The best place to encounter a singer’s full potential is during recital concerts such as these, where you are also able to see the singer up close. Within the recital, a whole world is created, or a life-story narrated, and an endless range of moods is made possible with songs presented from different eras, styles and countries. Since the singer chooses their repertoire together with a pianist, the images and emotions that they can convey to the audience become a highly personal story. Experiencing the interplay between a singer and a skilled pianist is in itself usually what makes the concert worth attending.
For the concert series we call Grandi voci (Italian for “Grand voices”), we invite some of the greatest singers to the Main Stage. The singer and a pianist will perform in front of the curtain, which will reflect the sound outwards, making the acoustics both grand and intimate.
Recital with Lawrence Brownlee
Homage to Pavarotti, with pianist Henning Ruhe
American tenor Lawrence Brownlee spellbinds audiences and critics around the world. He is “one of the world’s leading bel canto stars” (The Guardian) and “one of the most in-demand opera singers in the world today” (NPR). Brownlee is now coming to Gothenburg for a recital that pays tribute to Luciano Pavarotti.
Lawrence Brownlee’s voice is a “versatile instrument of great beauty and expression” (NPR Music), whether singing Rossini, Donizetti or contemporary music. With his apparently effortless high C and D-flat and his ever-increasing presence in operas, recitals and concerts of more contemporary music, Brownlee has sealed his place as one of our greatest exponents of classical music.
His signature roles are Rossini’s Count Almaviva, in Il barbiere di Siviglia and Don Ramiro in La cenerentola, and in the 2022/23 season he will be returning to the Metropolitan Opera in New York for Tamino in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte. He is a regular guest artist on the world’s leading opera and concert stages, including the Metropolitan Opera, La Scala, Covent Garden, Bayerische Staatsoper, Wiener Staatsoper, Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall and the Kennedy Center.
As a concert pianist, Henning Ruhe has won many international competitions and given solo and chamber concerts on prestigious stages in Europe, North America and Asia. He has been the Göteborg Opera’s artistic director of opera and drama since January 2020.
“With his sweet tone, fastidious pitch, and poetic phrasing, Brownlee made familiar fare sound intriguingly fresh, banishing, for a moment, the ghosts of Caruso and Pavarotti” (The New Yorker).