Joshua Lawlor Bio

lawlor Praised for his “resonant and carefully handled baritone,” baritone Joshua Lawlor is enjoying his expanding career as a performer. Originally from Kansas City, Mr. Lawlor has received critical acclaim for his exciting accomplishments on the stage and in concert. As an enthusiast for the challenge of post-tonal and contemporary music, modern roles include #7 in Conrad Susa’s stirring interpretation of Anne Sexton’s book of poetry Transformations, Mike Schofield (A Question of Taste), Richard (Fortune’s Favorites), Bob (The Old Maid and The Thief) and Ben (The Telephone). He created the role of Klim for the world premiere of the twelve-tone operetta Devkino Road by Daniel Musselman. Roles from the traditional repertoire include appearances as Silvio (I Pagliacci), Count Almaviva (Le Nozze di Figaro), the title role in Eugene Onegin, Marquis D’Obigny (La Traviata), and Ariadeno in the early Italian opera L’Ormindo. He has received direction from celebrated pedagogues, coaches, and performers: Warren Jones, Martin Katz, Håkan Hagegård, Daniel Belcher & Joyce DiDonato. Musicianship and an instinctive musicality have established a frequent place for Mr. Lawlor on the oratorio stage. Concert work has included joining the Bach Aria Soloists for an exceptional chamber performance of Bach’s Wachet auf cantata, with only four voices taking on all chorus and solo parts; he was subsequently invited back to BAS to perform Kaffeekantate and Der Friede sei mit dir. Additional concert performances include Ernst Bloch’s setting of the Jewish service Avodath Hakodesh, Bach’s Mass in B minor, Mozart’s Mass in C minor, Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, the Duruflé Reqiuem, Britten’s Cantata Misericordium and Rejoice in the Lamb, and by Ralph Vaughn Williams: Five Mystical Songs and Serenade to Music. Upcoming additions include Mendelssohn’s Elijah and Beethoven’s 9th Symphony. In addition to singing, Mr. Lawlor maintains a private studio in Kansas City, as well as occasionally indulging a passion for piano by accompanying recital and choral performances.