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Paolo Albiani in Simone Boccanegra at the Badisches Staatstheater

"Nicholas Brownlee, with his extremely present and powerful bass-baritone, as Simone's adversary Paolo, made a striking role debut that left a powerful impression."

- J.M. Wienecke, Opernglas March 10, 2018



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Nourabad in 'Les pêcheurs de perles' at LA Opera with Plácido Domingo 

"Mention should also be made of the vocally and physically imposing Nicholas Brownlee as the HIgh Priest Nourabad. Even from the top of the stage during the loudest ensembles you could hear him clearly. He’s not even 30 yet and I can only imagine what’s before him." - Patrick Mack, Parterre Box October 9th, 2017

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2015 MONCA Grand Prize Winner

"The bass-baritone Nicholas Brownlee proved the standout among the three male winners, charismatic and charming in his winning interpretation of the catalog aria from Mozart’s “Don Giovanni,” a vocally and physically confident performance that had the audience chuckling. After intermission he switched gears emotionally with a potent rendition of Aleko’s cavatina from the Rachmaninoff opera of the same name." —Vivien Schweitzer, New York Times, March 23, 2015 - Metropolitan Opera National Council Grand Finals


2016 1st Place Winner Hans Gabor Belvedere International Competition

“American baritone Nicholas Brownlee took first prize with a lyrically polished, dramatically authoritative account of Banco’s aria “Come dal ciel precipita” from Verdi’s Macbeth…The 27 year old singer was even more impressive during semi-finals, combining a rich tone, intuitive use of gesture, and commanding presence – in other words, the whole package – in “Schweig, damit dich niemand warnt” from Weber’s Der Freischuetz…there is little doubt that he has the requisite ingredients for an international career.” —Rebecca Schmid, Musical America, July 8, 2016

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10th Anniversary Gala for the Domingo-Colburn-Stein YAP at LA Opera

"Bass-baritone Nicholas Brownlee boomed in a dramatic excerpt from Ruperto Chapi’s “La Tempestad." Catherine Womack, LA Times, April 3rd 2017

"Mr. Brownlee, whose initial physical appearance is an unassuming one, has never impressed me more than on this occasion. His unstintingly passionate and full voiced reading of this study in anger and revenge upped the excitement level considerably. To say nothing of the volume. It’s rare when you hear a baritone who can really cut through an orchestra like this and Mr. Brownlee has this gift in spades."

"I wouldn’t be lying if I said the highlight of the evening for many was Mr. Yoon and Mr. Brownlee, in what appeared to be a very congenial but competitive fashion, blowing a hole clean through ‘Suoni la tromba’ the duet for baritone and bass from Bellini’s I Puritani. Anything you can sing I can sing louder….and they did. You just don’t hear low male voices this big and secure everyday and they both appeared to relish the opportunity to show off: bull canto at its best." Patrick Mack, Parterre Box, April 5th, 2017

Colline in 'La bohème' at LA Opera with Gustavo Dudamel

"As Colline, Nicholas Brownlee sang his Overcoat Aria with burnished bronze tones..." —Maria Nockin, Opera Today, May 30, 2016 - 


Reverend Olin Blitch in Susannah at Pasadena Opera

"Nicholas Brownlee as the fire-and-brimstone preacher is outstanding, breathing vocal passion into the role." Hoyt Hilsman, Huffington Post, January 22nd, 2016