Nicholas Brownlee, a native of Mobile, Alabama, is a second year graduate student at Rice University studying with Dr. Stephen King. He received his Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the University of South Alabama. His operatic roles include Figaro in The Marriage of Figaro and the King in Ariodante at Rice University, Doctor Grenvil in La Traviata with the Wolf Trap Opera Company, the title role in Gianni Schicchi with South Alabama Opera Theater, and Prince Gremin in Eugene Onegin with the International Vocal Arts Institute in Tel Aviv. He was part of the inaugural Young Artist Vocal Academy with Houston Grand Opera; in addition he spent a summer in Beijing with I Sing Beijing. In 2011, he was a national semi-finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. In April 2014 he will be the bass soloist for Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Naples Philharmonic and in the summer of 2014 he will be a an Apprentice Artist with the Santa Fe Opera.