Derrick LAWRENCE  Bariton


‘With his brilliant, sonorous vocal power, he delivered
an impressive role interpretation.’

Guest performances took the bass baritone Derrick Lawrence to Philadelphia, Santa Fe, Dallas, the Charlotte Opera, the Piemond Opera, the Opera North, the Zurich and the Budapest Opera House, the Opera North, the Stuttgart Opera, to London as well as to numerous festivals such as the Mainau Festival, the Cleveland Blossom Festival, the Aspen Music Festival,the Chiemgau Festival, the Ludwigsburg Festival, the Miskolci Nemzetkozi Opera Festival and to the Chaliapin Festival in the Russian City of Kazan.

In the early stage of his career, the native American sang mostly bass roles, but over a period of time, it became obvious that his strong point lies in the portrayal of dramatic baritone repertoire. During his engagement as a member of the ensemble of Aachen, the artist understood how to impress audiences with parts like FIGARO, ARCESIUS in d’Albert’s ‚Die toten Augen’ or EUGEN ONEGIN, just to name a few. In recent seasons with the Freiburg Theatre, where he had a permanent engagement from 2002 until 2006, he was very successful with his performances as ESCAMILLO, PIZZARO in Fidelio, MACBETH or the CONTE in Le nozze di Figaro, ALFIO and TALBOT in Maria Stuarda. Moreover, he could be seen here as VILLAGE in the German premiere of Michael Levinas’ ‘Les Nègres’, as in the season 2006/2007, the singer enjoyed an outstanding success performing WOTAN in Wagner’s Rheingold. At the Kaiserslautern Theatre and the Brno Opera he was the EMPEROR in ‘Das Wunder der Heliane’.

Baritone Derrick Lawrence received his musical education at the North Carolina School of the Arts, the renowned Juilliard School and at the Curtis Institute of Music. The artist was a prize winner in numerous international singing contests, rewarded among others with the Grace Bumbry Award, the Mario Lanza Award, the George London Award, the Sullivan Foundation Award, the Richard Tucker Jacobson study grant and the 2006 Zelt Prize for Outstanding Classsical Artists. Furthermore, in 1991 he won the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.

Derrick Lawrence is also very much in demand by international stages as a concert singer. He has sung with most prestigious orchestras in the world, including the Symphony Orchestras of Munich, Nuremberg, Aachen and Saint Louis, the SWR and the NDR Radio Orchestra, the New York and the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, the American Symphony Orchestra and the Cleveland Orchestra. His performance on the 1993 Richard Tucker Gala conducted by Maestro Daniel Oren was broadcasted on the nation-wide American station PBS.

In 2005 the label Monsrecords published the CD ‚Bernstein-Gershwin Gala’ with a concert version of the Opera ‘Porgy and Bess’, where Derick Lawrence sings the title role with the SWR Orchestra and David Stahl conducting. PORGY is one of his most-sung roles. Lately, he sung this very role in Lyon, Wiesbaden and in Switzerland with the Baden-Baden Symphony Orchestra. In the season 2014/15 he enjoyed huge success as PORGY in the new production at the Royal Opera Copenhagen and in gala concerts at the State Opera Budapest.

In the season 15/16 he could be seen at the Freiburg Theatre in the title role of Sondheim’s SWEENY TODD. In 16/17 he is once again PORGY in numerous concerts in Switzerland and the USA.


Auber, Daniel Francois La Muette de Portici Alfonzo
Beethoven, Ludwig von Fidelio Pizzaro
Bellini, Vincenzo I Capuleti e i Montecchi Lorenzo
Berlioz, Hector La Damnation de Faust Mephistopheles
Bizet, Georges Carmen Escamillo
Britten, Benjamin Noyé’s Fludde Noye
Copland, Aaron The Tenderland Father
Donizetti, Gaetano Lucia de Lammermoor Enrico
  Maria Stuarda Cecil
  L’Elisire d’Amore Belcore
D’Albert, Eugen Die toten Augen Arcesius
Floyd, Carlisle Susannah Olen Birth
Gershwin, George Porgy and Bess Porgy
Humperdinck, Engelbert Hänsel und Gretel Peter
Leoncavallo, Ruggiero I Pagliacci Tonio
Levinas, Michael Les Nègres Village
Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus Cosi fan tutte Gugliemo
  Don Giovanni Don Giovanni
  Don Giovanni Masetto
  Don Giovanni Leporello
  Le Nozze di Figaro Figaro
  Le Nozze di Figaro Il Conte
  Die Zauberflöte Sprecher
Offenbach, Jacques Les Contes d’Hoffmann Lindorf, Coppelius,
Dr. Miracle, Dapertutto
Puccini, Giacomo La Boheme Marcello
Rameau, Jean-Philippe Dardanus Teucer
Strauss, Richard Der Rosenkavalier Der Kommissar
Tchaikovsky, Piotr Eugen Onegin Eugen Onegin
Thomson, Virgil Four saints in Three Acts Compere
Verdi, Giuseppe Aida Amonasro
  Macbeth Macbeth
  La Traviata Germont
Wagner, Richard Das Rheingold Wotan
Weill, Kurt Aufstieg und Fall
der Stadt Mahagonny
  Street Scene Frank Mavrant
roles prepared but not yet performed:
Giordano, Umberto Andre Chenier Charles Gérard
Pucccini, Giacomo Tosca Scarpia
Verdi, Giuseppe Nabucco Nabucco
  Il Trovatore Conte di Luna
Royal Opera House Copenhagen - Porgy and Bess - PORGY - March 2014
Derrick Lawrence gave his character dignity, humanity and a generous heart. His richly-coloured baritone was always wonderfully expressive, and projected through the ensembles with ease without ever having to rely on decibels to carry through.
Seen and Heard Intgernational
Theater Freiburg - SWEENEY TODD
Theater Freiburg - SWEENEY TODD
Theater Freiburg - SWEENEY TODD
Nationaloper Brunn - Das Wunder der Heliane - HERRSCHER
Edingburhg Festival - Porgy and Bess - PORGY