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 award from the Gerda Lissner Foundation’s International Vocal Competition; his Carnegie Hall debut singing Wotan from Das Rheingold; his 2017 Opera Index Top Prize Arthur E. Walters Memorial Award; representing the USA as a Finalist of the 2017 Hans Gabor Belvedere finals in Moscow; 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; and triumphant runs in the title roles of Don Giovanni with the Cleveland Opera and Le nozze di Figaro with the Berlin Opera Festival. He also recently appeared in Atlanta as bass soloist in Handel’s Messiah, in Italy as bass soloist in Verdi’s Requiem, in Mexico City as Rocco in Fidelio, and at the Nevill Holt Opera Festival in London as the title role in Le nozze di Figaro.
Last season, Anderson made his debut as Méphistophélès in Gounod’s Faust in New York City and as Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Nevill Holt Opera Festival. He also sang Figaro with the Music Academy of the West, under the baton of James Conlon, as well as Dr. Falke in Die Fledermaus and Colline in La boheme with Opera Tampa. Anderson joins the ensemble at the Semperoper Dresden in the 2019/20 season, where he will appear in such works as Tosca, La boheme, Le nozze di Figaro, La traviata, Cosi fan tutte, Les Huguenots and Don Carlo. Lawson Anderson is a native of Atlanta, Georgia and currently resides in Manhattan.