OSO Soloist: Jeffrey Lawton
Jeffrey Lawton was born in Oldham and studied privately at the Royal Northern College with Elsie Thurston. After several years in business, he joined the chorus of the Welsh National Opera, where he very soon became a principal contract artist. During the ten years that he was their principal tenor, he performed over 20 roles, including the great ones of Otello, Siegfried in ‘The Ring’, Aeneas in ‘The Trojans’, and the title role in ‘Tristan und lsolde’. He has also sung many times for Opera North, Scottish Opera, and, of course, the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. He became closely associated with the works of Wagner, Richard Strauss and Janacek, as well as the role of Otello.During his performing career he appeared regularly across Europe, Canada and Israel and in 2000 he made his American debut with Chicago Opera and in 2001 his Argentine debut at Teatro Colon – both as Tristan. His concert appearances included performing with most of Britain’s finest orchestras and in major festivals such as the Edinburgh Festival and three Albert Hall proms; he also appeared regularly on TV and radio. He is now a principal tutor at the Royal Northern College of Music.Jeffrey has performed many times with Oldham Choral Society and in the early 1990s was invited to become Patron after the death of Dame Eva Turner. He has worked very hard for the Society, using his contacts to procure a succession of first-class soloists for performances, almost all of which he attends. He was instrumental in the appointment of Nigel Wilkinson as Musical Director.
Concerts where Jeffrey Lawton played: