Andrew Staples is considered by many to be one of the most versatile British singers. A favourite for works by Handel, Mozart and Britten, he has also made his mark singing Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius, Verdi’s Requiem and Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde. He sings regularly with Simon Rattle, Daniel Harding and Yannick Nézet-Séguin, and with orchestras such as the Berliner Philharmoniker, Wiener Philharmoniker, Swedish Radio Orchestra, Bayerischer Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, and the London Symphony Orchestra.
In opera he is a regular guest at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden where he has sung Tamino (Die Zauberflöte), Narraboth (Salome) and Artabenes (Arne’s Artaxerxes) and he also appears in Salzburg, Hamburg, Brussels and Prague.
His work as a director includes productions of Cosí fan tutte and La bohème in London and for the Menton Festival. He has directed a celebrated semi-staging of Die Zauberflöte for the Lucerne Festival, conducted by Daniel Harding, and will stage the opera in the Drottningholms Slottsteater with the Swedish Radio Orchestra, again with Daniel Harding.
His new venture, Opera for Change, will take Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte on tour in Africa. The project will take an articulated lorry and several coaches containing a company of around 50 singers, musicians and crew on a route that stretches 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 and will set off later in 2013.
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