Tenor Lawrence Jones has established an active presence on the concert and operatic stages. He has received praise for his portrayals of Tom Rakewell in Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress at the Princeton and Aldeburgh Festivals. The New York Times wrote, “Tenor Lawrence Jones brought a light, sweet voice and lyricism to Tom.” Opera News praised him for his “clean, ringing tenor,” and The Guardian described him as "a smooth-voiced Tom….his first-act aria, lamenting the loss of love, is especially affecting”.
Mr. Jones has performed roles with companies such as New York City Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Opera Saratoga, Sarasota Opera, Haymarket Opera, and Amarillo Opera. On the concert stage, he has sung as a soloist with the Utah Symphony, Musica Sacra, Boston Baroque, Boston Pops, Albany Symphony, Charlotte Symphony, and Rhode Island Philharmonic.
Lawrence’s concert engagements during the 2016/17 season included the tenor solos in the B Minor Mass with the Oratorio Society of New York, the Consigliere in Stradella’s San Giovanni Battista at the Valletta International Baroque Festival in Malta, and the Evangelist in C.P.E. Bach’s St. John Passion with the Saint Thomas Choir and New York Baroque Incorporated. He made his debut at Alice Tully Hall as tenor soloist in Schubert’s Mass in E-Flat with the Riverside Choral Society. In 2017/18, Lawrence sang in performances of Messiah at Carnegie Hall with the Oratorio Society of New York, and at Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue with the Saint Thomas Choir, for which the New York Times called him “an impressive tenor”. He sang in Mozart’s Requiem and Mendelssohn’s Christus with the Back Bay Chorale, and in Monteverdi’s Vespers with Voices of Ascension. This past season included two more performances of the Vespers with the Oratorio Chorale of Portland, as well as his company debut with the Naples Philharmonic in Stravinsky’s Pulcinella.
For the 2019/20 season, Lawrence joins Chorus pro Musica and the Metropolitan Chorale at Boston’s Jordan Hall to sing in Janáček’s Amarus and Mendelssohn’s Die erste Walpurgisnacht. In New York he will be featured in selections of Beethoven’s Volkslieder with American Classical Orchestra.
As a frequent performer of the works of Bach, Lawrence’s credits include the Evangelist in both the Christmas Oratorio with the Harvard-Radcliffe Chorus, and the St. John Passion with the Cathedral Choirs and Orchestra of St. John the Divine. He has sung as a soloist in the St. John Passion and St. Matthew Passion with the New Mexico Philharmonic, Saint Thomas Choir, Kalamazoo Bach Festival, Bach Society of St. Louis, and the Back Bay Chorale. Last season, he appeared in a program of Cantatas with American Classical Orchestra, the B Minor Mass with the Bach Society of St. Louis, and in Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele, BWV 180 with the Bach Choir of Bethlehem. This season he returns to the Cathedral of St. John The Divine as a soloist in the St. John Passion.
Active in the performance of contemporary works, Lawrence made his company debut in Oliver Knussen’s Where the Wild Things Are at New York City Opera, and sang in the American Stage Premiere of Elliott Carter's opera What Next? at Tanglewood. Concert engagements have included the American Premiere of Nico Muhly’s My Days with viol consort Fretwork, Arvo Pärt’s Passio with Boston Modern Orchestra Project, and a tribute concert for Elliott Carter at Juilliard, in Mad Regales.
Lawrence has sung as a member of many professional chamber and vocal ensembles, including the Clarion Choir, Saint Thomas Choir, TENET, and the renaissance vocal ensemble, Cut Circle. With the latter, he has toured across Europe, including Germany, Belgium, and the Netherlands, and can be heard on the recordings Du Fay: The Tenor Masses, and the upcoming release of Ockeghem: The Complete Songs. With the Clarion Choir, he participated in the Grammy-nominated recording of Maximilian Steinberg’s Passion Week, and has toured with the ensemble throughout the U.K., Russia, and France.