Alex Lawrence

Alex L.

New York, NY
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Lesson Details

Singing

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I have been helping students discover ease and joy in singing for over ten years, in multiple countries and many different styles. Each journey is different, but I am certain I can help you accomplish your goals. No two voices are alike, and we will work together to discover your particular strengths. Expect to laugh and have a lot of fun along the way!!!

Working with the physical structure of your face and body, we'll uncover ways to free you FROM yourself. Many bad vocal habits are learned through everyday life - together we can identify these to bring you closer to the optimal function of your voice. I will provide a foundation of knowledge for effective breathing and posture, as well as fill your 'toolbox' with many practical methods to alleviate tensions and encourage optimal resonance. As I am an active professional singer, I teach largely through demonstration accompanied by easily understandable technical language aimed to resonate with the student's natural sense memory and vocabulary. These are methods I have practiced myself over many years as a professional singer at the world's great opera houses, and I know they will help serve your artistry and desire to be expressive, confident and engaging to an audience of 1 or 10,000.

Alex Lawrence is an active professional operatic and concert baritone based in NYC and has enjoyed an international performing career for the past 7 years since his debut at the Theater Basel, Switzerland and subsequently as an ensemble member of the Zurich Opera House, from 2012-2016. He has enjoyed performing major roles with some of the world's most prestigious opera and theater companies including the Zurich Opera, Theater Basel, The Glimmerglass Festival, The Lucerne Festival, The Los Angeles Philharmonic, The Tanglewood Festival, The Ravinia Festival, The Vancouver Opera, and many more. He has participated in top international Young Artist Programs including the Glimmerglass Festival, The Zurich Opera IOS and the Ravinia Festival Steans Institute for Singers. Alex is a graduate of Northwestern University (B.M. Voice '07) and the prestigious Academy of Vocal Arts (A.D. '11), and is a 2012 recipient of the annual Lenore Annenberg Fellowship in the Arts. He has been a top prizewinner in several major international competitions, including the Opera Index Foundation, The Gerda Lissner Foundation and the Licia Albanese Puccini Foundation. He was a semi-finalist at Operalia, 2014. Alex Lawrence, Baritone, is represented by Zemsky/Green Artists management, one of the leading classical vocal agencies in the world.

Alex's teaching influences include his mentors Patricia McCaffrey and Arthur Levy, both major voice instructors in the New York City classical voice scene.
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About

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Alex delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 18+ and special needs

Teaching since:
2010

My teaching philosophy:

I have a passion to help YOU with your unique needs and desires - no two voices are alike, and we will work together to discover your particular strengths. Working with the physical structure of your face and body, we'll uncover ways to free you FROM yourself. Many bad vocal habits are learned through everyday life - together we can identify these to bring you closer to the optimal function of your voice. I will provide a foundation of knowledge for effective breathing and posture, as well as fill your 'toolbox' with many practical methods to alleviate tensions and encourage optimal resonance. As I am an active professional singer, I teach largely through demonstration accompanied by easily understandable technical language aimed to resonate with the student's natural sense memory and vocabulary. These are methods I have practiced myself over many years as a professional singer at the world's great opera houses, and I know they will help serve your artistry and desire to be expressive, confident and engaging to an audience of 1 or 10,000.

Professional Bio:

A recipient of the prestigious Lenore Annenberg Fellowship in the Arts, baritone Alex made his Vancouver Opera debut in the 2017 season as the title role in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, and will debut the role of Il Conte in the same opera in the 17/18 season with Opera Naples. Formerly a member of the ensembles of Theater Basel and Opernhaus Zürich, Alex made his European debut in Switzerland singing The Hunter in Rusalka, Moralès in Carmen and L’Ami in Debussy’s rarely performed La Chute de la Maison Usher. Since then, he went on to make several further role debuts in Zürich, including Silvio in Pagliacci under Alexander Vedernikov, Ned Keene in Peter Grimes under Erik Nielsen, and the three baritone roles of Bohuslav Martinu’s rarely performed Juliette, under Fabio Luisi.

Previous noteworthy engagements included his principal role debut with the Glimmerglass Festival in Cooperstown, NY, singing Belfiore in Verdi’s King For a Day, of which the New York Times noted the debut of a “sensational” new talent. In 2014, Alex performed in a high profile gala concert for the 85th Anniversary of the Ópera de Bellas Artes alongside legendary tenor Franzisco Araiza, soprano Maria Katzarava and bass Eric Halfvarson. He made his Lucerne Festival debut as Don Quixote in Manuel De Falla’s El Retable del Maese Pedro conducted by Clement Power, performed as the baritone soloist in Mendelssohn’s Die Erste Walpurghisnacht with the Orchestra Symphonique de Mulhouse, and debuted the role of Sam in Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti for the opening festival of Opernhaus Zürich’s 2012/13 season.

