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A Grammy Award nominee, Lawrence Brownlee’s voice has been praised by The New Yorker for its “sweet tone, fastidious pitch, and poetic phrasing.” Hear his Baltimore Debut in a program that pairs a new song cycle exploring the realities of life as an African-American man in America with Schumann’s beloved Dichterliebe.

“An instrument of great beauty and expression….” —NPR on Lawrence Brownlee

“Myra Huang…achieved a colouristic tour de force…” —Opera News

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    Lawrence Brownlee

    Named 2017 “Male Singer of the Year” by both the International Opera Awards and Bachtrack, American-born tenor Lawrence Brownlee has been hailed by The Guardian as “one of the world’s leading bel canto stars.” Brownlee captivates audiences and critics around the world, and his voice has been praised by NPR as “an instrument of great beauty and expression…perfectly suited to the early nineteenth century operas of Rossini and Donizetti,” ushering in “a new golden age in high male voices” (The New York Times). Brownlee also serves as Artistic Advisor at Opera Philadelphia, helping the company to expand their repertoire, diversity efforts and community initiatives.

    The 2018-19 season starts with two evenings of duets with bass-baritone Eric Owens hosted by the Cliburn, followed by a night of arias at Amsterdam's famed Concertgebouw. Operatic engagements this season include two role debuts in North American houses, singing Nadir in Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers with Houston Grand Opera and Ilo in Rossini’s Zelmira with Washington Concert Opera, as well as returns to several international opera houses, performing in La Cenerentola at Opéra national de Paris, La sonnambula at Opernhaus Zürich and Deutsche Oper Berlin, and I Puritani at Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège. His season also features a 12-stop US tour with bass-baritone Eric Owens performing at the Seattle Symphony, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and more, as well as a performance at Carnegie Hall in March 2019 with Jason Moran and Alicia Hall Moran as part of “Migrations: The Making of America — A Citywide Festival.”

     “The American tenor Lawrence Brownlee is an Ernesto with a warm and soft timbre…he excels in his serenade.”—Opera Online

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    Myra Huang

    Acclaimed by Opera News as being "among the top accompanists of her generation," and "…a colouristic tour de force," by The New York Times, pianist Myra Huang regularly performs in recitals and chamber music concerts around the world.  She has been a guest artist at notable venues around the world, including Carnegie Hall, The U.S. Supreme Court, The Library of Congress, Teatro Alla Scala in Milan, The National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing, and The Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.  In 2014 she performed with bass-baritone Eric Owens and soprano Susanna Phillips at Orchestra Hall in Chicago presented by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Series.  This season, she was presented by The Mariinsky Theater as part of their tour in South America with bass Dmitry Grigoriev.

    Huang has served on the music staffs of the Washington National Opera and New York City Opera (2004-6).  From 2006 until 2008, she was a member of the music staff at the Palau De Les Arts in Valencia, Spain where she worked closely with the company's artistic director Lorin Maazel and director Zubin Mehta.  She regularly participates as the staff pianist for the Operalia competition, directed by Placido Domingo, performing at opera houses around the world.  Huang served as the full-time Head of Music Staff at New York City Opera from 2011-2013.  She is a visiting artist at programs like the Houston Grand Young Artists Studio, the National YoungArts Foundation, and the Butler Opera Center at University of Texas in Austin to train and teach young opera singers and pianists.  This year she joined the music staff of the Music Academy of the West, and she will be making her Wigmore Hall debut with tenor Nicholas Phan in February 2017. 

    The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Boston Globe, and Time Out NY named her album "Winter Words" with tenor Nicholas Phan among the best classical recordings of 2011.  Their second album "Still Falls The Rain" achieved the same status in 2012.  Her album "Paysages" with soprano Susanna Phillips won The Classical Recording Foundation Young Artist of the Year award in 2011.  

    "Myra Huang…a pianist of remarkable artistry." —San Francisco Chronicle

Robert Schumann (1810-1856)

Dichterliebe, Op. 48

Tyshawn Sorey (b. 1980)

Cycles of My Being (Baltimore premiere)

Program Subject to Change Without Notice