"Mhairi Lawson sang with precision and agility, injecting colour and weight into her soprano with expressive thoughtfulness"
"True Handelian style surfaces in the voice of Mhairi Lawson"
"…a crystal stream of pure, limpid soprano sound…"
The Sunday Times
"Soprano Mhairi Lawson proves as unfailingly beautiful in tone as she is neat in execution"
BBC Music Magazine
Mhairi Lawson has performed in opera houses and concert halls worldwide. In the UK, she has regularly collaborated with such companies as The Gabrieli Consort & Players, The Academy of Ancient Music, English National Opera, The Early Opera Company 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.
This season, Mhairi sings Handel’s Messiah with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Bach’s B minor Mass with the Bath Bach Choir, Haydn’s Creation with the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra, and performances of Purcell’s King Arthur on tour with the Gabrieli Consort.
Recent highlights include performances of Purcell Songes & Ayres and Handel’s Messiah with the Dunedin Consort, Bach’s St Matthew Passion with BBC NOW, Haydn’s Creation with the Arctic Philharmonic, regular residencies at the Carmel Bach Festival in the USA, and Mhairi continues her recital collaboration with Eugene Asti.
A keen recitalist, engagements have included 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, recordings for BBC Radio 3, and a recital with lutenist Elizabeth Kenny as part of the St Magnus International Festival.
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Handel Messiah, Dunedin Consort, Queen’s Hall Edinburgh
It was a directness mirrored in his quartet of soloists’ contributions. Mhairi Lawson’s I know That My Redeemer Liveth, for example, was a simple, sincere expression of faith, and all the more powerful for that, delivered with her exquisite silvery soprano.
David Kettle, The Scotsman*****
CD: Chisholm: Songs, Delphian DCD34259
A rather different style of humour is on display in Glances, which John Purser aptly sums up as “highly suggestive and harmonically coquettish”. Mhairi Lawson and Iain Burnside deliver this with a definite twinkle in the eye. …Diarmait's Sleep, sung by Mhairi Lawson, is a touching lullaby to a sleeping lover. This is beautifully performed, as is Lament, which is all the more affecting on account of the restraint of the setting. Right at the end of the programme Ms Lawson gives us Home Sickness. This is very beautiful. …The penultimate song, ‘Innocence’ has Ms Lawson back in front of the microphone. This may well be my favourite among the set; its simple eloquence touches the heart and the fragile delicacy of Mhairi Lawson’s singing is just right. …Their voices sound extremely pleasing and the clarity of voice and of diction that each of them brings to their respective performances is very welcome.
John Quinn, MusicWeb International
Reflective prayers and laments are given a spring-water freshness by Lawson’
David Patrick Stearns, Gramophone
Handel Brockes-Passion, Arcangelo, Alpha Classics
ALPHA644 (March 2021)
Mhairi Lawson’s shining soprano excels in her reflective arias towards the end of the work (the assuaging ‘Was Wunder, dass der Sonnen Pracht’, softly coloured by bassoons, is one of several foretastes of Acis and Galatea).
Purcell: Songs & Ayres, Dunedin Consort at the Lammermuir Festival
Dunedin programmes are always inventive affairs, and this one showed not just a creative choice of repertoire, but joy taken in the variety of what was on offer, crowned by Mhairi Lawson’s shining soprano which gave the songs star quality that they probably didn’t have when they were first performed.
Simon Thompson, Seen and Heard International
Purcell King Arthur 1691, Gabrieli Consort & Players
Signum Classics SIGCD589 (October 2019)
Nine singers shared the songs and choruses between them, a flawless ensemble of equals, though Anna Dennis and Mhairi Lawson stood out as a seductive pair of sirens.
Tim Ashley, The Guardian*****
Purcell King Arthur, Gabrieli Consort & Players, St John’s Smith Square
Overall, this is a cultivated performance, well sung and played …First-rate voices are onboard, including Anna Dennis, Mhairi Lawson…
Richard Fairman, The Financial Times****
Purcell King Arthur, Gabrieli Consort & Players, Auditorio Baluarte
Pamplona (October 2019)
The most important sopranos were Anna Dennis and Mhairi Lawson, who among other pages offered a delicious duet, in which the two shone in their own light.
José M. Irurzun, Beckmesser
It is important to mention the other three vocal soloists, the soprano Mhairi Lawson, the tenor Jeremy Budd and the bassist Robert Davies (replacing Marcus Farnsworth), who in all their solo interventions were singing at a high tessitura.
Enrique Bert, Platea Magazine
Handel and the Rival Queens, Early Opera Company, St John’s Smith Square
Lawson delivered Bordoni’s florid numbers with neat technical fluency.
Hugh Canning, The Times
Purcell King Arthur, Gabrieli Consort & Players
Melbourne Recital Centre (February 2019)
All six of Gabrieli’s high-calibre soloists brought something special, including soprano Mhairi Lawson and bass-baritone Ashley Riches injecting gentle fun into the masque led by Cupid and the Cold Genius.
Patricia Maunder, Limelight Magazine
Soprano shepherdesses Anna Dennis and Mhairi Lawson blended marvelously … The final duet of this act was a beautifully engaging parley between Riches and Lawson, both blending, matching so engagingly, leading everyone to join in a rousing “'Tis Love that has warm'd us”. It was an uplifting way to end. Even the conductor joined in.
Brian Angus, Bachtrack
Handel The Triumph of Time and Truth, Instruments of Time and Truth
King’s Place (October 2018)
…as her carpe diem aria swings into “Life consists in the present hour”, Handel at his finest blazes through with a bravura flame, tended by an accomplished soprano who knows exactly how to project every subtle touch of warmth, wit and grace into this music.
Boyd Tonkin, The Arts Desk****
Mhairi Lawson’s Operatic Repertoire
Il Nascimento dell’Aurora (Zeffiro)
Venus and Adonis
La Didone (Cassandra, Junone)
Actæon (Junone, Diane)
Acis and Galatea (Galatea)
Antonio e Cleopatra (Cleopatra)
Il Sant’Alessio (Curtio)
The Consul (Anna Gomez)
L'Orfeo (la Musica, Speranza, Proserpina)
La serva padrona (Serpina)
Dialogues of the Carmelites (Madame Lidoine)
Suor Angelica (Genevieve)
Indian Queen (God of Dreams)
La gloria di Primavera (Primavera)
La fida ninfa (Morasto)
Threepenny Opera (Polly)
Mhairi Lawson’s Concert Repertoire
Ein Deutsches Requiem
Apollo e Dafne
C Minor Mass
Gloria and Introduzione
An English Passion According to St Matthew
|'Love and Dreams' - with Eugene Asti (piano)|
|'It Fell on a Summer's Day' - with Elizabeth Kenny (lute)|
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