Erin Lawson

Erin Lawson, Mezzo-Soprano

Pacific Opera Victoria
Marcellina in The Marriage of Figaro

April / May, 2014

As a member of Pacific Opera Victoria's 2009 Resident Artist Program, Erin made her POV mainstage debut as the Third Lady in The Magic Flute. She returns in 2014 to make her role debut as Marcellina in The Marriage of Figaro

Praised for her beautiful lyric mezzo-soprano voice (Opera Canada), and coloratura to die for (Hamilton Spectator), Erin is earning notice for her performances on stages across Canada. Recent operatic highlights include Emilia in Otello with Calgary Opera, Pitti-Sing in The Mikado with Edmonton Opera, Flora in La traviata with Saskatoon Opera, and Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia, with Jeunesses Musicales Canada.

Other engagements include debuts with Opera Ontario as Annina in La traviata; as Emily in the Canadian première of The Ballad of Baby Doe with Calgary Opera; and as Sesto in Handel's Giulio Cesare with the European Music Academy>

Erin was top prize winner of the 2005 Canadian Music Competition. Her growing reputation on the concert stage led to her engagement in the fall of 2006 alongside Isabel Bayrakdarian as a featured artist in recital at the Waterloo Entertainment Centre, where she was noted for her elegant performing style. (Kitchener/ Waterloo Record)

A versatile and compelling performer, Erin Lawson created the role of Gwendolyn at the Stratford Festival in Victor Davies' new opera The Importance of Being Earnest. An enthusiastic interpreter of new works, in spring 2008 she performed the role of Mother in the world première of Allan Gilliland and Val Brandt's Hannaraptor with Calgary Opera's Emerging Artists.

Erin's concert credits include Handel's Messiah, Vivaldi's Gloria, Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle and Pergolesi's Stabat Mater, as well as an appearance as an emerging artist in recital on BRAVO Canada's series The Classical Now. As a chamber recitalist, she has performed Ravel's Chansons Madecasse, Respighi's Il Tramonto, and Chausson's Chanson Perpetuelle. Other opera highlights include Nicklausse in Les Contes D'Hoffmann, Hansel in Hansel and Gretel, and Hermia in Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream with Opera NUOVA.

Originally from rural Ontario, Ms. Lawson received a Bachelor of Music Degree and an Opera Diploma from Wilfred Laurier University, studying with Kimberly Barber.

April, 2014