hardened bass baritone as Paolo Albiani whose criminal potential shines through in every phrase.”

BADISCHE ZEITUNG

Vocally imposing.

LES PÊCHEURS DES PERLES /  Nourabad

“Mention should also be made of the vocally and physically imposing Nicholas Brownlee as the High Priest Nourabad. Even from the top of the stage during the loudest ensembles you could hear him clearly. He’s not even 30 yet and I can only imagine what’s before him.”

PARTERRE BOX

Highlight of the evening.

DER FREISCHÜTZ /  Kaspar

"Nicholas Brownlee created a threatening and seductive-sounding Kaspar, closer to Gounod's Mephistopheles than the mere boorish, hellish drinking buddy one normally experiences."

"Singer highlight of the evening is once again the fabulous bass-baritone Nicholas Brownlee, who embodies the diabolical libertine Kaspar with animal power and almost inexhaustible reserves of his voice…with his two furious arias in the first act, he gives the performance glamorous moments."

OPERNGLAS

BADISCHE NEUSTE NACHRICHTEN

 

The standout.

METROPOLITAN OPERA NATIONAL COUNCIL GRAND FINALS

“The bass-baritone Nicholas Brownlee proved the standout among the three male winners, charismatic and charming in his winning interpretation of the catalog aria from Mozart’s “Don Giovanni,” a vocally and physically confident performance that had the audience chuckling. After intermission he switched gears emotionally with a potent rendition of Aleko’s cavatina from the Rachmaninoff opera of the same name.

THE NEW YORK TIMES

Exciting, rich bass-baritone.

SALOME /  First Soldier

“Nicholas Brownlee, as First Soldier, displays an exciting, rich bass-baritone. One hopes for more of (Him) at the house in the future.”

PARTERRE BOX

 

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