Bass-baritone Nicholas Brownlee is a 2015 winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. In the 2015/16 season, he will be returning for his second year as a Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist at LA Opera, where he will make role debuts as the Speaker in The Magic Flute, the Bonze in Madama Butterfly and Captain Gardiner in Moby-Dick, all conducted by James Conlon, as well as Colline in La Bohème conducted by Gustavo Dudamel. The 2015/16 season also includes his Atlanta Opera debut as Colline in La Bohème. In 2015 he will also be returning for his second summer at Santa Fe Opera, appearing as the First Soldier in Salome as well as covering the roles of Sulpice in The Daughter of the Regiment and the Blind Man in the world premiere of Jennifer Higdon’s Cold Mountain. He made his debut with that company in 2014 as Don Fernando in Fidelio. The 2014/15 season saw his debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic as the bass soloist in the Beethoven Choral Fantasy, conducted by Gustavo Dudamel, as well as his Barbican Hall debut in London with the BBC Symphony Orchestra in Unsuk Chin’s Alice in Wonderland, which he also performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at Walt Disney Concert Hall. In April 2015, he performs the role of Don Basilio in Giovanni Paisiello’s 1782 adaptation of The Barber of Seville, under the baton of James Conlon, with the USC Thornton School of Music Orchestra. He is a first place winner of the Palm Springs Opera Guild Competition.
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National Council Auditions