Mhairi Lawson


LAWSON Mhairi Soprano

Whilst still a student at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Mhairi won the International Early Music Network Young Artists Prize with the fortepianist Olga Tverskaya, which led to her first CD recording of Haydn’s English and Scottish Songs.

As a soloist Mhairi has performed in opera houses and concert halls worldwide with such companies as English National Opera, Les Arts Florissants, The Gabrieli Consort and The Scottish Chamber Orchestra, and with many leading conductors such as William Christie, Sir Charles Mackerras, Paul McCreesh, Jane Glover and Sir John Eliot Gardiner, in repertoire ranging from traditional folksong to opera.

With Les Arts Florissants, Mhairi has performed dramatic music by Purcell, Charpentier, Landi and Monteverdi at Paris’ Cite de la Musique and throughout Europe, including London’s Barbican Centre and Birmingham’s Symphony Hall.  At the Wigmore Hall, she has performed operas by Purcell, Handel and Hasse with the Early Opera Company.  Handel’s Messiah has taken her to Amsterdam, Utrecht, Paris and Barcelona with the Netherlands Bach Society and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.  A strong relationship with the Gabrieli Consort and Players has provided opportunities to sing Purcell’s Fairy Queen at the BBC Proms in the Royal Albert Hall, and to tour Scandinavia and the Netherlands in the title roles of Acis and Galatea and Dido and Aeneas and further afield to Jerusalem and the Beaune Festival in France.  Mhairi has sung Bach’s St John Passion in New York’s Lincoln Centre, and in Weimar, Germany, the B minor Mass in Bach’s own church in Leipzig, and the St Matthew Passion throughout Spain. At English National Opera she sang Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas and King Arthur in productions with the mark Morris Dance Group. Consequently Mhairi travelled to California for further performances of King Arthur with the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, San Francisco.

Work with European Symphony orchestras includes Handel’s Athalia in Madrid, Bach’s Christmas Oratorio in Zurich and Vivaldi’s Gloria and Mozart concert and operatic arias in Nantes, France.

With the virtuoso baroque band, La Serenissima, Mhairi had performed Vivaldi’s La Senna Festeggiante and Laudate Pueri in D in Venice, and recorded arias by Vivaldi, Hasse and Giacomelli for their discs Vivaldi in Arcadia and Music for the Pieta which have consistenly received four and five star reviews in the national press and music industry publications.  This success continues with the release of recordings of Vivaldi cantatas L’amore per Elvira and a newly discovered vocal work by the mysterious ‘Composer X’.  This year welcomes a disc of arias from the operas La fida ninfa and La constanza trionfante.

Recital engagements include songs from the British folksong tradition and Lieder by Haydn, Mozart, Schubert, Schumann, Strauss and Wolf with appearances in the Edinburgh Festival, Newcastle and York Universities and recordings for BBC Radio 3.