Hailed for his “powerful, darkly-hued voice and nobility of phrasing and carriage” (Cleveland Classical), Lawson Anderson is quickly establishing himself as one of the leading bass-baritones of his generation. A former management consultant with an MBA from Columbia Business School, Anderson has made waves in the opera world, coming off of a First Prize win at the Gerda Lissner Foundation’s International Vocal Competition, his Carnegie Hall debut as Wotan in Das Rheingold, and triumphant runs in the title roles of Don Giovanni with the Cleveland Opera and Le nozze di Figaro with the Berlin Opera Festival.
Anderson joined the ensemble at the Semperoper Dresden in the 2019/20 season, where he has since appeared in such works as Die Zauberflöte, Don Giovanni, Tosca, La boheme, Le nozze di Figaro, La traviata, Cosi fan tutte, Les Huguenots, Don Carlo, and Eugene Onegin. In the current season, Anderson will return to Dresden as Donner in Das Rheingold under the baton of Christian Thielemann. He will also appear as the bass soloist in Handel’s Messiah with the Atlanta Symphony.
Anderson has grabbed headlines as an interpreter of Mozart, particularly in the title role of Le nozze di Figaro with the Nevill Holt Opera at the grand opening of their new theater; with the Music Academy of the West under the baton of James Conlon; and at the Berlin Opera Festival. In the 2018/19 season, Anderson made debuts as Méphistophélès in Gounod’s Faust in New York City and in a lauded interpretation of Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Nevill Holt Opera Festival in London. He also sang Dr. Falke in Die Fledermaus and Colline in La boheme with Opera Tampa. Other recent engagements have included his debut at Carnegie Hall as Wotan in Das Rheingold, as well as appearances in Atlanta in Handel’s Messiah, in Italy as the bass soloist in Verdi’s Requiem, at the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City as Rocco in Fidelio, and at the National Opera Center in New York, interpreting Schubert’s Die Winterreise.
In addition to his First Prize win at the Gerda Lissner Vocal Competition, Lawson Anderson was also the recipient of the 2017 Opera Index Top Prize Arthur E. Walters Memorial Award, as well as a Grand Finalist and Winner of the 2017 Anita Cerquetti Voice Competition, a 2017 Grant Winner from the Giulio Gari Foundation, a 2017 Eastern Region Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, a Grant recipient of the Olga Forrai Foundation for Dramatic Voices, and a Finalist at the 2017 Hans Gabor Belvedere finals in Moscow and the 2018 Viñas Contest in Barcelona. He is the student of Valentin Peytchinov.