A recipient of the prestigious Leonore Annenberg Fellowship in the Arts, young baritone Alex Lawrence has been recognized for his rich voice, sensitive musicianship and commanding stage presence. Since his professional debut in Basel, Switzerland in 2011, Lawrence has appeared with some of the great opera companies in the United States and abroad.
Formerly a member of the ensembles of Theater Basel and Opernhaus Zürich, Lawrence has sung several roles in Switzerland, including The Hunter in Rusalka, Moralès in Carmen and L’Ami in Debussy’s rarely performed La Chute de la Maison Usher. Since then, he has gone on to make several significant role debuts in Zürich, including Silvio in Pagliacci under Alexander Vedernikov, Ned Keene in Peter Grimes under Erik Nielsen, and the three baritone roles of Bohuslav Martinu’s rarely performed Juliette, under Fabio Luisi.
Previous noteworthy engagements included his principal role debut with the Glimmerglass Festival in Cooperstown, NY, singing Belfiore in Verdi’s King For a Day, of which the New York Times noted the debut of a “sensational” new talent. In 2014, Lawrence performed in a high profile gala concert for the 85th Anniversary of the Ópera de Bellas Artes alongside legendary tenor Franzisco Araiza, soprano Maria Katzarava and bass Eric Halfvarson. He made his Lucerne Festival debut as Don Quixote in Manuel De Falla’s El Retable del Maese Pedro conducted by Clement Power, performed as the baritone soloist in Mendelssohn’s Die Erste Walpurghisnacht with the Orchestra Symphonique de Mulhouse, and debuted the role of Sam in Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti for the opening festival of Opernhaus Zürich’s 2012/13 season. Most recently, Lawrence made both his role and house debut as the title role in Le nozze di Figaro with the Vancouver Opera.
A 2007 B.M. graduate of Northwestern University, Alex Lawrence received an Artist Diploma from the Academy of Vocal Arts in 2011. In addition to the honor of an Annenberg Fellowship in the Arts, he has been a top prizewinner at some of the most prestigious competitions in the United States, including the Opera Index Foundation, Licia Albanese Puccini Foundation, and Gerda Lissner Foundation.