Mhairi Lawson

Soprano

"Mhairi Lawson sang with precision and agility, injecting colour and weight into her soprano with expressive thoughtfulness"

OperaToday

"True Handelian style surfaces in the voice of Mhairi Lawson"

The Times

"…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

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Whilst still a student at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Mhairi Lawson 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.

Mhairi has performed in opera houses and concert halls worldwide with such companies as English National Opera, Les Arts Florissants, The Gabrieli Consort & Players, The Academy of Ancient Music, 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.

Recent and future highlights include performances of Galatea Acis and Galatea, Bach’s B minor mass and Purcell’s The Fairy Queen and King Arthur with the Gabrieli Consort, Purcell Songes & Ayres and Handel’s Messiah with the Dunedin Consort, Bach’s St Matthew Passion with BBC NOW, Diane/Daphne in Charpentier’s Acteon with the Early Opera Copmany, 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. Engagements that could sadly not take place in 2020 include Vivaldi’s Gloria with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

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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).

Gramophone

Purcell: Songs & Ayres, Dunedin Consort at the Lammermuir Festival

(September 2020)

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

(October 2019)

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

Mhairi Lawson’s Operatic Repertoire

Albinoni

Il Nascimento dell’Aurora (Zeffiro)

Blow

Venus and Adonis

Cavalli

La Didone (Cassandra, Junone)

Charpentier

Actæon (Junone, Diane)
La descent d’Orphée aux enfers (Daphne, Proserpine)
David et Jonathas (Premier Berger)

Handel

Agrippina (Nerone)
Alcina (Morgana)
Ariodante (Ginevra)
Xerxes (Atalanta, Romilda)
Giulio Cesare (Cleopatra)
Hercules (Їole)
Acis and Galatea (Galatea)
Aci, Galatée e Polifemo (Aci)
Saul (Michal)
Semele (Semele)
Clori, Tirsi e Fileno (Tirsi)

Hasse

Antonio e Cleopatra (Cleopatra)

Landi

Il Sant’Alessio (Curtio)

Menotti

The Consul (Anna Gomez)

Monteverdi

L'Orfeo (la Musica, Speranza, Proserpina)
L'Incoronazione di Poppea (Drusilla)

Pergolesi

La serva padrona (Serpina)

Poulenc

Dialogues of the Carmelites (Madame Lidoine)

Puccini

Suor Angelica (Genevieve)
Gianni Schicchi (Nella)

Purcell

Indian Queen (God of Dreams)
Fairy Queen (All female roles)
King Arthur (All female roles)
Dido and Aeneas (All female roles)

Scarlatti

La gloria di Primavera (Primavera)

Sullivan

Iolanthe (Phyllis)
HMS Pinafore (Josephine)

Vivaldi

La fida ninfa (Morasto)
Giustino (Arianna)
Tito Manlio (Lucio)
La Senna Festeggiante (L’Età dell’Oro)

Weill

Threepenny Opera (Polly)

Mhairi Lawson’s Concert Repertoire

Bach

B minor Mass
Christmas Oratorio
Easter Oratorio
Cantata 51 ‘Jauchtzet Gott’
Passions of St John and St Matthew
Magnificat

CPE Bach

Magnificat

Brahms

Ein Deutsches Requiem

Dvorak

Stabat Mater

Fauré

Requiem

Handel

Messiah
Solomon
Jephtha
Joshua
Deborah
Athalia
Samson

Haydn

The Creation
Harmoniemesse

Mendelssohn

Elijah

Mozart

Requiem
C Minor Mass
Davide Penitente
Mass in C KV317
Vespers KV339
Exsultate Jubilate

Pergolesi

Stabat Mater

Orff

Carmina Burana

Vivaldi

Gloria and Introduzione
Various Motets, including ‘Nulla in mundo pax sincera’

'Love and Dreams' - with Eugene Asti (piano)

Lawson Asti Love And Dreams

'It Fell on a Summer's Day' - with Elizabeth Kenny (lute)

Lawson Kenny It Fell On A Summers Day

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