THE CELEBRITY SERIES welcomes opera superstar, tenor Lawrence Brownlee as the first interview of the new year. Brownlee is perhaps one of the most internationally acclaimed singers on opera stages around the world. Proudly carrying the torch passed by the legendary tenor, George Shirley, Mr. Brownlee majestically carries forth the rich legacy set by his predecessor. Superstar Metropolitan Opera tenor Lawrence Brownlee is one of the most consistently sought-after artists on the international scene. He is lauded continually for the beauty of his voice, his seemingly effortless technical agility, and his dynamic and engaging dramatic skills. Mr. Brownlee’s professional stage debut took place in 2002 as Almaviva in Barbiere with Virginia Opera, a role he subsequently performed in: Vienna, Milan, Berlin, Madrid, Berlin, Dresden, Munich, Baden-Baden, Hamburg, Tokyo, New York, Washington, San Diego and Boston, among other memorable engagements. A native of Youngstown Ohio, Mr. Brownlee received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Anderson University and a Master of Music degree from Indiana University.