Praised by the New York Times as “an impressive tenor,” Lawrence Jones has established an active presence on the concert and operatic stages. He has sung as a soloist with Utah Symphony, Boston Baroque, New York City Opera, Naples Philharmonic, Musica Sacra, Glimmerglass Opera, Opera Saratoga, and Boston Modern Orchestra Project. He has received recognition for his portrayals of Tom Rakewell in Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress at the Princeton and Aldeburgh Festivals, for which Opera News praised him for his “clean, ringing tenor.
A frequent performer of the cantatas and vocal works of J.S. Bach, Lawrence’s credits include performances of the St. John Passion, St. Matthew Passion, Christmas Oratorio, and B Minor Mass with the New Mexico Philharmonic, Saint Thomas Choir, Voices of Ascension, Harvard-Radcliffe Chorus, and Bach Society of St. Louis.
Last season, Lawrence performed in Franz Liszt’s piano transcription of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, with pianist Christopher Taylor; Christmas Oratorio with the Bach Choir of Bethlehem; Handel’s Chandos Anthems with Masterworks Chorale; and Mozart’s Requiem at Lincoln Center, with American Classical Orchestra. He appeared at Carnegie Hall in both Beethoven’s Mass in C Major with Riverside Choral Society, and Messiah with the Oratorio Society of New York.
In addition to Cut Circle, Lawrence has been a member of many acclaimed vocal ensembles, including the Saint Thomas Choir, Ensemble Origo, and the Clarion Choir. With Cut Circle he can be heard on the recordings Du Fay: The Tenor Masses, Ockeghem: The Complete Songs, and the forthcoming album JOSQUIN: I. Motets & Chansons.
Featured performances this season include a concert of cantatas in Thomaskirche at BachFest Leipzig, with the Bach Choir of Bethlehem; and the title roles in Carissimi’s Jephte with Upper Valley Baroque and Handel’s Samson with the Oratorio Society of New York at Carnegie Hall.