Lyric’s Ryan Opera Center Presents Lawrence Brownlee and Friends: The Next Chapter

  • Running Time - 1 hour and 30 minutes

Stream the performance on Lyric’s YouTube channel or Facebook page.

Lyric’s Ryan Opera Center presents a free virtual concert celebrating the depth and breadth of Black artistry, hosted by world-renowned tenor Lawrence Brownlee, who also serves as artistic advisor for the event.

The concert will also feature prominent Ryan Opera Center alumni — soprano Whitney Morrison, mezzo-soprano J'Nai Bridges, and baritone Will Liverman — and three current 2020/21 Ryan Opera Center Ensemble members — tenors Martin Luther Clark and Lunga Eric Hallam, and baritone Leroy Davis.

Performances will be accompanied by Craig Terry, the Grammy-Award winning music director of the Ryan Opera Center, and Chris Reynolds, current Ensemble pianist. Members of the Lyric Opera Orchestra will also appear in a special selection, performing from their homes.

Each of the performers has selected some of their favorite repertoire to share, resulting in a dynamic combination of arias, songs, and spirituals, showcasing the virtuosic range of the artists.

The event title recognizes the event as an expanded "next chapter" to a wonderfully successful, sold-out community concert event that was held in Fall 2019.

Watch on YouTube

Watch on Facebook

Upcoming Dates
Full Calendar

Program Notes

We invite you to learn more about the artists performing in Lawrence Brownlee and Friends: The Next Chapter and explore each piece that has been personally chosen by these gifted artists through the program notes.

Streaming Guide

For live English translations, we recommend turning on closed captions. For more tips and tricks to improve your viewing experience, visit our streaming guide.

Meet the artists

Lawrence Brownlee

Host and Artistic Advisor

Craig Terry

Pianist and Ryan Opera Center Music Director

Whitney Morrison+


J'Nai Bridges+


Will Liverman+


Martin Luther Clark**


Lunga Eric Hallam**


Leroy Davis**


Chris Reynolds**


+ Ryan Opera Center alumni

** Current Ryan Opera Center Ensemble member


Walter E. Heller Foundation
Rhoda and Henry Frank Family Foundation
Cherryl T. Thomas

Mary and Lionel Go
Carol "Mickey" Norton
Debbie K. Wright

Photo: Kyle Flubacker