Tenor

Andrew Staples

Engagements this season and beyond include his debut at the Theater an der Wien, Mozart Mass in C Minor with the Berliner Philharmoniker and Daniel Harding, Schumann Das Paradies und die Peri with the Berliner Philharmoniker and Sir Simon Rattle, Berlioz L’Enfance du Christ with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and his debut at the Metropolitan Opera.

Introduction

A prolific concert performer, Andrew has appeared 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 Fidelio, returning for Flamand Capriccio, Tamino Die Zauberflöte, Artabenes in Arne’s Artaxerxes and Narraboth Salome. He has also appeared at the National Theatre, Prague; La Monnaie,  Brussels; the Salzburger Festspiele; Hamburgische Staatsoper and the Lucerne Festival. Most recently he sang Tamino for the Lyric Opera of Chicago.


From The Green Room

Discography

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    MARTINU: The Epic of Gilgamesh

    Label: Supraphon

    Release Date: 02 Oct 17

    Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Prague Philharmonic Choir & Manfred Honeck
    Lucy Crowe, Andrew Staples, Derek Walton, Jan Martinik, Simon Callow

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    HENZE: Neue Volkslieder und Hirtengesänge

    Label: Tudor

    Tenor: Andrew Staples
    Bassoon: Markus Weidmann
    Guitar: Jürgen Ruck
    Scharoun Ensemble Berlin
    Conductor: Daniel Harding

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    HANDEL Messiah

    Label: Chandos

    Release Date: 01 Nov 16

    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

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    BERLIOZ: Romeo et Juliette

    Label: Linn records

    Release Date: 26 Sep 16

    Conductor: Robin Ticciati

    Katija Dragojevic mezzo-soprano
    Andrew Staples tenor
    Alastair Miles bass

    Swedish Radio Choir
    Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra

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

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    SCHUMANN: Das Paradies und die Peri

    Label: LSO Live

    Release Date: 02 Oct 15

    Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle

    Soloists: Sally Matthews, Mark Padmore, Kate Royal, Bernarda Fink, Andrew Staples, Florian Boesch

    London Symphony Chorus
    London Symphony Orchestra

    Recorded live at the Barbican, 11 January 2015

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    HANDEL Messiah

    Label: Erato/Warner Classics

    Release Date: 28 Oct 14

    Conductor: Emmanuelle Haïm

    Lucy Crowe, Andrew Staples, Tim Mead, Chirstopher Purves

    Le Concert d’Astrée

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    SCHUMANN Szenen aus Goethes Faust

    Label: BR Klassik

    Release Date: 14 Oct 14

    Conductor: Daniel Harding

    Christian Gerhaher, Christiane Carg, Alastair Miles, Mari Eriksmoen, Bernarda Fink, Andrew Staples, Kurt Rydl, Tareq Nazmi

    Chor und Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks

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    BOB CHILCOTT Requiem & other choral works

    Label: Hyperion

    Release Date: 30 Apr 12

    Matthew Owens (conductor)

    Andrew Staples (tenor)
    Laurie Ashworth (soprano)
    Jonathan Vaughn (organ)

    Wells Cathedral Choir
    Nash Ensemble

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    HANDEL Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno

    Label: Wigmore Live

    Release Date: 20 Jan 11

    Christian Curnyn director, harpsichord

    Lucy Crowe, Bellezza
    Hilary Summers, Disinganno
    Anna Stephany, Piacere
    Andrew Staples, Tempo

    Early Opera Company

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    VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Kissing Her Hair

    Label: Albion Records

    Release Date: 12 Dec 08

    Twenty Early Songs Of Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Sarah Fox (soprano)
    Andrew Staples (tenor)
    Roderick Williams (baritone)
    Iain Burnside (piano)

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    BRITTEN Billy Budd

    Label: Virgin Classics

    Release Date: 15 Sep 08

    Conductor: Daniel Harding

    Nathan Gunn/Ian Bostridge/Gidon Saks/Neal Davies/Jonathan Lemalu/Matthew Rose/Andrew Staples

    London Symphony Orchestra

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    PURCELL Music for Queen Mary

    Label: Warner Classics (EMI)

    Release Date: 06 Mar 06

    Conductor: Stephen Cleobury

    Kate Royal/Andrew Staples/Jacques Imbrailo/Timothy Mead

    Kings College Choir
    Academy of Ancient Music

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    14 Oct 17 MAHLER: 'Das Lied von der Erde' Aurora Orchestra / Nicholas Collon
    Kings Place, London

    “The Aurora had been able to secure two of the finest singers it is possible to hear in this music, tenor Andrew Staples and mezzo-soprano Dame Sarah Connolly. Although relatively brief, the tenor role is one of the toughest in the repertoire and usually the preserve of Wagnerian Heldentenors. Staples, whose career hasn’t so far seen him venturing in that heroic direction, proved that stentorianism is not a prerequisite for Mahler’s demanding writing when competing with 16 players as opposed to an orchestra of a hundred. How often can one say one heard every word in the opening song, Das Trinklied von Jammer der Erde? Staples’ tone was resilient and lusty, but with plenty of subtlety and expressiveness in his conveyance of the text. There was wit too, in his banter-like interaction with the instrumental soloists in the drinking song of Der Trunkene im Frühling.”
    Matthew Rye, Bachtrack, 15 October 2017

