Guest of the National Theatre Opera.
Andrew Staples sang as a chorister in St Paul’s Cathedral before winning a Choral Scholarship to King’s College Cambridge, where he gained a degree in Music. Andrew was the first recipient of the RCM Peter Pears Scholarship, sponsored by the Britten Pears Foundation, at the Royal College of Music and subsequently joined the Benjamin Britten International Opera School. He studies with Ryland Davies.
On stage he has performed Aret in Haydn’s Philemon und Baucis for the 2003 Haydn Festival in Eisenstadt, Austria, conducted by Trevor Pinnock. He performed the role of Haliate in the Royal College of Music production of Händel’s Sosarme in conjunction with the London Händel Festival, conducted by Laurence Cummings and Don Ottavio (Mozart: Don Giovanni) with Andrew Parrott and the London Mozart Players. For the BBIOS he sang Male Chorus (Britten: The Rape of Lucretia) and Ferrando (Mozart: Così fan tutte). He has also sung Nencio (Haydn: L’Infedelta delusa) for English Touring Opera.
He made his Royal Opera House debut as Jacquino (Beethoven: Fidelio) and returned for First Armed Man (Mozart: Die Zauberflöte). His opera engagements include his first Tamino in Zauberflöte for Opera Holland Park, Belfiore (Mozart: La finta giardiniera) for the National Theatre in Prague and Narraboth (R. Strauss: Salome) for the Royal Opera.
His concert engagements include Schumann’s Das Paradies und die Peri with the Swedish Radio and Daniel Harding, Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Strings and Horn with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra and Mozart’s Requiem with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra both conducted by Andrew Manze, the Gävle Symphony and Robin Ticciati, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Sir Simon Rattle and the London Symphony Orchestra and Daniel Harding.
Update: May 2008