Steven LaBrie, Baritone https://www.stevenlabrie.com/
STEVEN LABRIE, a native of Dallas, Texas, is beginning to attract attention for his beautiful timbre, expressive singing and dramatic presence. Mr. LaBrie was named among the five leading lyric baritones to watch by Opera News.
Engagements for the 2018-2019 season include his return to Opera Omaha in his role debut as Belcore in Donizetti's L'Elisir d'Amore; his company debut with Tulsa Opera in the title role of Rossini's Il barbiere di siviglia; and his company and role debuts with San Diego Opera in Heggie's Three Decembersand Teatro Nuovo as Valdeburgo in Bellini's La Straniera. Additionally, Mr. LaBrie will make his debut in concert with the St. Hugh-Steinway Concert Series in Miami, Florida and in Mexico with the Orquesta Filarmónica del Estado de Chihuahua.
During the 2017-2018 season, Mr. LaBrie made his debut as Escamillo in the Sarasota Opera production of Bizet'sCarmen as well as his debut with the Florida Grand Opera as Ríolobo in their production of Catán's Florencia en el Amazonas. Mr. LaBrie also made his debut as Alfonso in Donizetti's La Favorita with the New Amsterdam Opera and performed the title role in Mozart's Don Giovanni with Opera Steamboat. Additionally, he returned to sing with the San Antonio Symphony in Mendelssohn's oratorio Elijah and was featured in a recital of French music for the Brooklyn Art Song Society and a Night at the Opera concert with the Sacramento Philharmonic. Mr. LaBrie also made his return to Carnegie Hall in the Three Baritones Sing American Songs concert, on the occasion of his CD release.
Mr. LaBrie's 2016-2017 season, featured performances of Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia with Opera Hong Kong, Marcello for Opera Omaha's production of La bohèmeand the Count in North Carolina Opera's Le Nozze di Figaro. Additionally, he made his debuts with the San Antonio Symphony performing the baritone solos in Orff's Carmina Burana and with the National Arts Centre Orchestra of Ottawa in the baritone solos of Stravinsky's Pulcinella. He was also featured in a Richard Tucker Foundation Rising Stars of the Opera concert in Beaver Creek, Colorado and with the Tulsa Symphony in the Brahms' Requiem.
In the 2015-2016 season, Mr. LaBrie made his debut at Lyric Opera Baltimore as Figaro in their production of Il barbiere di Siviglia. He also was featured with soprano Erin Wall in recital for the George London Foundation Recital Series and made his Carnegie Hall debut as the soloist in Matthias Pintscher's songs from Solomon's garden with the American Composers Orchestra. Additionally, he was the baritone soloist in Ginastera's Estancia with the New York City Ballet both in New York City and on tour in Paris.
Prior to that, Mr. LaBrie reprised the role of Schaunard for both his return to the Dallas Opera and his debut with the Washington National Opera. He also performed Schubert's Die schöne Müllerin at the Brooklyn Academy of Music and the Jacob's Pillow Festival with Jessica Lang Dance in Ms. Lang's evocative ballet The Wanderer. Additionally, he returned to The Kennedy Center to sing the baritone solos in Carmina Burana with The Catholic University of America Symphony Orchestra and Choruses in a concert celebrating the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music's 50th anniversary.
Mr. LaBrie has received numerous awards and honors including a 2016 Top Prize award and a 2013 Encouragement Grant from the George London Music Foundation in 2016, Second Place from the Gerda Lissner International Vocal Competition as well as the Judges Award with the Opera Index Competition. In 2010, he was an encouragement award winner in Washington, DC for the Metropolitan Opera National Council. He was also awarded First Place in the Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition and Second Place in the Palm Beach Opera Competition in 2008, where he performed in the grand winner's concert accompanied by the Palm Beach Opera Orchestra. That same year, he was awarded Second Place at the Parkinson Competition and was a recipient of the Sergio Franchi Scholarship. In 2006, Mr. LaBrie was a Third Place winner of the Dallas Opera Vocal Competition, where he was also awarded The Mozart Award for best aria interpretation. Additionally, he has been awarded the Grand Prize at the Florida Grand Opera Young Patronesses of the Opera Competition, Fourth Prize at both the Licia Albanese Puccini Foundation Competition and the Giulio Gari Foundation Competition and recently the 2015 Gilda Morelli Prize for Best Vocal and Dramatic Interpretation of an Aria at the Concurso Nacional de Canto Carlo Morelli in Mexico City, which was expecially chosen by tenor Francisco Araiza.
|Catán||Florencia en el Amazonas||Riolobo|
|Gounod||Roméo et Juliette||Mercutio|
|Mozart||Così fan tutte,||Guglielmo|
|Mozart||Le nozze di Figaro||Conte Almaviva|
|Rossini||Il barbiere di Siviglia||Figaro|
|Rossini||Il viaggio a Reims||Don Alvaro|
|Rossini||Le comte Ory||Raimbaud|
|Dubois||Seven Last Words of Christ|
|Pintscher||Songs from Solomon’s Garden|
|Schubert||Die schöne Müllerin|
|Vaughn Williams||Dona nobis pacem|
“Baritone Steven LaBrie makes a thrilling company debut as Madeline’s son, Charlie.”
