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 his Top Prize finish at the 2018 George London Foundation Competition; First Prize award from the Gerda Lissner Foundation’s 2017 International Vocal Competition; 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 and the 2018 Viñas Contest in Barcelona; Grand Finalist of the 2017 Anita Cerquetti Voice Competition; 2017 Grant Winner from the Giulio Gari Foundation; Grant recipient of the Olga Forrai Foundation for Dramatic Voices, and 2017 Eastern Region Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.
In 2019, Anderson joins the principal roster of the Semperoper Dresden, taking on the roles of Figaro (Le nozze di Figaro), Guglielmo (Cosi fan Tutte), Schaunard (La bohème), Angelotti (Tosca), Marcel (Les Huguenots), Sprecher (Die Zauberflöte), Barone Douphol (La Traviata), and more.
Anderson has grabbed headlines: “Lawson Anderson is irresistible” (Rupert Christiansen of The Telegraph London) as an interpreter of Mozart, particularly in the title roles of Le nozze di Figaro with 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 and Don Giovanni with the Cleveland Opera. Recent highlights also include performing as bass soloist in Handel’s Messiah and Verdi’s Requiem. Anderson has been heard at the Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City as Rocco in Fidelio; in debut at Carnegie Hall singing Wotan from Das Rheingold; and in recital at the National Opera Center interpreting Schubert’s Die Winterreise. Upcoming engagements include Anderson’s debut as Méphistophélès in Gounod's Faust and Colline in La Boheme and the title role in Die Fledermaus with Opera Tampa in the '18-'19 season. Lawson is the student of Valentin Peytchinov.