A 2007 B.M. graduate of Northwestern University, Alex received an Artist Diploma from the Academy of Vocal Arts in 2011, and has been a top prizewinner in several major international competitions.

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Experience

Festival Artist
Aug 2017 - Sep 2017
Savannah Voice Festival

Joined the Festival Artists at the Savannah Voice Festival to perform concerts under the direction of renowned baritone Sherrill Milnes.

Fellow
Jul 2017 - Aug 2017
Ravinia Steans Institute for Singers

Performed concerts and recitals at the prestigious Ravinia Steans Institute for Singers in Highland Park, IL.

Principle Artist
Mar 2017 - Jun 2017
Vancouver Opera

Performed the role of Figaro with the Vancouver Opera

Ensemble Member
Aug 2012 - Apr 2016
Opernhaus Zürich

Performed many roles with the Zurich Opera House, Switzerland, as a member of their ensemble.

Principle Artist
Jun 2013 - Aug 2013
The Glimmerglass Festival

Performed the role of Belfiore in Verdi's King for A Day at the renowned festival in Cooperstown, NY.

Principle Artist
Aug 2012 - Aug 2012
Lucerne Festival

Performed Don Quixote in De Fallas 'El Retable del Maese Pedro' with the Lucerne Festival, Switzerland.

Ensemble Member
Aug 2011 - Aug 2012
Theater Basel

Performed several roles with the Theater Basel, Switzerland, where I made my European professional debut.

Education

Artist Diploma, Opera
Sep 2007 - Jun 2011
The Academy of Vocal Arts
Bachelor of Music, Voice
Sep 2003 - Jun 2007
Northwestern University

Languages

German
Professional Proficiency

Certifications

Artist Diploma, Opera
Jun 2011
Academy of Vocal Arts

Awards

Lenore Annenberg Arts Fellowship
Apr 2012
Lenore Annenberg Center for Public Policy

Photos & Videos

Alex Lawrence, baritone sings "Se Vuol Ballare," Mozart, Le Nozze di Figaro, Vancouver Opera Festival, 2017
Alex Lawrence, baritone, In Recital
Alex Lawrence, baritone performs Lord God of Abraham from Mendelssohn's 'Elijah.'
Professional Portrait, 2016

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Figaro, Le Nozze di Figaro, Vancouver Opera 2017

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Belfiore, King For a Day, Glimmerglass Festival 2013

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Carmen, Zurich Opera House, 2013/14

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Portrait, 2016

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Alex Lawrence, baritone, sings "It Is Enough!" from Mendelssohn's Elijah

4 Reviews

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Arthur Dec 13, 2017
Vocal Training · In studio

Alex is a brilliant man and a terrific professional singer who has incorporated and consolidated correct and admirable vocal knowledge and has an insight and perception into voices and the root cause of issues and the path to improving a voice. His understanding of the uniqueness of each voice with an underlying bel canto, vocally scientific and yet musically based methodology is outstanding. I would trust Alex with any singer and I know any voice type in any type of repertoire, musical theatre and jazz and even pop,would benefit greatly. he is a deep thinker, but an outgoing and generous individual with great patience. I admire him greatly and I know he is already an outstanding teacher, though his professional career is giving him a great balance, and a good insight into the world each singer is venturing into. A uniquely qualified person.

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Devony Nov 5, 2017
Classical Voice · In studio

Not only is Alex a kind, patient, and encouraging teacher, but he also presents valuable technical information in a clear and comprehensible manner. I leave each lesson feeling vocally fresh and with new nuggets of vocal wisdom to think about during the week.

I also feel that I can apply the vocal technique Alex teaches to the many different genres of music that I sing (opera, musical theater, gospel, etc.)

Would highly recommend Alex!! He’s a gem!

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Mark Sep 28, 2017
Vocal Training ·

Alex is an intelligent, musical and passionate artist with a voice to match.
The commitment he gives to his own fine singing, the understanding of a free vocal production and excellent sense of musicality would help any singer studying with him.

Trish Sep 26, 2017
Vocal Training ·

Alex is an excellent musician. A vocalist with a completed Masters Degree in Voice Performance. Northwestern, AVA with many honors, scholarships and awards. He is a supportive intelligent person who will be of great benefit to any one who studies with him.
He teaches a standard Bel Canto technique which is healthy for all voice types.

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