Lorna Anderson is a highly regarded British soprano whose career has centered on the concert and recital stage. A student of Patricia MacMahon at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, she excelled, winning several awards. In 1984, she won First Prize in the Peter Pears and Royal Overseas League Competitions and in 1986 won the most highly regarded English vocal award, the Purcell-Britten Prize for Concert Singers.
A performer with a particular interest in early opera, Anderson sang Handel's Theodora with the Glyndebourne Touring Opera, Purcell's Fairy Queen with the English Concert, the role of Morgana in Handel's Alcina at the Halle Handel Festival, and the role of Servilia in Mozart's La Clemenza di Tito with the Flanders Philharmonic Orchestra. The Netherlands Opera production in which she sang in Monteverdi's Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda was recorded for video.
Anderson sings a wide range of the concert repertoire. Her British credits include appearances with the BBC Philharmonic, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, The Sixteen, The King's Consort, the London Mozart Players, St. James' Baroque, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, with conductors such as Sir Simon Rattle, Roger Norrington, Andrew Parrott, and Richard Hickox.
Overseas, she has sung with the New World Symphony in Miami, the Academy of Ancient Music on its French and South American tours, the Ensemble InterContemporain, under Pierre Boulez, La Chapelle Royale, under Philippe Herreweghe, the Hague Residentie Orchestra, and the Stuttgart Chamber Choir.
She has recorded frequently, including a performance in Purcell's The Fairy Queen with Harry Christophers conducting, a series of Haydn Masses under Hickox, and Handel's L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato. In 2008 Anderson and Jamie MacDougall completed sets of recordings of Haydn's Scottish songs with the Haydn Trio Eisenstadt. This was followed by another multi-artist, multi-disc project of Poulenc mélodies with pianist Malcolm Martineau begun in 2011.