Andrew Staples

Biography

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.

His concert engagements include Schumann’s Das Paradies und die Peri with both the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and Sir Simon Rattle and the Swedish Radio with Daniel Harding; Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde with the Akademisten Berlin and Sir Simon Rattle and Magdalena Kozena; John Tavener’s The Veil of the Temple in New York; Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra conducted by Andrew Manze; Britten’s War Requiem at the King’s College Chapel  with David Hill;  Mozart’s Requiem with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, and Andrew Manze; the Gävle Symphony and Robin Ticciati; the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Sir Simon Rattle; the London Symphony Orchestra and Daniel Harding; the Bavarian Radio Symphony with Daniel Harding and Simon Rattle; the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and Yannick Nézet-Séguin; and the Accademia Santa Cecilia with Semyon Bychkov.

He made his Royal Opera House debut as Jacquino (Fidelio), returning for Flamand (Capriccio), Tamino (Die Zauberflöte), Artabenes (Arne’s Artaxerxes) and Narraboth (Salome). He sang Belfiore (La Finta Giardiniera) for the National Theatre, Prague (a role he repeated in the same production for La Monnaie in Brussels), Ferrando for Opera Holland Park, and Narraboth for the Hamburgische Staatsoper.  He also semi-staged and sang Tamino in Die Zauberflöte for the Lucerne Festival and in Drottningholm with Daniel Harding conducting.

He will sing Kudrjas and Luzio (Das Liebesverbot) for both the Royal Opera House and the Teatro Real in Madrid, Don Ottavio for the Salzburger Festspiele, and Tamino in Chicago. In concert he appears with the Swedish Radio Orchestra, the Bavarian Radio Symphony and the Berliner Philharmoniker with Daniel Harding, the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Semyon Bychkov, the London Symphony Orchestra and the Wiener Philharmoniker with Simon Rattle, and the Philadelphia Orchestra with Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

His recent venture, Opera for Change, has taken Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte on tour in Africa. A company of around 50 singers, musicians and crew travel from Nairobi to Cape Town, covering 10 countries in total. The idea behind it is to bring together international musicians and performers alongside local artists and communities, to produce great shows that aim to inspire and transform lives. The project has had high praise from the Telegraph Opera Critic Rupert Christiansen.

Please contact Mary Donald for an updated biography and for performance details.


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Repertoire

ARNE
Artaxerxes: Artabenes

BEETHOVEN
Fidelio: Jaquino

BRITTEN
A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Lysander
The Rape of Lucretia: Male Chorus

DONIZETTI
L’elisir d’Amore: Nemorino 

HANDEL
Sosarme: Haliate

HAYDN
Philemon und Baucis: Aret
L’Infidelta Delusa: Nencio

JANACEK
The Cunning Little Vixen: Schoolmaster

MOZART
Così fan tutte: Ferrando
Don Giovanni: Don Ottavio
Die Zauberflöte: Tamino
La  Finta Giardiniera: Belfiore

POULENC
Les dialogues des Carmelites: Chevalier

J.STRAUSS
Die Fledermaus: Eisenstein

R. STRAUSS
Salome: Narraboth

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Holywell Music Room, Oxford

SCHUBERT Lieder

Christiane Karg, soprano
Andrew Staples, tenor
Joseph Middleton, piano

Unknown settings of great poets and great settings of unknown poetry are the feature of the programme, given by a dazzling trio of young stars. Christiane Karg, Andrew Staples and Joseph Middleton explore Goethe and Schiller, as well as Rochlitz, Platen, Stoll and others.

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Wigmore Hall, London

The Prince Consort
Anna Leese soprano
Jennifer Johnston mezzo-soprano
Andrew Staples tenor
Philip Smith baritone
Alisdair Hogarth
artistic director, piano

Malcolm Martineau
piano
Programme
Schumann
Spanisches Liederspiel
Songs from Myrthen
Songs from Lieder-Album für die Jugend
Spanische Liebeslieder

Barbican Hall, London

SCHUMANN: Das Paradies und die Peri

Sir Simon Rattle, conductor
Sally Matthews, Peri
Mark Padmore, narrator
Kate Royal, soprano
Bernarda Fink, alto
Andrew Staples, tenor
Florian Boesch, bass
London Symphony Orchestra
London Symphony Chorus

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Jonathan Mills

Sandakan Threnody: 30 August 2014

Usher Hall, Edinburgh

"The voice of tenor Andrew Staples was also raised high above the crowd, first with a dark and desperate chant, and then a sublime but desperate longing for Sleep, both of which he delivered with his fluid musicality and drama." The Herald, Rosenna East, 1 September 2014
"...in the lyrical last movement, a homage to Britten in a beautifully poised tenor line, exquisitely sung by Andrew Staples" The Arts Desk, Christopher Lambton, 31 August 2014

