Metropolitan Opera's Rising Tenor to Perform in Potsdam


Lawrence Brownlee will perform with pianist Martin Katz on Friday, March 15 at 7:30 p.m. in Hosmer Hall at SUNY Potsdam.

Community Performance Series will present acclaimed tenor Lawrence Brownlee in concert with pianist Martin Katz on Friday, March 15 at 7:30 p.m. in the Helen M. Hosmer Concert Hall at SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music.

A free pre-concert lecture will be given by Dr. Lonel Woods at 6:30 p.m. Katz and Brownlee will each lead a masterclass with voice students from The Crane School of Music on Saturday, March 16. These masterclasses will be open to the public. Please contact the CPS Box Office for additional information. 

Brownlee’s performance will feature art songs by Poulenc, Marx and Verdi, as well as Spanish inspired folk songs and spirituals. 

“There are other singers that sing this repertory very well, but I don’t think anyone else has quite as beautiful a sound and as rounded a tone,” said Speight Jenkins, the general director of the Seattle Opera, who further went on to praise Mr. Brownlee’s “incredible top notes.”

A seasoned bel canto musician, Brownlee has been featured in nearly every major theater and opera house in the world. Brownlee has performed recitals at the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall, in Atlanta, Tokyo, in London’s Rosenblatt Series, and in other performances around the United States under the auspices of the Marilyn Horne Foundation. He has, among other notable roles, been featured in the Metropolitan Opera’s productions of “Armida” and “La Fille du Régiment.”

Named the Seattle Opera’s 2008 Artist of the Year, Brownlee has been honored repeatedly. Most notably, Brownlee received the Opera Company of Philadelphia’s 2007 Alter Award for Artistic Excellence, and the 2006 Marian Anderson and Richard Tucker awards. He is the only artist to ever have this honor in the same year. As a new performer, he also participated in young artist programs at both the Seattle and Wolf Trap Operas.

Brownlee will be joined by pianist Martin Katz, who has become one of the world’s busiest collaborators. He has been in constant demand by the world's most celebrated vocal soloists for more than 35 years. Marilyn Horne, Renata Tebaldi, Cesare Siepi, Evelyn Lear, Katia Ricciarelli, Tatiana Troyanos, Nicolai Gedda, Regine Crespin, Grace Bumbry, Monserrat Caballe and many others have invited Katz to share the stage in recitals on five continents. Katz was also the recipient of the 1998 Accompanist of the Year Award from Musical America, an honor that was coined expressly for him. Katz recently released a book, “The Complete Collaborator: The Pianist as Partner,” through Oxford University Press, which was highly recommended by the Journal of Singing.

“Martin Katz must surely be considered the dean of collaborative pianists," the Los Angeles Times said. 

Tickets range from $18 to $30 for adults, with additional discounts for students, seniors and SUNY Potsdam faculty and staff. Tickets can be purchased online at, or by phone at (315) 267-2277. Patrons may also purchase tickets at the CPS Box Office, located in the lobby of the Sara M. Snell Music Theater on the SUNY Potsdam campus, or at Northern Music & Video in downtown Potsdam.

This concert is a Share A Story event, a season-long book drive to benefit area school libraries. Community members are encouraged to donate a new or gently used copy of their favorite book. Donations will be accepted at the event, as well as during normal box office hours. All donations accepted will enter patrons into a drawing to win a pair of season tickets to both the 2013-14 CPS Guest Artist Series and Meet the Arts Series.

Established in 1989, CPS is a college-community partnership presenting world-class performing artists and arts education opportunities in Northern New York. This rich mixture of programming links communities, classrooms and audiences of all ages and preserves access to the performing arts for future generations.

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