Steven LaBrie - Baritone


Steven LaBrie, Baritone https://www.stevenlabrie.com/

Baritone Steven LaBrie’s 2017-2018 season features debuts with Sarasota Opera as Escamillo in Carmen and Florida Grand Opera as Riolobo in Florencia en el Amazonas as well as a return to San Antonio Symphony for performances of Elijah. Future projects include a return to Opera Omaha as Belcore in L’elisir d’amore, and debuts with San Diego Opera as Charlie Mitchell in Three Decembers and Tulsa Opera as Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia.

Other notable engagements include performances of Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia with Opera Hong Kong and Lyric Opera Baltimore, Marcello in La Bohème with Opera Omaha, the Count in Le Nozze di Figaro with North Carolina Opera, performances of Estancia with New York City Ballet both in New York City and Paris as well as in recital for the George London Foundation. In concert, he was heard in Carmina Burana with the San Antonio Symphony and Brahms’s Requiem with the Tulsa Symphony and at Carnegie Hall as the soloist in Matthias Pintscher’s Songs from Solomon’s Garden with the American Composers Orchestra.

Opera Repertoire

Composer Opera Role
Bizet Carmen Escamillo
Catán Florencia en el Amazonas Riolobo
Donizetti La favorita Alfonso
Donizetti L’elisir d’amore Belcore
Donizetti Don Pasquale Malatesta
Gounod Roméo et Juliette Mercutio
Gounod Faust Valentin*
Heggie Three Decembers Charlie
Leoncavallo Pagliacci Silvio
Mozart Così fan tutte, Guglielmo
Mozart Le nozze di Figaro Conte Almaviva
Mozart Don Giovanni Giovanni
Puccini Turandot Ping
Puccini La bohème Marcello
Rossini Il barbiere di Siviglia Figaro
Rossini Il viaggio a Reims Don Alvaro
Rossini Le comte Ory Raimbaud
Tchaikovsky Eugene Onegin Onegin

Concert Repertoire

Composer Composition Role
Bach Christmas Oratorio
Brahms Requiem
Dubois Seven Last Words of Christ
Faure Requiem*
Ginastera Estancia
Mendelssohn Elijah
Orff Carmina Burana
Pintscher Songs from Solomon’s Garden
Schubert Die schöne Müllerin
Stravinsky Pulcinella
Vaughn Williams Dona nobis pacem
*in preparation

Press Acclaim

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.”

Opera News by Celeste Landeros

“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.”

Palm Beach Arts Paper by Greg Stepanich

“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.”

So. Florida Classical Review by David Fleshler

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.”

Florida Theatre on Stage by Bill Hirschman

“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.”

Miamiartzine by Steve Gladstone

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.”

Operawire by Francisco Salazar

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.”

Opera News by Joanne Sydney Lessner

“Mr. LaBrie brought the stallion stance of a matador to life with his baritone dominance.”

Broadway World by Carolan Trbovich

“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.”

Voix des Arts by Joseph Newsmen

Media

Steven LaBrie - "Vien Leonora" from Donizetti's La favorita

Steven LaBrie - "A tanto amor" from La favorita

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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