Lawrence Brownlee: Juilliard refused me an audition

Lawrence Brownlee: Juilliard refused me an audition

David Krauss’s latest guest on Speaking Soundly is the outstanding American tenor Lawrence Brownlee. His ascent was not easy. He sang Tamino in The Magic Flute before he had ever seen an opera.

He was singing gospel in his parents’ choir: ‘we didn’t learn by sheet music, people would be told their part… I would pipe up: that’s not right!’

‘Pavarotti was the first one whose sound made me sit up and think, I want to do that if I can.’

‘This agent said I wouldn’t have any career… maybe in some small place in Germany.’

Listen here.

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