Manager: Michael Benchetrit
Management Territory: Worldwide
Singing Matthias Pintscher's "Songs from Solomon's Garden" with the ACO at Zankel Hall: "... the vocal part, performed here with magisterial beauty by the baritone Steven LaBrie..." Corinna de Fonseca-Wollheim, The New York Times, April 3, 2016
As Figaro in "Il Barbiere di Siviglia" with Lyric Opera Baltimore: "Steven LaBrie made a lithe, handsome Figaro, bringing out the character's uncommon mix of wit and grit with considerable ease. The baritone sang robustly, adding many a subtle nuance along the way." Tim Smith, Baltimore Sun, March 12, 2016
In Recital for the George London Foundation at the Morgan Library, NYC: "LaBrie proved himself a natural. The handsome young baritone commanded the stage from the moment he entered, exuding confidence and charisma, and wielded a voice of pleasing timbre that responded with real pliancy to his interpretive choices. Debussy’s Three Ballads of Francois Villon were a perfect match for him, with their sense of panache, seduction, and wit. He offered a “Ja vas lyublyu” from Queen of Spades that was ardent and impassioned, marked by excellent diction, a beautiful diminuendo, and a final messa da voce that was effortless. His most unusual selection was a series of five ballads by four Mexican composers of the twentieth century: Agustín Lara, Alfonso Esparza Oteo, María Grever, and Ignacio Fernandez Esperón. The Oteo entry, “Dime que sí,” was a waltz that showed how fluidly LaBrie’s voice moves; the Lara, “Humo en los ojos,” exploited both ends of his considerable range. Grever’s “Júrame” was a cry of passion and despair in which LaBrie pulled out all the emotional stops, but tastefully so. Throughout his stage time, he calibrated his vocal production to suit the confines Gilder Lehrman Hall." Eric Myers, Opera News, January 2016
Baritone Steven LaBrie, a native of Dallas, is beginning to attract attention for his beautiful timbre, expressive singing and dramatic presence. Mr. LaBrie’s 2016-2017 season features performances of Figaro in Il Barbiere de Siviglia with Opera Hong Kong, Marcello in La Bohème with Opera Omaha, and the Count in Le Nozze di Figaro with North Carolina Opera. In concert, he will be heard in Carmina Burana with the San Antonio Symphony.
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 appeared with soprano Erin Wall in recital for the George London Foundation Recital Series, with the New York City Ballet singing the baritone solos of Estancia both in New York City and on tour in Paris, and made his Carnegie Hall debut as the soloist in Matthias Pintscher’s Songs from Solomon’s Garden with the American Composers Orchestra.
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 (CUA) 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, 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 especially chosen by Francisco Araiza.