“Lawrence Brownlee has an instrument of great beauty and expression…perfectly suited to the nineteenth-century operas of Rossini and Donizetti.” -NPR
“American bass-baritone Eric Owens speaks to you even in his silences…and shakes you when he sings.” -Chicago Sun-Times
Hear the reigning male stars of opera in this extraordinary performance! Lawrence Brownlee is acknowledged as “one of the world’s leading bel canto tenors” (Associated Press), and has taken the opera world by storm, performing at nearly every major opera house and with dozens of world-class orchestras. “The towering bass-baritone Eric Owens” is acclaimed for his “magnificent, powerful, unbearably moving” (The New York Times) performances in the great roles of opera as well as new works. For the Virginia Arts Festival, this pair of virtuoso voices joins in a program of operatic classics and spirituals in the Attucks Theatre, where the echoes of history complement their performance.