Mhairi Lawson
Soprano
Mhairi Lawson won the 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.

With Les Arts Florissants, Mhairi has performed dramatic music by Purcell, Charpentier, Landi and Monteverdi at the Cité de la Musique, Paris, and throughout Europe, including London’s Barbican Centre and Birmingham’s Symphony Hall. At the Wigmore Hall, she has performed operas by Purcell, Handel and Hasse with the Early Opera Company. She has performed Handel’s Messiah in Amsterdam, Utrecht, Paris and Barcelona with the Netherlands Bach Society and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

Mhairi has enjoyed working with the Gabrieli Consort and Players for many years and projects with them include Bach’s St John Passion and St Matthew Passion, the Mass in B minor and the Wedding Cantata, Handel’s La resurrezione, and Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, King Arthur and The Fairy Queen.

Mhairi has sung Bach’s St John Passion in New York’s Lincoln Centre, and in Weimar, Germany, and the St Matthew Passion throughout Spain. At English National Opera she sang Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas and King Arthur in productions with the Mark Morris Dance Group. Consequently Mhairi travelled to California for further performances of King Arthur with the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, San Francisco. Work with European symphony orchestras includes Handel’s Athalia in Madrid, Bach’s Christmas Oratorio in Zurich and Vivaldi’s Gloria and Mozart concert and operatic arias in Nantes, France.

She has made many commercial recordings, most recently Haydn’s Creation with the Choir of New College, Oxford, conducted by Edward Higginbottom, and Scottish Jacobite Songs on the Avison Ensemble’s CD Rebellion. Forthcoming CD releases include two discs of Schubert Lieder, including the vocal tour de force Der Hirt auf dem Felsen, with clarinetist Jane Booth and pianist Eugene Asti. With the virtuoso baroque band La Serenissima, Mhairi has recorded many of Vivaldi’s sacred and operatic works and has performed large-scale pieces including La senna festeggiante and La fida ninfa in Venice.

Recital engagements include 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, and recordings for BBC Radio 3. Recent and future highlights include performances of Haydn’s Creation with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia, Bach’s St Matthew Passion with the St Paul Chamber Orchestra, Poppea L’incoronazione di Poppea with the Academy of Ancient Music, Galatea Acis and Galatea and Purcell’s King Arthur with the Early Opera Company, Mozart’s Requiem with the Dunedin Consort, Handel’s Messiah with the Gabrieli Consort and with the Wrocław Baroque Orchestra, Bach’s Magnificat with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, a recital as part of the East Neuk Festival broadcast on BBC Radio 3, a residency at the Carmel Bach Festival, and Mhairi continues her recital collaboration with Eugene Asti.