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Internationally acclaimed as “Ireland’s leading tenor”, “Ireland’s finest tenor” and “Ireland’s greatest tenor since John MacCormack”, Emmanuel Lawler commenced singing as a boy and sang extensively as a boy soprano in his native Ireland and in continental Europe.
An honours graduate of the National University of Ireland at Maynooth and Licenciate and Fellow of Trinity College London, his vocal and artistic education took place in Ireland, the UK and Italy. A great dedication to the great art of bel canto was brought to fruition under the tutelage of world class musicians including the supreme Mozart tenor, Stuart Burrows, and the great Italian operatic tenor, Carlo Bergonzi ( on whose recommendation Lawler was awarded the ‘Diploma di Perfezionamento’ by the Accademia Musicale Chigiana.
Ensuing years have seen him build an enviable reputation in the world of classical music with a repertoire in the world of classical music with a repertoire which spans the entire musical spectrum from reconstructions of early music and authentic baroque performances with award-winning specialists such as Harry Christophers, to world premiers (eg. Hoyland’s Vexila Regis in Covent Garden). In addition to live performances, he has broadcast extensively on radio and television and has recorded for CD with orchestras including The London Symphony Orchestra, The English Chamber Orchestra, The National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland and RTE Concert Orchestra among others.
His versatility is borne out by the diversity of talents with which he has worked ranging from eminent ‘maestri’ to rock group U2 and actor Mel Gibson. Though very much immersed in the bel canto tradition, he is not the stereotypical ‘tenore’, enjoying many styles of music (and indeed, known for a keen sense of fun). In recent years, this has increasingly been reflected in his repertoire – Puccini arias frequently feature alongside popular songs and Irish classics. This mix will feature in his first solo CD which is due for completion in January 2006.
His dedication to the art of beautiful singing is evidenced not only in his career as a performer, which has seen him perform in eminent company on many of the world’s most prestigious stages, but also in his commitment to education : In addition to an ever-hectic international schedule as a performer, he is enthusiastic about ‘passing on the art’, teaching students in The DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama in Dublin and performing numerous educational concerts in Ireland’s National Concert Hall and on tour with The National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland and RTE Concert Orchestra. Exceptionally for a singer in his thirties, coming months will also see him giving master classes to younger professional singers.
Recently The Vocal Heritage Society of Ireland awarded him The John MacCormack Memorial Medal in recognition of his ‘international contribution to the vocal arts’.
Tel: +353 87 688 8367