Andrew Staples


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.

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

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Royal Festival Hall, LONDON

J.S. BACH St Matthew Passion, BWV 244

Conductor: David Hill

Christ: Matthew Best
Soprano: Sarah Tynan
Baritone: Roderick Williams

Bach Choir

Parco della Musica, ROME

BACH St John Passion

Conductor: Antonio Pappano

Contralto: Ann Hallenberg
TENOR (Evangelist/arias): ANDREW STAPLES
Bass (Jesus): Roderick Williams
Bass: Christian Gerhaher

Orchestra e Coro dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia

Parco della Musica, ROME

BACH St John Passion

Conductor: Antonio Pappano

Contralto: Ann Hallenberg
TENOR (Evangelist/arias): ANDREW STAPLES
Bass (Jesus): Roderick Williams
Bass: Christian Gerhaher

Orchestra e Coro dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia

Parco della Musica, ROME

BACH St John Passion

Conductor: Antonio Pappano

Contralto: Ann Hallenberg
TENOR (Evangelist/arias): ANDREW STAPLES
Bass (Jesus): Roderick Williams
Bass: Christian Gerhaher

Orchestra e Coro dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia

Barbican Centre, LONDON

Conductor: John Adams

Dr J. Robert Oppenheimer: Gerald Finley
Kitty Oppenheimer: Julia Bullock
General Leslie Groves: Gidon Saks
Jack Hubbard: Marcus Farnsworth

BBC Singers
BBC Symphony Orchestra

Philharmonie Cologne, COLOGNE

ELGAR 'The Kingdom'

Conductor: Thomas Neuhoff

Soprano: Johanna Winkel
Bass-baritone: Simon Bailey

Sinfonieorchester Wuppertal 
Chor und Extrachor des Bach-Vereins Köln

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HANDEL Messiah

Toronto Symphony Orchestra/Sir Andrew Davis, Chandos

"Tenor Andrew Staples and mezzo-soprano Elizabeth DeShong are both superb, dramatically alert and technically fluent." Gramophone Magazine, January 2017


Die Zauberflöte

Lyric Opera of Chicago

"Making his company debut was Andrew Staples as Tamino. The English tenor was a worthy, suitably youthful rescuer, delivering an ardent “Dies Bildnis”"
Larence A Johnson, Chicago Classical Review, 11 December 2016
"Staples cut a stalwart figure and sang with a clear, strong lyric tenor backed by superb technique and a pliant feel for Mozart's long legato line."
John von Rhein, Chicago Tribune, 11 December 2016


Stravinsky Series

Royal Festival Hall

Andrew Staples as the Narrator gave Stravinsky’s angular lines a movingly chaste quality,  The Telegraph/ Ivan Hewett
 Andrew Staples’ pale tenor shifted constantly in character, capturing the slight shifts in the writing’s dynamic. Phrasing was smooth and notes were caressed; he was struck the ideal balance between dramatic and hallowed.  Bachtrack/ Dominic Lowe
'From clarion tenor Andrew Staples almost Mephistophelian or Quint-like as ritual guide Eumolpus guides Perséphone into darker corners' The Arts Desk/ David Nice


The Dream of Gerontius

Barenboim; Berlin Staatskapelle

This is where true artistry shows...You see that Andrew Staples is a tenor extraordinaire, intelligent, resilient, brawny yet consummately sensitive. And you hear that, somehow, miracles do happen. Shirley Apthorp; Financial Times, 20th September 2016


Messiah: 11-13 December 2015

Philadelphia Orchestra/Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Verizon Hall Philadelphia

"British tenor Andrew Staples was also very good, handling his arias with great flair."
Bryan Byttler,, 12 December 2015
"Tenor Andrew Staples was the most elegant vocalist"
Patrick Stearns, Philadelphia Inquirer, 14 December 2015


Faust Szenen / 21 November 2015

Wiener Konzerthaus, Wiener Symphoniker , Daniel Harding

"Andrew Staples sounded every inch a Tamino in his roles, Schumann’s fantastic writing for Ariel benefiting from a meltingly Romantic evocation in vocal and instrumental terms." Mark Berry, Seen and Heard International, 25 November 2015
"...erwies er sich als Idealbesetzung für diese Partie. Das galt auch für Andrew Staples in den Rollen des Ariel und des Pater Exstaticus. Mit seinem sauber geführten Tenor dominierte er vor allem die einen Sonnenaufgang imaginierende erste Szene der zweiten Abteilung."
Simon Haasis, Bachtrack, 23 November 2015
"Andrew Staples (mit wunderbar lyrischem Tenor)..." H.C. Mayer, Kurier, 23 November 2015


