One of the most acclaimed tenors in the world today, Lawrence Brownlee is featured on Played in Oregon! The winner of the 2017 International Opera Awards Male Singer of the Year performed a Friends of Chamber Music concert in Portland this spring, and this week on Played in Oregon we’ll hear his moving performance of Robert Schumann’s song cycle Dichterliebe, or songs of the poets love.
The text of this piece was written by German poet Heinrich Heine. The Prologue tells of a sorrowful knight who sits gloomily in his house all day, but is visited by his fairy bride at night, and dances with her until daylight returns. 65 poems follow, of which the 16 are set to music here.
ABOUT LAWRENCE: 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.