A Mississippi native, baritone Lawson Daves received his Bachelor of Music in vocal performance from the University of Alabama and his Master of Music in early music performance from the Longy School of Music of Bard College. Mr. Daves has enjoyed a varied performing career, including opera, oratorio, musical theatre, and chamber music. Recent highlights include the world premiere of the opera Sleeping Beauty as well as A Hand of Bridge, both with the Nahant Music Festival, The Play of Daniel and the medieval Carmina Burana with the Boston Camerata, and Bob in The Old Maid and the Thief and Aeneas in Dido & Aeneas, both with the Longy School of Music of Bard College.
While at the University of Alabama Lawson was frequently featured performer with the University of Alabama Opera Theatre, including productions of The Mikado, In a Garden, The Gondoliers, and two operatic world premieres – Onomast and The Raven’s Revenge. He was also selected to sing in a series of concerts in several major cities of South Korea with the University Singers of the University of Alabama.
Along with performing, Mr. Daves is also an accomplished teacher. He spent three years on the voice faculty with the Community Music School of the University of Alabama, where he also served as a director for children’s musical camps before moving to Boston. He has also been a faculty voice teacher with the EKS Music School, located in Quincy, teaching private voice, musical theatre, historical performance, as well as aural and written theory.