The Turn of the Screw

Aurora Orchestra, Snape Maltings Aldeburgh - 24 October 2015; St Luke's London - 26 October 2015

"Sophie Hunter and Andrew Staples created an atmospheric semi-staging for Britten’s opera; the Aurora Orchestra and superb soloists were spot-on" ... "As the ghostly Miss Jessel and Peter Quint, Jane Irwin and Andrew Staples had exactly the right ambiguity to leave all James’s questions hovering uneasily in the air."
Rian Evans, The Guardian, 27 October 2015
"In a fine cast, everyone hit a raw nerve. Bevan, in lustrous voice, lost a few words but commanded attention. Ann Murray made a remarkably potent Mrs Grose, and the two ghosts, Staples’s Quint and Jane Irwin’s Miss Jessel, had plenty of petulant vehemence. The children, Joshua Kenney’s Miles and Louise Moseley’s Flora, provided perfectly horrible blank complicity as the screw turned."
Neil Fisher, The Times, 29 October 2015
"marvellously sung, by a seductive Staples"
Helen Wallace,, 28 October 2015


Schumann: Das Paradies und die Peri

London Symphony Orchestra/Simon Rattle

"Andrew Staples ... is very moving in his solos."
Simon Thompson, Music Web International



Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

"Andrew Staples used his tenor potently as Narraboth"
John Allison, The Telegraph, 1 October 2015


The Damnation of Faust

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra/Renata Pokupić, Bryn Terfel, Andrew Staples, Shane Lowrencev, Sir Andrew Davis, Hamer Hall, Melbourne

"While Bryn Terfel is the big name drawcard to this event, English tenor Andrew Staples proves an absolute revelation as Faust. Staples lovingly caresses the French lyrics, demonstrating wonderful phrasing and diction along the way. His tireless tenor has a sweet purity that is an absolute pleasure to hear. The strength of his sound comes from faultless support of breath, completely avoiding any tendency of the kind of high volume that verges toward shouting. In the absence of a director for the concert, Staples still manages a good amount of interaction with his colleagues so as to enhance the storytelling. His rendition of “Invocation to nature” is a highlight of the evening."
Simon Parris, Main in Chair, 21 March 2015
"Tenor Andrew Staples brings a yearning almost melancholy tone as Faust, with a necessary measure of human frailty — of strain and struggle — to contrast Terfel’s monstrous facility. He rises to those top notes, say in his “Air de Faust”, only to fall once more into ennui. This is an essential quality in Berlioz’s Faust. It points to the true heartrending significance of that awful breath which stops the tenor’s high C sharp in his love duet with Marguerite. Faust can never fly so high or so far as the saints."
Andrew Fuhrmann, Daily Review, 23 March 2015


A Flowering Tree

Opera Omaha

"Tenor Andrew Staples gave a nuanced performance as the prince who went through his own transformation. Staples’ clear, rich voice was beautifully balanced throughout the evening, and whether in lust, mourning or love, he had undeniable chemistry with Chuchman."
Kim Carpenter, Omaha World-Herald, 14 February 2015

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
" 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


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


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


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



HANDEL Messiah

Conductor: Andrew Davis
Soprano: Erin Wall
Mezzo soprano: Elizabeth DeShong
Tenor: Andrew Staples
Bass: John Relyea
Toronto Mendelssohn Choir
Toronto Symphony Orchestra

Recorded live at Roy Thomson Hall, Toronto
December 2015

BERLIOZ: Romeo et Juliette

Robin Ticciati conductor
Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Swedish Radio Choir
Katija Dragojevic mezzo-soprano
Andrew Staples tenor
Alastair Miles bass

Recorded live at concerts in the Berwaldhallen, Stockholm, Sweden, 3–8 November 2014
Linn records

SCHUMANN: Das Paradies und die Peri

Sir Simon Rattle
London Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Chorus 
Soloists: Sally Matthews, Mark Padmore, Kate Royal, Bernarda Fink, Andrew Staples, Florian Boesch 

Recorded live at the Barbican, 11th January 2015
LSO Live

SCHUMANN Szenen aus Goethes Faust

Chor und Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks
Daniel Harding
Christian Gerhaher, Christiane Carg, Alastair Miles, Mari Eriksmoen, Bernarda Fink, Andrew Staples, Kurt Rydl, Tareq Nazmi
14 October 2014
BR Klassik