Based in Germany, Lawrence K. Bakst’s career has taken him around the world and included appearances with acclaimed artists including Violetta Urmana, Sherrill Milnes, Ghena Dimitrova, Piero Cappuccili, Michele Crider, Vladimir Chernov, and Leo Nucci. He has performed in theaters in Paris, Toulouse, Marseille, Barcelona, Madrid, Rome, Torino, London, Athens, Rio de Janiero, and Tokyo.
Winner of the top prize in many competitions — including the Metropolitan Opera National Auditions, the Vinas in Barcelona, the Concours de Chant in Toulouse and the G.B. Viotti in Vercelli — Bakst started his European career at the Wexford Festival as Hagenbach in Catalani’s La Wally. He quickly secured a position at the Opera in Wuppertal, where he stayed for five years, and began what has so far been a more than twenty-year association with Pina Bausch’s Tanztheater as Pylades in her production of Gluck’s Iphigenie auf Tauris.
Bakst specialized in the major Verdi and Puccini tenor roles, especially Il Trovatore, Aida, Don Carlos, Luisa Miller, and then Otello; as well as Puccini’s Calaf, Rodolfo and Pinkerton; and many Verismo roles, including Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci and La Bohème, Enzo in La Gioconda, Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana, and Franchetti’s Christoforo Colombo. Since the late 1990’s Bakst has added dramatic roles like Tannhäuser, Meyerbeer’s Le Prophète, Florestan, Gherman in Tschaikovski’s Pikovaya Dama, and the young Siegfried, all the while continuing to sing earlier roles such as Rodolfo in La Bohème and Verdi’s Ballo, Don Carlos, and Requiem.
His vocal and stylistic studies have included Franco Corelli, Mario and Signora del Monaco, Ettore Campogalliani, and Arrigo Pola. His first voice teacher was Hans J. Heinz at the Juilliard School, and he now works with Frau Irmgard Hartmann in Berlin. Coaches have included Joan Dornemann, Linda Hall, Yelena Kurdina, Janine Reiss, Alberta Masiello, and Dante Mazzola.