Lynne Dawson

Head of School of Vocal Studies and Opera

MIL, FRNCM

Email: lynne.dawson@rncm.ac.uk

Professor Lynne Dawson is the RNCM’s Head of the School of Vocal Studies and Opera. Before becoming a singer, she trained as a translator and interpreter and spent several years in industry.

She was very fortunate to work with many conductors and ensembles at the forefront of the Historical Performance movement, including the Deller Consort, the Hilliard Ensemble, John Eliot Gardiner, Roger Norrington, Christopher Hogwood, Trevor Pinnock, and with them made many recordings for most of the major labels. See her full discography here

Her career then developed to encompass opera and to sing concerts and make recordings at the highest international level. She has worked with all the major British Orchestras and abroad with orchestras such as the Leipzigewandhaus, the Concertgebouw, San Francisco Symphony, La Scala Milan, Chicago Symphony and Berlin Symphony over many years, in addition to chamber orchestras all over the world.

Her recordings now number more than 80 and include many roles by Handel and Mozart, as well as solo discs of English song and French song and a recent disc of lieder.

Her operatic roles include Pamina, Zaide, Donna Elvira, Countess, Queen of the Night, Constanze, Aspasia and Vitellia, as well as Amenaide in Rossini’s Tancredi, leading roles in Handel’s Orlando, Guilio Cesare, Orlando, Hercules and Ariodante, Marzelline in Beethoven’s Fidelio, Iphigenie in Gluck’s Iphigenie en Aulide, Mimi in La Boheme, Zdenka in Strauss’ Arabella, and Violetta in La Traviata, in opera houses such as Amsterdam, Opera North, Brussels, Paris, Berlin Staatsoper, Salzburg and Aix-en-Provence festivals. 

She has sung many concerts all over the world and particularly with Daniel Barenboim, Frans Bruggen, Marc Minkowski, Zubin Mehta, Carl Maria Guilini, Neville Marriner, John Eliot Gardiner and Christopher Hogwood. Her repertoire encompasses many compositions for soprano and orchestra such as Richard Strauss’ Four Last Songs, Ravel’s Sheherezade, Berlioz’s Les Nuits d’Ete, Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven concert arias and Berg’s Seven Early Songs and the Lulu Suite, but she has never lost her love of the baroque repertoire.

Lynne is vocal consultant for Yorkshire Young Musicians. She has given masterclasses at many summer music festivals, especially in Spain and Japan. 

Current and Future Research

Art Song in Europe in the 1890s

Undergraduate Teaching

Principal Study Vocal Tutor

Repertoire and Song Class Tutor

Vocal coaching

Postgraduate Teaching

Principal Study Vocal Tutor

Repertoire and Song Class Tutor

Vocal coaching

Professional Activity

Visiting Tutor Royal Danish Conservatory

Visiting Tutor Dutch National Opera Academy

Vocal Consultant Yorkshire Young Musicians

Vocal Consultant Den Haag and Codarts Conservatories, The Netherlands

President North Yorkshire Music Therapy Centre

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Discography 

Bach, Johann Sebastian, Cantatas 208 and 215, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Gustav Leonhardt, Elwes, Wilson-Johnson (Philips 1996)

Bach, Johann Sebastian, Cantatas 202 and 211, Friends of Apollo, Roberts (Meridian 1985)

Bach, Johann Sebastian, Christmas Oratorio, St. Michaelis-Orchester Hamburg, Gunther Jena, Lipovsek, Schreier, Schmidt (Teldec Classics, 1997)

Bach, Johann Sebastian, Christmas Oratorio, I Barocchisti, Diego Fasolis, Martens, Daniels (Arts 2000)

Bach, Johann Sebastian, Mass in B Minor, English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner, Rolfe Johnson, Varcoe, Argenta (Archiv 1985)

Bach, Johann Sebastian, Mass in B Minor, Sanatori della Gioiosa Marca, Diego Fasolis, Pregardien, Invernizzi (Arts Music 1999)

Bach, Johann Sebastian, St John Passion, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Riccardo Chailly, Pregardien, Lang, Mattei, Smits (Luna 1999)

Beethoven, Ludwig van, Symphony No. 9, Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century, Frans Bruggen, van Nes, Lewis (Decca, 1995)

