February 7, 2018

Lawrence Brownlee is one of the leading tenors of our time. He has sung on opera and recital stages all over the world. Tomorrow night, he will sing in Chicago, wearing the same boots that Pavarotti once wore (in Bellini’s “Puritani”).

A kid from northeastern Ohio, Brownlee is a huge Pittsburgh Steelers fan. He has sung the national anthem at Pittsburgh and other NFL games. And, yes, he interpolates the high note at the end of “the land of the free.”

With Jay, he talks about his life and career, and singing and music. His favorite singers? Well, he likes none more than Mel Tormé – whom he first learned about (as many people did) from the sitcom “Night Court.”

On the way out, we hear a little of Brownlee in the “high C’s” aria from Donizetti’s “Daughter of the Regiment.” Discuss this episode at Ricochet

Pictured: Brownlee sings at a luncheon in honor of Italian Prime Minister Renzi in Washington, October 18, 2016 (via Flickr).