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Friday, June 12, 2015

Opera Review: Learning to Fly

Lawrence Brownlee flies high in Charlie Parker's YARDBIRD.
by Paul J. Pelkonen

(Ed. Note: the complete review of YARDBIRD appears on the website OperaPulse.)
The jazz-man testifies: Lawrence Brownlee in Charlie Parker's YARDBIRD.
Photo by Dominic Mercier © 2015 Opera Philadelphia.
The American tenor Lawrence Brownlee rose to fame singing bel canto repertory, operas that require a light and agile voice with a bright, even brassy tone. This month at Opera Philadelphia, Brownlee applies his remarkable instrument to the title role of Charlie Parker’s YARDBIRD. In this new opera by Daniel Schnyder, Brownlee portays not just the famous jazz musician (who died in 1955 at just 34 years old) but his signature alto saxophone sound, using his nimble instrument to create the vocal equivalent of Parker’s bebop.

To read the whole review by Paul J. Pelkonen, visit OperaPulse.

Watch a video trailer for Charlie Parker's YARDBIRD here.

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Since 2007, Superconductor has grown from an occasional concert or CD review to a near-daily publication covering classical music, opera and the arts in and around NYC, with excursions to Boston, Philadelphia, and upstate NY. I am a freelance writer living and working in Brooklyn NY. And no, I'm not a conductor.