First Night of the Proms - Elgar, The Kingdom: 18 July 2014

BBC Symphony Orchestra/Sir Andrew Davis/Erin Wall/Catherine Wyn-Rogers/Christopher Purves, Royal Albert Hall, London

"Valkyrie-like narrator. Andrew Staples brought a powerful, airy tenor to John, and his post-Pentecost duet with Christopher Purves's Peter, sustaining long, operatic lines even as the orchestra bubbled lava-like beneath them, was a highlight."
Erica Jeal, The Guardian, 19 July 2014
"Tenor Andrew Staples rang out with conviction as chief disciple's sidekick"
David Nice, The Arts Desk, 19 July 2014
"Davis was rewarded with scrupulously balanced support from the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the combined forces of the BBC National Chorus of Wales and BBC Symphony Chorus. The solo quartet – soprano Erin Wall, mezzo Catherine Wyn-Rogers, tenor Andrew Staples and bass-baritone Christopher Purves – was no less well blended"
Richard Fairman, Financial Times, 20th July 2014

STRAUSS

SALOME: 8 May 2014

Verizon Hall, Philadelphia / Yannick Nézet-Séguin

"British tenor Andrew Staples offered an uncommonly good Narraboth, his voice clear and the text well projected." Opera News, David Shengold

BRITTEN

Albert Herring

Barbican Centre, London

"He may have had his funniest incarnation yet last night in young Andrew Staples' characterisation, very much at the centre alongside Steuart Bedford’s 13-piece BBC Symphony Orchestra team - of a peerless cast."
David Nice, The Arts Desk, 24 November 2013
"Andrew Staples in the title role won our approbation for his empowering act of rebellion"
Evening Standard, 25 November 2013
"A sophisticated singer with faultless comic timing"
Anna Picard, The Times, 25 November 2013
"And Albert’s offhand dismissal of her, ‘That’ll do, Mum!’, did, for once, seem shockingly brutal, and, as the libretto instructs, created in Albert a moment of doubt before he revealed to Sid and Nancy that actually he’d been partly inventing his debauchery and acting his hangover. I doubt whether any other performer of Albert has ever been able to convey that, as Andrew Staples unforgettably did. His will surely go down as a definitive account of the role, in which, from his first appearance onwards, he discovered new and exciting depths. His Act I monologue, ruminating on how he has to spend his time, punctuated with the increasingly frustrated ‘For what?’, already showed that this was no mere skit on village life, or any of the other clichés served up by the commentators. Staples searched out every nuance in this brilliantly created role — the librettist Eric Crozier provided Britten, in Herring, with much the finest text he ever had to work with in an opera — while maintaining a beautifully articulated vocal line. This is the kind of thing DVDs were invented for."


Michael tanner, The Spectator, 30 November 2013

Wagner

Tristan und Isolde: 27 July 2013

Royal Albert Hall, London

"The best singing came from Andrew Staples, doubling as Steersman and Shepherd - this strikingly confident young British tenor has come on by leaps and bounds recently. But alas, he was on the platform for only five minutes out of 230."
Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph, 28 July 2013
"Andrew Staples, surely the most gifted and promising English tenor for at least a generation, sang Flamand with impeccable style and with ardour"
Michael Tanner, The Spectator, 27 July 2013
"Andrew Staples made an impression disproportionately strong to his too brief time on stage in a double as both the Young Sailor and the Shepherd; his clarion tenor resounded beautifully through the hall as he sang the lines to his Irish maid that inspired T.S. Eliot in The Waste Land."

John de Wald / Opera Britannia / 28 July 2013

Capriccio, in concert: 19 July 2013

Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

"Andrew Staples provided lyrical singing"

Intermezzo, 22 July 2013
"Special praise is also due to Barry Banks and Mary Plazas as the farcical Italian singers, and to Andrew Staples, a late substitute as the composer Flamand, who projected rich honeyed tone in music where Strauss finally makes amends for his long feud with tenors."

Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph, 20 July 2013
"Andrew Staples's ecstatic Flamand"
Tim Ashley, The Guardian, 22 July 2013
"Andrew Staples sang with youthful ardour as Flamand"
Richard Fairman, Financial Times, 22 July 2013

Bach, St Matthew Passion: 28, 29, 30 March 2013

Philadelphia Orchestra/Malin Christensson/Karen Cargill/Luca Pisaroni/Andrew Foster-Williams, Verizon Hall, Philadelphia

"The singer I'd happily hear for another three hours was tenor Andrew Staples as the Evangelist. Narrative recitatives rippled from his easily produced, light tenor voice with subtle shades of meaning. When arias hit coloratura passages, the effect was not elaboration but intensification. Sometimes he sang from memory, addressing the audience with great effect. During moments of repose, he sat on the edge of the stage, seeming to brood. Every moment rang utterly true."
David Patrick Stearns, Philadelphia Enquirer, 30 March 2013

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