Dawson, Lynne , English soprano; b. York, June 3, 1953. She received vocal training at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. In 1975 she began to make regular appearances in the Baroque repertoire, with which she became closely identified. In 1986 she made her formal opératic debut with the Kent opéra as Mozart’s Countess. After appearing in Florence as Monteverdi’s Orfeo in 1987, she sang Pamina with the Scottish opéra in Glasgow and Zdenka in Arabella at the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris in 1988. In 1990 she sang in Monteverdi’s Orfeo at the Salzburg Festival and as Mozart’s Countess in Brussels. She appeared as Cornelia in Graun’s Cesare e Cleopatra at the Berlin State opéra in 1992. In 1996 she was a soloist in Handel’s Belshazzar in Göttingen. Her performances of Monteverdi, Purcell, Handel, Gluck, Mozart, and Rossini have won her well-deserved accolades.
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