Jacob Lawrence, tenor
Jacob Lawrence completed his Bachelor of Music with Honours at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music in 2014. During his studies he performed regularly in Bach Cantatas with the Melbourne University Baroque Ensemble, and in his final year performed Britten's Nocturne for Tenor, Strings, and 7 obligato instruments. Jacob was awarded the Desma Woolcock and Muriel Cheek scholarships.
In 2014, Jacob was runner up in the Australian National Liederfest, and a semifinalist in the Mietta Song Competition.
Jacob made his debut appearance with Pinchgut Opera as Alcindo in Vivaldi's La Ninfa e il Pastore for ABC Sunday live, and appeared in their 2014 production of Gluck's Iphigenie en Tauride as part of Cantillation. He appeared in the inaugural Brisbane Baroque festival as Sprächer in Bach's Coffee Cantata, tenor soloist in BWV 71: Jesu der du meine Seele, and as the Sailor in Purcell's Dido and Aeneas. Jacob has appeared as Evangelist in Bach's St. John Passion on numerous occasions with the Scots' Church Choir and Orchestra (Melbourne), St. Mary of the Angels' Basilica (Geelong), Christ Church St. Laurence (Sydney), and the Gloriana chamber choir, and has performed as tenor soloist in Handel's Messiah with the Gloriana Chamber Choir and the Scots' Church. He also appears regularly with Victorian Opera, having appeared in their groundbreaking '3D' production of Wagner's Der Fliegende Holländer, and as Archelaus in Richard Miller's The Play of Herod for Victorian Youth Opera, for whom he will also perform the title role in their 2015 production of Joe Twist's The Grumpiest Boy in the World.
Recent appearances have included a performance of Monteverdi's 8th book of Madrigals at the Auckland Arts Festival, Bach's St. Matthew Passion with the consort of Melbourne, Machaut's Messe de Nostre Dame and Evangelist in Schütz' Resurrection Oratorio with the E21 Vocal Ensemble, and as Hyllus in the Canberra Choral Society's staged production of Handel's Hercules.
Jacob appears regularly with La Compañia in their Melbourne Recital Concert series as both tenor soloist and baroque violinist. He has also appeared in many Bach cantatas with the choir and orchestra of St. John's Lutheran Church, Southbank.
In 2016 Jacob will appear in Richard Miller's The Pied Piper for Victorian Opera, with Ensemble 642 in Orpheus Britannicus, and in a tour to Sydney and Bowral with the Australian Chamber Choir in August. In September, with a scholarship from the University of Melbourne, he will commence studies at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis under the tutelage of Gerd Türk.
Jacob sang the role of Ubaldo in our production of Haydn's Armida in June 2016. Jacob will sing the roles of Soldato II, Liberto and Console in our production of Monteverdi's Coronation of Poppea in December 2017.