Lawrence BrownleeTenor
Myra HuangPiano

Lawrence Brownlee

Saturday, March 31, 2018 | 7:30pm

Herbst TheatreVenue Information



SCHUMANN: Dichterliebe
TYSHAWN SOREY: Cycles of My Being (West Coast Premiere)


HOAGY CARMICHAEL: The Nearness of You

Performance Sponsors

Helen Berggruen, Five Arts Foundation
The Bernard Osher Foundation

About This Performance

Tenor Lawrence Brownlee’s SF Performances recital debut explores the range of songs from the unbridled Romanticism of Schumann’s beloved Dichterliebe cycle to the West Coast premiere of a new song cycle entitled Cycles of My Being, composed by rising star Tyshawn Sorey. The piece will look at what it means to be an African American man living in America today, with the world premiere February 20 at Opera Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, followed by performances at Lyric Opera of Chicago, Carnegie Hall, and SFP’s performance at the Herbst Theatre.

Performer Biographies

Named 2017 “Male Singer of the Year” by both the International Opera Awards and Bachtrack, American-born Lawrence Brownlee has been hailed by the Associated Press as one of “the world’s leading bel canto tenors.” 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 2017–18 season starts with a run of Rossini operas, beginning with his house debut at the Gran Teatre del Liceu Barcelona with Il Viaggio A Reims, followed by Il Barbiere Di Siviglia at Opernhaus Zürich and Semiramide at the Royal Opera House in London, before returning to Zürich for Le Comte Ory. Then Lawrence will sing Bellini’s I Puritani at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier at the Bayerische Staatsoper (including a concert performance at Carnegie Hall), and then Donizetti’s Don Pasquale at Opéra National de Paris.

The season will also include the world premiere of a song cycle centered around black male experience in America today, touching on the recent series of tragic deaths, and the Black Lives Matter movement that has arisen as a result. Tyshawn Sorey will compose the music, with text by poet Terrance Hayes. The piece has been commissioned by Philadelphia and Carnegie Hall, and Brownlee will tour it to major venues around the U.S., including the world premiere in Philadelphia, followed by performances in San Francisco, Utah, Portland, Boston, Princeton, Illinois, New York’s Carnegie Hall, Virginia and Michigan.

Acclaimed by Opera News as being “among the top accompanists of her generation,” pianist Myra Huang regularly performs in recitals and chamber music concerts around the world. In addition to many chamber music concerts and recitals at the Palau De Les Arts in Valencia, Spain, she recently performed recitals at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, the University of Chicago, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York with tenor Nicholas Phan, and at Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall with soprano Susanna Phillips. She also performs regularly in association with the Marilyn Horne Foundation at Carnegie Hall and throughout the US.

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