Blow, John, Venus and Adonis, London Baroque, Charles Medlam, Argenta, Varcoe (Harmonia Mundi,1988)

Boulanger, Nadia, Faust et Helene, BBC Philharmonic, Jan Pascal Tortelier, Bottone, Howard (Chandos, 1999)

Brahms, Johannes, Ein Deutsches Requiem, London Classical Players, Roger Norrington, Baer (Virgin Classics, 1999)

Byrd, William, Songs of Sundrie Natures, Hilliard Ensemble (EMI, 1987)

Byrd, William, Songs, English Consort of Viols (Musicaphon, 1994)

Donizetti, Gaetano, Don Pasquale, London Philharmonic Orchestra, David Parry, Shore, Banks, Howard, Bayley (Chandos, 1997)

Gluck, Christoph Willibald, Iphigenie en Aulide, Orchestre de l’Opera de Lyon, John Eliot Gardiner, Aler, von Otter, Cachemaille, Viala, Van Dam (Erato, 1987)

Gluck, Christoph Willibald, Les Pelerins de la Meque, Orchestre de l’Opera de Lyon, John Eliot Gardiner, de Mey, Viala, Cachemaille (Erato, 1990)

Gluck, Christoph Willibald, Orfeo ed Euridice, La Grande Ecurie, Jean Claude Malgoire, Bowman, McFadden (Astree Auvidis, 1994)

Graun, Carl Heinrich, Cleopatre e Cesare, Concerto Koln, Rene Jacobs, Vermillion, Gambill, Popken, Francis (Harmonia Mundi, 1996)

Handel, George Frideric, arr Mozart, Acis and Galatea, Handel and Haydn Society, Christopher Hogwood, George, Ainsley (Decca, L’Oiseau Lyre, 1992)

Handel, George Frideric, Alexander Balus, The King’s Consort, Robert King, Denley, Daniels, George (Hyperion, 1997)

Handel, George Frideric, Ariodante, Musiciens du Louvre, Marc Minkowski, von Otter, Cangemi, Podles (Archiv, 1997)

Handel, George Frideric, Chandos Anthems, The Sixteen Orchestra, Harry Christophers, Partridge (Chandos, 1989)

Handel, George Frideric, Dixit Dominus, Orchestra of Westminster Abbey, Simon Preston, Auger, Montague, Ainsley (Archiv, 1988)

Handel, George Frideric, Giulio Cesare, La Grande Ecurie, Jean Claude Malgoire, Bowman, Visse, Rivenq (Astree Auvidis, 1995)

Handel, George Frideric, Hercules, Musiciens du Louvre, Marc Minkowski, von Otter, Saks, Croft, Daniels (Archiv, 2002)

Handel, George Frideric, Jephtha, English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner, Robson, Chance, von Otter, Varcoe (Philips, 1988)

Handel, George Frideric, L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, John Nelson, Bostridge, Miles, Daniels (Virgin Classics, 2000)

Handel, George Frideric, The Messiah, Brandenburg Consort, Stephen Cleobury, Summers, Ainsley, Miles (Decca, 1994)

Handel, George Frideric, Mozart arr, The Messiah, La Grande Ecurie, Jean Claude Malgoire, Fink, de Moor, Varcoe (Astree Auvidis, 1993)

Handel, George Frideric, The Messiah, The Sixteen Orchestra, Harry Christophers, Denley, James, George (Hyperion, 1987)

Handel, George Frideric, The Messiah, I Barocchisti, Diego Fasolis, Daniels, Laurens (Arts Label, 2003)

Handel, George Frideric, The Messiah, Musiciens du Louvre, Marc Minkowski, Kozena, Hellekant, Ainsley, Asawa (Archiv, 2001)

Handel, George Frideric, The Messiah, Musiciens du Louvre, Marc Minkowski, Kozena, Hellekant, Ainsley, Asawa (Koch Lorber Films, 2005) DVD

Handel, George Frideric, Samson, The Sixteen Orchestra, Harry Christophers, Wyn-Rogers, Randle, Padmore, George (Collins, 1997)

Handel, George Frideric, Saul, English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner, Miles, Brown, Ainsley, Ragin (Philips, 1989)

Haydn, Franz, Joseph, The Creation, St Paul Chamber Orchestra, Joel Revzen, Rosenshein, Cheek (Albany Records, 1995)

