KURWENAL

Tristan und Isolde

THE SANTA FE OPERA

Kurwenal

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

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

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

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

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

COLLINE

La bohème

BAYERISCHE STAATSTHEATER

Colline

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
2022

COLLINE

La bohème

WIENER STAATSOPER

Colline

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

THE METROPOLITAN OPERA

Colline

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

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

FIGARO

The Marriage of Figaro

THE SANTA FE OPERA

Figaro

The Marriage of Figaro

Mr. Brownlee steps into the role of Figaro in Laurent Pelly’s new production of The Marriage of Figaro at Santa Fe Opera.

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July - August 
2021

BOTTOM

A Midsummer Night's Dream

THE SANTA FE OPERA

Bottom

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Mr. Brownlee steps into the role of Bottom in Santa Fe Opera's premiere of A Midsummer Night's Dream.

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July - August
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.

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June & July
2021

ANDREI SCHTSCHEKALOW

Boris Godunov

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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.

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May & June
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.

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February & March
2021

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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PAOLO ALBIANI

Simon Boccanegra

OPERNHAUS ZÜRICH

Paolo Albiani

Simon Boccanegra

This event marks the final new production at the Opernhaus Zürich led by the duo of Fabio Luisi in his function as General Music Director and Andreas Homoki. The story of powerful and power-hungry men, and the women that fall victim to their familial dramas, closes out eight successful years of cultivating Verdi’s operatic repertoire. Mr. Brownlee appears as the scheming Paolo Albiani in the premiere of Giuseppe Verdi’s melodrama Simon Boccanegra which will be broadcast live on ARTE, the Franco-German TV channel, and will subsequently be available on demand at ARTE CONCERT, the channel’s media library, as a part of ARTE’s Opera Season.

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Live Broadcast: December 6 | 5:00PM

2020

LEPORELLO

Don Giovanni

BADISCHES STAATSTHEATER KARLSRUHE

Leporello

Don Giovanni

Mr. Brownlee appears as Leporello in Mozart's iconic drama of lust and revenge. Conducted by Johannes Willig, directed by Dominic Limburg.

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December

2019

January, March, & April

2020

FOUR VILLAINS

The Tales of Hoffman

BADISCHES STAATSTHEATER KARLSRUHE

Four Villains

The Tales of Hoffman

Mr. Brownlee appears as the Four Villains (Lindorf, Coppelius, Mirakel, Dapertutto) in Offenbach's saga of love and art, The Tales of Hoffman. Directed by Floris Visser, conducted by Constantin Trinks.

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October, November & December

2019

January & March

2020

SOLOIST

Beethoven Academie 1808

CINCINNATI SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Soloist

Beethoven Academie 1808

Louis Langrée leads the CSO in a recreation of Beethoven’s legendary 1808 Akademie concert, a once-in-a-lifetime Beethoven experience. Mr. Brownlee appears alongside Dorothea Röschmann, Janai Brugger, and Thomas Cooley as a featured soloist on the program.

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February & March 

2020

KASPAR

Der Freischütz

BADISCHES STAATSTHEATER KARLSRUHE

Kaspar

Der Freischütz

Mr. Brownlee appears as Kaspar in Carl Maria von Weber's romantic singspiel Der Freischütz. Conducted by Johannes Willig, directed by Verena Stoiber.

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October & November

2019

COLLINE

La Bohème

LOS ANGELES OPERA

Colline

La Bohème

Mr. Brownlee reprises the role of Colline in Puccini's classic love story. Conducted by James Conlon, directed by Barrie Kosky.

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September & October

2019

BASS SOLOIST

Verdi Requiem

MELBOURNE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Bass soloist

Verdi Requiem

Mr. Brownlee appears as the bass soloist in Verdi's Requiem, alongside Lawrence Ranes at the podium.

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April

2019

FOUR VILLAINS

Les Contes d'Hoffmann

BADISCHES STAATSTHEATER KARLSRUHE

Four Villains

Les Contes d'Hoffmann

Mr. Brownlee appears as the four villains in Offenbach's Les Contes d'Hoffmann with the Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe.

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2019

ENRICO

Anna Bolena

BADISCHES STAATSTHEATER KARLSRUHE

Enrico

Anna Bolena

Mr. Brownlee appears as Enrico in Donizetti's Anna Bolena with the Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe.

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2018

KASPAR

Der Freischütz

BADISCHES STAATSTHEATER KARLSRUHE

Kaspar

Der Freischütz

Mr. Brownlee appears as Kaspar in Weber's Der Freischütz with the Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe.

2018

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BASS SOLOIST

Verdi Requiem

MONTREAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Bass soloist

Verdi Requiem

Mr. Brownlee appears as the bass soloist in Verdi's Requiem, alongside Kent Nagano at the podium.

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2017

FIRST SOLDIER

Salome

THE METROPOLITAN OPERA

First Soldier

Salome

Mr. Brownlee made his Metropolitan Opera debut in the role of First Soldier in Strauss's Salome, conducted by Johannes Debus.

2016

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COLLINE

La Bohème

LOS ANGELES OPERA

Colline

La Bohème

Mr. Brownlee appeared as Colline in Puccini's La Bohème, led by Gustavo Dudamel at the podium.

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2016