Lawson Anderson '05, who recently segued from a career in business consulting to a full-time opera singer, is a recipient of the 2018 George London Award.
The prestigious award is presented annually to the most outstanding singers by the George London Foundation. Seventy-two singers (from more than 150 applicants) compete for just 17 spots in the final round, where they perform before a panel of esteemed judges for a chance to win the award and $10,000. On February 16, Lawson was one of the six recipients of the award at the 47th annual ceremony at the Morgan Library & Museum in New York City.
"Many great singers have gotten their starts through the George London Competition and I'm honored to have been selected to 'carry the torch,' so to speak," says Lawson. "While it may be a 'new' career, singing has been a passion of mine since my time at Westminster—singing with the Chorale, Ensemble, and Men's A Cappella. I am eternally grateful to the teachers and classmates who helped me build my foundation as an artist at Westminster."
Lawson joins an illustrious group of past recipients, including Renée Fleming, Joyce DiDonato, and Matthew Polenzani. He has several upcoming engagements with performances in Mexico City and New York in March, Dallas in April, England in June, and Santa Barbara in August.