WNO's season-opening The Barber of Seville introduces one of the world's most sought-after tenors: Ohio-born Lawrence Brownlee, who has made Rossini's love-besotted Count Almaviva central to his repertory. He began his meteoric career rise at Virginia Opera (in Barber) just after finishing graduate studies at Indiana University in 2001. Months later he launched his international reputation as Almaviva at Milan's revered La Scala. His bravura interpretations of Rossini roles have won ovations in Vienna, San Francisco, Paris, Berlin, Houston and Tokyo. The Barber of Seville figures among his growing list of recordings.