Mhairi Lawson’s Handelian performances attract rave reviews

28 July 2009

Mhairi Lawson’s Handelian performances this summer have continued to attract rave reviews, especially from her most recent roles as Dorinda (Orlando) at the Buxton Festival conducted by Christian Curnyn, and Iphis (Jephtha), with the Gabrieli Consort and players, conducted by Paul McCreesh at the Barbican Hall, having just been performed in Paris the week before. Hilary Finch (The Times) wrote that “...true Handelian style at last surfaces in the voice of Mhairi Lawson as the sadly wise nurse Dorinda”, and Agnes Kory (MusicalCriticism.com) writes “Mhairi Lawson (Iphis) is a great communicator, charmingly seductive but also disciplined and tasteful. She told the story with suitable pure voice, lovely tone-colour changes and facial expressions…”. Geoff Brown (The Times) comments “Mhairi Lawson’s clear-voiced Iphis - light as a fairy in ‘Tune the melodious flute’, touchingly fragile minutes later after accepting her lot as a sacrificial offering.”

Mhairi will be performing Handel’s Israel in Egypt with Arsys Borgogne in La Chaise-Dieu, France at the end of August, and Handel’s Messiah with the Academy of Ancient Music on a European tour conducted by Richard Egarr in December.

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