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    11 Oct 17 MAHLER: 'Das Lied von der Erde' Aurora Orchestra / Nicholas Collon
    St George's Bristol

    “Andrew Staples’ powerful voice effortlessly rode the waves of music in his tumultuous opening song. The tenor’s height, however, came in Der Trunkene im Frühling; Staples was brimming with energy, letting the orchestra wander through the drunkenness of the music while he produced a captivating performance that filled the audience with laughter.”
    Charlotte Perkins, B24/7, 12 October 2017

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    09 Sep 17 Recording: HENZE Neue Volkslieder und Hirtengesänge, Kammermusik 1958 Scharoun Ensemble Berlin/Daniel Harding

    “Tenor Andrew Staples sings with warmth and agility”
    Graham Rickson, The Arts Desk, 9 September 2017

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    25 Aug 17 BERLIOZ: La Damnation de Faust New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Edo de Waart
    Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington

    “Andrew Staples was superb as Faust, with his impeccable French embellishing an understanding of the role”
    John Button, Stuff.co.nz, 28 August 2017

     

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    30 Jun 17 HENZE Neue Volkslieder und Hirtengesange

    “Tenor Andrew Staples sings Holderlin’s text with controlled intensity and a clarity of nuance…”
    Christopher Dingle, BBC Music Magazine, January 2018

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    17 Jun 17 HAYDN: Creation Melbourne Symphony Orchestra/Sir Andrew Davis
    Hamer Hall, Melbourne

    “Englishman Andrew Staples interpreted Uriel with a golden, agile tenor sometimes so light it brought a countertenor voice to mind – some lovely Baroque phrasing probably contributed to this impression.”
    Patricia Maunder, Bachtrack, 18 June 2017

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    25 Apr 17 ADAMS: Dr Atomic BBC Symphony Orchestra
    Barbican Centre, London

    “there was strong support from Andrew Staples”
    Hannah Nepil, Financial Times, 26 April 2017

    “Andrew Staples and Brindley Sherratt showed some grit as doubting and bullish physicists respectively. These were fine performances, stretching the limits of a flawed work.”
    Neil Fisher, The Times, 27 April 2017

    “Andrew Staples displayed a clear, bright tenor as the younger scientist Robert Wilson.”
    David Karlin, Bachtrack, 26 April 2017

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    01 Jan 17 HANDEL Messiah Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Sir Andrew Davis
    CD release, Chandos

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

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    30 Sep 16 Stravinsky
    Royal Festival Hall

    “Andrew Staples as the Narrator gave Stravinsky’s angular lines a movingly chaste quality”
    Ivan Hewett, The Telegraph

    “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.”
    Dominic Lowe, Bachtrack

    “From clarion tenor Andrew Staples almost Mephistophelian or Quint-like as ritual guide Eumolpus guides Perséphone into darker corners”
    David Nice, The Arts Desk

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    20 Sep 16 ELGAR 'The Dream of Gerontius' Berlin Staatskapelle, Barenboim
    Berlin Philharmonie

    “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

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    11 Dec 15 HANDEL 'Messiah' Philadelphia Orchestra/Yannick Nézet-Séguin
    Verizon Hall, Philadelphia

    “British tenor Andrew Staples was also very good, handling his arias with great flair.”
    Bryan Byttler, phillymag.com, 12 December 2015

    “Tenor Andrew Staples was the most elegant vocalist”
    Patrick Stearns, Philadelphia Inquirer, 14 December 2015

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    26 Nov 15 SCHUMANN 'Faust Szenen' Wiener Symphoniker, Daniel Harding
    Wiener Konzerthaus

    “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

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    26 Oct 15 BRITTEN 'The Turn of the Screw' Aurora Orchestra
    Snape Maltings, Aldeburgh; LSO St Luke's, London

    “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, Classical-Music.com, 28 October 2015

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    08 Oct 15 SCHUMANN 'Das Paradies und die Peri' London Symphony Orchestra/Simon Rattle
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    “Andrew Staples … is very moving in his solos.”
    Simon Thompson, Music Web International

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    01 Oct 15 STRAUSS 'Salome'
    Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

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

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    20 Mar 15 BERLIOZ 'The Damnation of Faust' Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, 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

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    14 Feb 15 John ADAMS '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 

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    30 Aug 14 Jonathan MILLS 'Sandakan Threnody'
    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

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    18 Jul 14 ELGAR 'The Kingdom' BBC Symphony Orchestra, Sir Andrew Davis
    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

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    08 May 14 STRAUSS 'Salome' Philadelphia Orchestra, Yannick Nézet-Séguin
    Verizon Hall, Philadelphia

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

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    23 Nov 13 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

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    27 Jul 13 WAGNER 'Tristan und Isolde'
    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 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

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    22 Jul 13 STRAUSS 'Capriccio'
    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, 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’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

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    28 Mar 13 BACH 'St Matthew Passion' Philadelphia Orchestra
    Verizon Hall

    “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

Repertoire

OPERA

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