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

  • Running Time - 1 hour and 15 minutes

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 selection alongside J’Nai Bridges, 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.

Stream the performance live on Lyric’s YouTube and Facebook channels on Sunday, July 26 at 6:00 PM CDT.

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Upcoming Dates
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July 2020



6:00 PM

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

Mary and Lionel Go
Carol "Mickey" Norton

Photo: Kyle Flubacker