Holst, Gustav, Choral Fantasia and Symphony, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Hilary Davan-Whetton (Hyperion, 1993)

Howells, Herbert, Complete Songs, Julius Drake, Ainsley, Luxon (Chandos, 1994)

Mahler, Gustav, Symphony No. 8, Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin, Kent Nagano, Greenberg, Gambill, Roth, Rootering (Harmonia Mundi, 2005)

Mendelssohn, Felix, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Jeffrey Tate, Mentzer (EMI Classics, 1992)

Mendelssohn, Felix, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Deutsche Symphonie Orchester, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Schaechter (Decca, 1994)

Monteverdi, Claudio, L’Orfeo, English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner, von Otter, Rolfe Johnson, Argenta, Baird (Archiv, 1985)

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus, Die Entfuhrung, Academy of Ancient Music, Christopher Hogwood, Heilmann, Von Kannen, Hirsti (Decca, 1991)

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus, Don Giovanni, London Classical Players, Roger Norrington, Ainsley, Finley, Halgrimson,  Schmidt (Deutsche Gramophon, 1992)

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus, Mass in C Minor, Academy of Ancient Music, Christopher Hogwood, Auger, Ainsley, Thomas (Decca Florilegium, 1990)

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus, Mass in C Minor, Les Arts Florissants, William Christie, Petibon, Ewing (Erato, 1999)

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus Requiem, Philharmonia Orchestra, Carl Maria Giulini, Estes, Lewis, Van Nes (Sony Classics, 1990)

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus, Vespers K321 and K337) Stephen Cleobury, Hilliard Ensemble (EMI, 1989)

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus, Zaide, Academy of Ancient Music, Paul Goodwin, Blochwitz, Baer, Purves (Harmonia Mundi, 1998)

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus, The Mozart Experience, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Nicholas McGegan, Jones, Rolfe Johnson, Dam Jensen, le Roux  (BMG, 1998)

Orff, Carl, Carmina Burana, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, Herbert Blomstedt, Daniecki, McMillan (Decca, 1991)

Part, Arvo, ARBOS, Hilliard Ensemble, Kremer, Mendelssohn, Denga (ECM, 1987)

Part, Arvo, Passio, Hillard Ensemble (ECM, 1988)

Purcell, Henry, Complete Anthems, Vol 3, The King’s Consort, Robert King (Hyperion, 1993)

Purcell, Henry, Dido and Aeneas, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Rene Jacobs, Joshua, Finley, Blaze, Bickley, Visse (Harmonia Mundi 2001)

Purcell, Henry, Dido and Aeneas, The English Concert, Trevor Pinnock, von Otter, Varcoe, Rogers (Archiv, 1989)

Purcell, Henry, Timon of Athens and Dioclesian, English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner, Fisher, Elliott, George, Varcoe (Erato, 1988)

Rubbra, Edmund, Symphony No.9,  National Orchestra of Wales, Richard Hickox, Jones, Roberts (Chandos, 1996)

Scarlatti, Alessandro, Cantatas, Purcell Quartet, (Hyperion, 1987)

Schubert, Franz, Complete Songs, Vol 32, Graham Johnson, Murray, Pregardien, Ainsley  (Hyperion, 1999)

Schubert, Franz, Complete Songs, Vol 34, Graham Johnson, Anderson, Lipovsek, Hill, Langridge, Finley (Hyperion, 1999)

Schubert, Franz, Complete Songs, Vol 35, Graham Johnson, Hampson, Davies (Hyperion, 1999)

Schubert, Franz, Complete Songs, Vol 36, Graham Johnson, Banse, Schade, Finley (Hyperion, 1999)

Schoek, Othmar, Lieder, Vols 11 and 12, Julius Drake, Bostridge (Jecklin, 1996)

Verdi, Giuseppe, Requiem Mass excerpt, Funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales (BBC, 1997)

Vaughan Williams, Ralph, A Song of Thanksgiving, City of London Sinfonia, Matthew Best, Gielgud (Hyperion, 1990)

Vaughan Williams, Ralph, Riders to the Sea, Northern Sinfonia, Richard Hickox, Finnie, Daymond, Steven (Chandos, 1995)

Vivaldi, Antonio, Vespers, La Grande Ecurie, Jean Claude Malgoire, Bowman, Elwes, Varco (Astree Auvidis, 1994)