Lawrence Brownlee and Eric Owens

February 28, 2019 – 7:30pm – Brendle Recital Hall

Lawrence Brownlee

Hailed by the Associated Press as one of “the world’s leading bel canto tenors,” American-born Lawrence Brownlee captivates audiences and critics around the world. His voice, praised by NPR as “an instrument of great beauty and expression…perfectly suited to the early nineteenth century operas of Rossini and Donizetti,” has ushered in “a new golden age in high male voices” (The New York Times). In 2017, he received the Male Singer of the Year award from both the International Opera Awards and Bachtrack. His recording of Virtuoso Rossini Arias was nominated for a GRAMMY™ Award, and prompted New Yorker critic Alex Ross to ask “is there a finer Rossini tenor than Lawrence Brownlee?”

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Eric Owens

Bass-baritone Eric Owens has a unique reputation as an esteemed interpreter of classic works and a champion of new music. Equally at home in orchestral, recital, and operatic repertoire, Mr. Owens brings his powerful poise, expansive voice, and instinctive acting faculties to stages around the world.

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Myra Huang, piano

Myra HuangAcclaimed by Opera News as being “among the top accompanists of her generation,” and “…a colouristic tour de force,” by The New York Times, Grammy®-nominated pianist Myra Huang performs in recitals and chamber music concerts around the world.  Highly sought after for her interpretation of lieder and art song as well as her depth of musicianship and impeccable technique, she regularly performs with acclaimed opera singers around the world.  Last season, she made her Wigmore Hall debut in London with tenor Nicholas Phan.  She also toured with The Mariinsky Theater and Maestro Valery Gergiev throughout South America, performing as part of their art festival with bass Dmitry Grigoriev.  This season, she performs recitals with singers Larry Brownlee, Nicholas Phan, Susanna Phillips, Eric Owens, Quinn Kelsey, Marjorie Owens, at Carnegie Hall, The Herbst Theatre, The Boston Celebrity Series, The Schubert Club, The Gilmore Festival, Shriver Hall, The Park Avenue Armory, The George London Foundation, and more.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Non più andrai” from Le Nozze di Figaro

Gaetano Donizetti

“Ah! mes amis, quel jour de fête!” from La fille du regiment

Giuseppe Verdi

“Infelice! E tuo credevi” from Ernani

Gaetano Donizetti

“Voglio dire, lo stupendo elisir” from L’elisir d’amore

“Una furtiva lagrima” from L’elisir d’amore

Charles Gounod

“Le veau d’or” from Faust

Georges Bizet

“Je crois entendre encore” from Les Pêcheurs de Perles

 “Au fond du temple saint” from Les Pêcheurs de Perles


Traditional Spirituals

All Night, All Day, arr. Damien Sneed

Deep River, arr. Hall Johnson

Come By Here, arr. Damien Sneed

Give Me Jesus, traditional

He’s Got the Whole World In His Hand, arr. Margaret Bonds/Craig Terry

American Popular Songs

Song of Songs    Harold Vicars and Clarence Lucas, arr. Craig Terry

Lulu’s Back In Town    Harry Warren and Al Dubin, arr. Craig Terry

Dolores    Frank Loesser and Louis Alter, arr. Craig Terry

Lollipops and Roses    Tony Velona

Through the Years    Vincent Youmans

Gospel Favorites

 I Don’t Feel No Ways Tired

Peace Be Still

Every Time I Feel the Spirit


Program subject to change.


Enrich your experience by joining a pre-performance talk at 6:40 pm in M208, adjacent to Brendle Recital Hall.

Bryon Grohman

Bryon Grohman

This evening’s talk will be led by Dr. Bryon Grohman, Assistant Professor of Music at Wake Forest University. Talk attendees will be taken on a tour of the vocal acoustics at play in male operatic singing. Dr. Grohman will also unlock some of the mysteries associated with the powerful tenor “High C,” by exploring the physiological and acoustic principals needed to accomplish such heroic vocal production. You will also look inside the bass-baritone voice and discuss the concept of vocal registers, highlighting what exactly makes bass-baritone voices sound so rich and acoustically complex.



All tickets are general admission and doors to the hall open at 7:00 PM.

Adults – $18

Senior (62+) – $15

Non-WFU Student (12+) – $10

Child (5-12) – $5

Children under 5 free

Admission is free for WFU students, faculty, staff, and retirees by showing your WFU or WFU Medical School ID.

Wake Forest University and Medical School faculty, staff and retirees receive free admission for themselves and one guest to each Secrest Artists Series performance. WFU students and Medical School students receive free admission for themselves. Simply show your WFU I.D. at the door.

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Lawrence Brownlee, tenor
Lawrence Brownlee, tenor
Eric Owens, bass baritone
Eric Owens, bass-baritone