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Lawson, Mhairi (soprano)
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Mhairi Lawson (soprano)

While 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 (premiere recording on original instruments).

As a soloist Mhairi has appeared at venues such as New York’s Lincoln Centre, Paris’ Cité de la Musique, Théatre du Châtelet and Opera Comique, Edinburgh’s Festival Theatre, Utrecht’s Vredenburg, London’s Barbican Centre, South Bank Centre, Royal Opera House and Coliseum Theatre with companies including English National Opera, Les Arts Florissants, The Gabrieli Consort and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

Mhairi has a special interest in the music of 18th Century Scotland and Italy of which she has given many performances and recorded for CD with Concerto Caledonia (Linn CKD140, Mungrel Stuff – music by Scottish / Italian composers). With the virtuoso baroque band La Serenissima, Mhairi has performed Vivaldi’s La Senna Festeggiante and Laudate Pueri in Venice, and recorded works by Vivaldi, Hasse and Giacomelli for their recent discs Vivaldi in Arcadia and Music for the Pieta. These have received much critical acclaim in publications including Gramophone, Diapason, BBC Music Magazine and Classic FM Magazine.

At London’s Wigmore Hall, Mhairi has given many performances of dramatic works including Handel’s Alcina and Aci, Galatea e Polifemo, Purcell’s King Arthur and Fairy Queen and Hasse’s rarely performed serenata Antonio e Cleopatra, all with the Early Opera Company.

Other projects include concert and operatic arias by Mozart with the Orchestre National des pays de la Loire (France), recitals of Lieder, English Songs and Haydn Canzonettas with pianists Julius Drake and David Owen Norris, and, with the Gabrieli Consort and Players, Handel’s Athalia in Madrid, Bach’s St John Passion and B minor Mass in Germany and Purcell’s Fairy Queen at the BBC Proms in London’s Royal Albert Hall.

Operatic engagements include Purcell’s King Arthur in the UK and the USA with English National Opera, the Mark Morris Dance Company and the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Pergolesi’s La serva padrona in Naples.


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