Lynne Dawson soprano

Lynne Dawson has been one of Britain’s best-loved and respected sopranos for more than 30 years. Before becoming a singer, she trained and worked as a translator and interpreter for several years in industry.

She was very fortunate to work with many conductors and ensembles at the forefront of the historical performance movement and with them made many recordings for most of the major labels.

Her career developed to encompass opera, and to singing concerts and recording at the highest international level.  She has worked with all the major British orchestras and abroad with orchestras such as the Leipzigewandhaus, the Concertgebouw, San Francisco Symphony, La Scala Milan, Chicago Symphony and Berlin Symphony over many years, in addition to chamber orchestras all over the world.

Her operatic appearances include many Mozart roles such as Pamina, Zaide, Donna Elvira, Countess, Queen of the Night, Constanze, Aspasia and Vitellia, as well as Amenaide in Rossini’s Tancredi, leading roles in Handel’s Orlando, Giulio Cesare, Orlando, Hercules and Ariodante, Marzelline in Beethoven’s Fidelio, Iphigenie in Gluck’s Iphigenie en Aulide, Mimi in La Bohème, Zdenka in Strauss’ Arabella and Violetta in La Traviata in opera houses such as Amsterdam,  Opera North, Brussels, Paris and Berlin Staatsoper.

She has sung many concerts all over the world with conductors Daniel Barenboim, Frans Bruggen, Marc Minkowski, Zubin Mehta, Carl Maria Giulini, Neville Marriner, John Eliot Gardiner and Christopher Hogwood amongst others. Her repertoire encompasses many compositions for soprano and orchestra such as Richard Strauss’ Four Last Songs, Ravel’s Sheherezade, Berlioz’s Les Nuits d’été, Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven concert arias and Berg’s Seven Early Songs and the Lulu suite, but she has never lost her love of the baroque repertoire.

Lynne's recent engagements include concerts in Japan, St Petersburg, Moscow, and at the Salle Gaveau and Opera Bastille in Paris.

Lynne began teaching some six years ago and has given master-classes at many summer music festivals, especially in Spain and Japan. In September 2010, she was appointed Head of the School of Vocal Studies at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.

Recordings featuring Lynne Dawson