“LaBrie was a knockout, especially in his opening aria about Burt’s diagnosis.”
Florencia en el Amazonas with the Florida Grand Opera
“Lyric baritone Steven LaBrie stood out as the shamanic figure Riolobo, with a charisma on stage that matched his warm tone.”
“The Texas baritone Steven LaBrie, as Riolobo, had perhaps the most powerful voice on stage Saturday night. It’s a dark, cutting instrument that has what baritones in big character roles need. A tenor-like forcefulness and clarity with the resonance of a bass. He is in enviably good physical shape too, and muscled shirtlessness gave his character another bit of distance from the sailing urbanites in Edwardian getup.”
“Baritone Steven LaBrie handled the unique dual role of Riolobo, the ship’s mate and a quasi-magical creature who functions as a narrator. During a rousing storm scene, when lightning and roiling black water appeared on the screen, LaBrie appeared high above stage as a brilliantly colored butterfly calming the winds. This scene could have come off as hokey were it not for the brilliant lighting, the vibrant coloring of the butterfly - green, purple and blue- and LaBrie‘s imposing vocal and physical presence.”
”Steven LaBrie, a handsome Texas baritone with long dark braids and a runway charisma, makes his FGO debut. He delivers a Riolobo with a resonating captivating sound and crucially makes the dreamlike passages believable.”
“The river, certainly a character in this work, was embodied in the score as in Riolobo, the sturdy long haired baritone LaBrie making fine work at being the conduit between the real life on the boat and the fantastic element encountered along the otherwordly way. Whether he was suggesting to Rosalba that she may find love, observing that the gleam of love had grown dim between Paula and Alvaro, or showing up with wings to implore the angry river to show mercy, his ample baritone was imbued with character.”
La Favorita with New Amsterdam Opera
“While Fernando is the leading role in the opera, it was baritone Steven LaBrie, in the role of Alfonso, that easily stole the show. From the moment LaBrie entered the stage, he showcased a dominant presence that overpowered anyone on stage. He quickly captivated with his confident phrases in his aria ‘Vien Leonora a’piede tuoi.’ His voice, suave and ardent, moved about with flexibility as he shaped the lines with passion. During his subsequent cabaletta, LaBrie gave his baritone a more heroic stance that demonstrated command of his instrument. It was vocal fireworks without superficial vocal pyrothecnics, such as interpolating unnecessary high notes. But more potent was his Act Three aria, ‘A Tanto amor.’ Here he sang with tenderness, caressing each phrase with a gorgeous piano that crescendoed to a forte. His phrases grew in volume as the aria developed, showcasing the ardor and love for Leonora. It was easily the most beautiful moment of the evening and one that showed the varied colors this singer can give. But what also made LaBrie‘s performance standout was his stage presence.”
Recording: Tobias Greenhalgh, Steven LaBrie, Jarret Ott Remember, Roven Records
“The standout is Benjamin Boyle’s Le passage des revês, a skillfull arrangement of four poems by Paul Valéry. Sung by LaBrie with an appealingly grainy tone and supple, eloquent delivery, the songs trace the poet’s shifting emotions during one romantic night.”
“Mr. LaBrie brought the stallion stance of a matador to life with his baritone dominance.”
“A vivid presence in recitative throughout the performance, the dramatic temperature soared whenever LaBrie was on stage.” “The raw strength of the baritone’s performance never overcame his unerring grasp of Mozart’s style: his most ferocious anger was suave.” “His performance of the alegro maestoso ‘Vedro mentr’io sospiro, felice un servo mio’ proved to be one of the afternoon’s musical and dramatic peaks. Neither the trills nor the top F# troubled LaBrie.”
MediaSteven LaBrie Sings Valdeburgo’s Aria from Bellini’s La Straniera
Steven LaBrie sings "Cruda fuensta smania" from Donizetti's Lucia di Lamermoor
Steven LaBrie - "Vien Leonora" from Donizetti's La favorita
Steven LaBrie - "A tanto amor" from La favorita
Steven LaBrie - "Onegin's Act 1 Aria" from Eugene Onegin
Steven LaBrie - "Estuans interius" from Carl Orff's Carmina Burana
Steven LaBrie sings "Dies nox et omnia" from Carl Orff's Carmina Burana
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