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. He 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.
His engagements include concerts with the Berliner Philharmoniker and Wiener Philharmoniker, the Akademisten Berlin, the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment with Sir Simon Rattle; the Orchestre de Paris, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and London Symphony Orchestra with Daniel Harding; the Swedish Chamber Orchestra and Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Andrew Manze; the Gävle Symphony and Robin Ticciati; the Rotterdams Philharmonisch Orkest and the Philadelphia Orchestra with Yannick Nézet-Séguin; and the Accademia Santa Cecilia with Semyon Bychkov.
Andrew made his debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden as Jacquino (Beethoven Fidelio), returning for Flamand (Strauss Capriccio), Tamino (Mozart Die Zauberflöte), Artabenes (Arne Artaxerxes) and Narraboth (Strauss Salome), and sang Belfiore (Mozart La Finta Giardiniera) for the National Theatre, Prague (a role he repeated in the same production for La Monnaie in Brussels) and Don Ottavio (Mozart Don Giovanni for the Salzburger Festspiele. He has also sung Ferrando (Mozart Cosi fan tutte) for Opera Holland Park and Narraboth (Strauss Salome) for the Hamburgische Staatsoper. He semi-staged and sang Tamino in Die Zauberflöte for the Lucerne Festival and in Drottningholm with Daniel Harding conducting. Future opera engagements include Kudrjas and Luzio (Wagner Das Liebesverbot) for both the Royal Opera House and the Teatro Real in Madrid, Froh (Wagner Das Rheingold) for the Royal Opera House and the Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin, and Tamino at the Lyric Opera of Chicago.
Concert engagements in 2016/17 include Schumann 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 St John Passion with the Accademia Santa Cecilia and Antonio Pappano, the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks and the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, and Adams Dr Atomic (Robert Wilson) with the BBC Symphony Orchestra with John Adams conducting.
Recordings include Schumann Das Paradies und die Peri with the London Symphony Orchestra and Sir Simon Rattle (LSO Live); Handel Messiah with Le Concert d'Astrée and Emmanuelle Haim (Erato/Warner Classics) and Schumann Szenen aus Goethes Faust with the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks and Daniel Harding.
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