Mhairi Lawson’s recent performances with the Lufthansa Festival of Baroque Music, which included the UK premiere of Vivaldi’s opera L’Olimpiade, have received top class reviews.
Singing the role of Aminta in this tale of ancient Olympians, Mhairi was singled out by Laura Battle (The Financial Times) who wrote “Mhairi Lawson as Aminta . . . stole the show, demonstrating a flawless technique throughout, and dispatching the fiendishly difficult Siam navi all’onde algenti with effortless style”. Anna Picard (The Independent) praised her “effortless floritura” and Fiona Maddocks (The Observer) went further, commenting that Mhairi had “the two best arias, which she delivered with verve”.
Also performing in the festival’s final concert, Mhairi provided a “delightful conclusion” with arias from Handel’s Alessandro, singing a “captivating account of Lusinghe piu care . . . a relaxed piece, but still with plenty of passage-work which Lawson encompassed easily, her voice with a warm, soft edge to it” (Robert Hugill, Opera Today).
Future engagements include performances of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with the Gabrieli Consort and Purcell’s Ayres for the Theatre with the Academy of Ancient Music.