March 8, 2019
Powerhouse vocalists Lawrence Brownlee and Eric Owens joined by Grant Wood Fellow Brandon Alexander Williams for our final Creative Matters collaboration of the 2018-2019 season. Hancher is always excited to partner with the Creative Matters team on this series that seeks to demonstrate that creativity is not only at the core of all research and discovery, but also central to our human experience. Listen in to hear Brownlee and Owens discuss their journeys into the field of opera, the artists whose work inspires them most, the necessity of infusing artistry with authenticity, the insights they share with students in masterclasses, the reason they will always consider themselves students, and more. Named 2017 “Male Singer of the Year” by both the International Opera Awards and Bachtrack, Lawrence Brownlee has been hailed by the Associated Press as one of “the world’s leading bel canto tenors.” Brownlee also serves as Artistic Advisor at Opera Philadelphia, helping the company to expand their repertoire, diversity efforts and community initiatives. Bass-baritone Eric Owens has a unique reputation as an esteemed interpreter of classic works and a champion of new music. He has been recognized with multiple honors, including the Musical America’s 2017 “Vocalist of the Year” award. Brandon Alexander Williams is a poet, MC, and DJ. He is currently a visiting instructor in the UI School of Music where he teaches courses in Hip-Hop.