Andrew StaplesGuest of the Opera
British tenor Andrew Staples sang as a chorister in St Paul’s Cathedral in London before winning a Choral Scholarship to King’s College Cambridge. He was the first recipient of the RCM Peter Pears Scholarship, sponsored by the Britten Pears Foundation, and subsequently joined the Benjamin Britten International Opera School. He studies with Ryland Davies.
Andrew made his debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden as Jacquino (Fidelio), returning for Flamand (Capriccio),Tamino (Die Zauberflöte), Artabenes (Artaxerxes) and Narraboth (Salome), and sang Belfiore (La finta giardiniera) for the National Theatre, Prague (a role he repeated in the same production for La Monnaie in Brussels) and Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni) for the Salzburger Festspiele. He has also sung Ferrando (Così fan tutte) for Opera Holland Park and Narraboth (Salome) for the Hamburg State Opera. He sang Tamino for the Lucerne Festival and in Drottningholm with Daniel Harding conducting, and at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Future opera engagements include Jonathan (Saul) at the Theater an der Wien, Froh (Das Rheingold) and Tichon (Katya Kabanova) for the Royal Opera House.
Andrew’s engagements include concerts with the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonics, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment with Sir Simon Rattle; the Orchestre de Paris and London Symphony Orchestra with Daniel Harding; the Rotterdam Philharmonic and the Philadelphia Orchestra with Yannick Nézet-Séguin; the Accademia Santa Cecilia with Semyon Bychkov, among many others. His concert engagements in 2016/17 include Schumann’s Szenen aus Goethes Faust and Das Paradies und die Peri with both the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestre de Paris under Daniel Harding; Bach’s St John Passion with the Accademia Santa Cecilia and Sir Antonio Pappano, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, and Adams’ Dr Atomic (Robert Wilson) with the BBC Symphony Orchestra with John Adams conducting. Recordings include Schumann’s Das Paradies und die Peri with the London Symphony Orchestra and Sir Simon Rattle (LSO Live) and Szenen aus Goethes Faust with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Daniel Harding, and Handel’s Messiah with Le Concert d'Astrée and Emmanuelle Haim (Erato/Warner Classics).