After becoming a member of the Opera Ireland chorus in 2009 Lawrence then made his first role appearance in the summer of 2010 when he played El Remendado in Lismore Music Festival's production of Carmen. He was then named a Young Associate Artist for 2011 by Opera Theatre Company and his first role with the company was Narrator in a staged production of Bach's Coffee Cantata. Later that year he made his debut at Glyndebourne as a Lehrbuben in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg. Other roles in 2011 included Primo Pastore in L'Orfeo (The Yorke Trust), Jeune Homme in La cour de Celimene (Wexford Festival Opera) and Manostatos in The Magic Flute (Opera Theatre Company).
In 2012 Lawrence continued to balance professional engagements with his continued training at the D.I.T and at the start of the year performed his first role for the college as Orpheus in Orpheus in the Underworld. Later that year he returned to Wexford Festival Opera as D'Elbeuf in Le Roi Malgre Lui & Errand Boy in A Dinner Engagement, Glyndebourne in the chorus of La Cenerentola & The Cunning Little Vixen and The Yorke Trust where he performed in their Costal Opera Season. Other highlights in 2012 included his TV debut singing Libiamo on The Late Late Show, winning the Stevenson Award for Overall Vocal Championship (Ballymena Festival) and singing for the president of Ireland at Áras an Uachtaráin.
2013 started with performances of Peter Quint in The Turn of the Screw (D.I.T). A busy first half of the year also included Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus (Clonter Opera), Gastone in La Traviata & Don Basillio in Le Nozze di Figaro (Lyric Opera) and Ralph Rackstraw in H.M.S Pinafore (International G&S Festival). He then enrolled on the Opera Course at G.S.M.D for whom his first role was Arlecchino in The Adventures of Pinocchio in February of 2014. Summer of 2014 saw his role debut of Tamino in The Magic Flute (Lismore Music Festival) performed in a site-specific circus tent, Artemidore in Gluck’s Armide (Yorke Trust Opera) and Ruggero in La Rondine (Opera in the Open).
Principle roles whilst at GSMD were Jenik in The Cunning Peasant, Gerard in The Dancing Master and Hippolyte in Phedra. His studies on the Opera Course were generously supported by The Worshipful Company of Tobacco Pipe Makers.
A busy summer of 2015 followed with performances of the roles of Tamino in The Magic Flute (Somerset Opera), Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi in France (Westminster Opera) and Gonsalve in L'heure Espagnole in Dublin (Opera in the Open).
The 2015/16 season saw Lawrence performing 2 important roles for the first time - Alfredo in La Traviata (Kennet Opera) and Rodolfo in La Boheme (Merry Opera) alongside a busy calendar of concert and recital work including debuts at Barbican Hall and LSO St Luke's. The summer and autumn of 2016 included work for Garsington Festival Opera, Bergen National Opera, numerous concert & oratorio performances and his role debut of Nemorino in L'elisir d'amore (Westminster Opera).
Nanki Poo in The Mikado at King's Lynn Arts Centre was Lawrence's first role of 2017 before a return to the ensamble of Bergen National Opera in a start to the year that was brought in singing aboard the Minerva cruiseliner. The summer season saw a return to the role of Alfredo in the Pavillion Opera UK Tour before a short run of Zemlinsky's Eine florentinische Tragödie playing the role of Guido. The autumn season featured an Asian debut as Fox in Vixen (Silent Opera) at the Beijing International Music Festival and North American debut singing Tenor solo in O'Casaide's Marbhna in Toronto.
Lawrence’s performance’s on the Oratorio stage have included Verdi's Messa Da Requiem, Haydn’s Die Schöpfung/ The Creation, Britten’s Saint Nicholas, Beethoven's Missa Solemnis, Handel's Messiah, Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle, Haydn's The Seasons, Mozart's Requiem, Orff's Carmina Burana, Gounod’s St. Cecilia Masse, Handel’s Dixit Dominus, Elgar's Coronation Ode, Haydn’s Stabat Mater, Haydn’s Theresienmesse and O'Casaide's Marbhna, A Requiem for 2016.
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Manchester born tenor Lawrence Thackeray is currently based in London where he recently graduated from the Artist Diploma Program at The Guildhall School of Music & Drama having completed the school's Opea Course in 2015. Lawrence has undertaken an augmented and unique training path having initially trained in Drama and Musical Theatre before setting his sights on a career in Opera. Lawrence started his operatic training with 3 years of part-time study at the D.I.T Conservatory of Music & Drama in Dublin where he studied with Robert Alderson.