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Andrew Foster-Williams

Andrew Foster-Williams

Andrew Foster-Williams

Acclaimed throughout the press for his authoritative, sonorous and regal voice, Andrew Foster-Williams has established himself as an exciting, young talent in the Classical Music world.

Combining intelligent music-making with an instinctual dramatic sense, Andrew brings vocal virtuosity and charisma to concert hall and opera house alike.

Andrew Foster-Williams studied at, and is now to be made a Fellow of, the Royal Academy of Music. He made his US opera debut as Leone in Handel Tamerlano with Placido Domingo at Washington National Opera, prompting the following Washington Post review: "Andrew Foster-Williams was a delightful surprise, nearly stealing the show with his brilliant Act II aria".

Current and future concert plans include solo orchestral recitals of Mozart and Handel arias for the Hong Kong Philharmonic and the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra with Nicolas McGegan; Brahms Requiem with Philippe Herreweghe and l'Orchestre des Champs-Élysées; title role in Hercule Mourant by Antoine Dauvergne with Christophe Rousset and Les Talens Lyriques; Haydn Die Jahreszeiten with Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival and The Gulbenkian Orchestra Lisbon with Paul McCreesh; Messiah for the New York Philharmonic with Bernard Labadie, and with Nicholas Kraemer and the Toronto Symphony and Minnesota Orchestra; Bach Lutheran Mass with The Cleveland Orchestra and Franz Welser-Möst; Catel's Sémiramis with Le Concert Spirituel and Hervé Niquet; Mozart Requiem with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Yannick Nézet-Séguin; and Tippett A Child of our Time with the Strasbourg Philharmonic and Carlo Rizzi.

Operatically, Andrew sings Leporello Don Giovanni and Albert in Massenet‘s Werther for Washington National Opera; his first Four Villains in Offenbach Les Contes D'Hoffman in Moscow and his first Don Pizarro in Fidelio for Opera North; Nick Shadow The Rake's Progress for Opéra National de Lorraine; Nardo in Mozart La Finta Giardiniera Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Paris and Barbican, London; and Fenice in Deidamia at Netherlands Opera.

Recent opera appearances have included singing Sleep, Winter, Corydon and Hymen in Purcell The Fairy Queen at the 2009 Glyndebourne Festival with William Christie; Zebul Jephtha with Ivor Bolton and Borée Les Boréades with Emmanuelle Haïm at the Opera National du Rhin; Ismenor in Rameau Dardanus with Emmanuelle Haïm at the Opera de Lille; Zebul Jephtha for Opera National de Bordeaux; Cold Genius, Aeolus and Comus in a new Mark Morris production of Purcell King Arthur for English National Opera and in San Francisco; Il Conte Le Nozze di Figaro at the Beaune Festival; Publio La Clemenza di Tito for ENO; Leone Tamerlano for Washington National Opera; Alidoro La Cenerentola for Welsh National Opera; Nick Shadow The Rake's Progress with Basel Chamber Orchestra; Larkens La Fanciulla del West at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and Golaud Pelléas et Mélisande for Independent Opera, London.

Andrew has also sung Leporello Don Giovanni, Colline La Bohème, Plutone Orfeo and a dramatised version of Schubert Winterreise for Opera North; Alidoro La Cenerentola, Don Fernando Fidelio, Voice of Neptune Idomeneo and Sprecher Die Zauberflöte for Glyndebourne; Garibaldo Rodelinda, Melisso Alcina and Argante Rinaldo at the Göttingen Handel Festival.

On the concert platform Andrew has sung Die Jahreszeiten with the London Symphony Orchestra and Sir Colin Davis (also to be recorded for LSO Live), and Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra and Paul McCreesh; Mendelssohn Elijah with DSO Berlin under Andrew Manze; Tippett A Child of our Time with Robin Ticciati and the Rotterdam Philharmonic; Stravinsky Pulcinella with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo and Yakov Kreizberg, and with the BBC Scottish Symphony and Matthias Pintscher;  Beethoven Missa Solemnis with Philippe Herreweghe and l'Orchestre des Champs-Élysées; Christus St Matthew Passion with Sir Roger Norrington and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment; Creation with the Hallé Orchestra and Mark Elder and also with the Gabrieli Consort; Handel L'Allegro with William Christie and Les Arts Florissants at the Proms and on a European tour and a Messiah tour and recording with the Britten Sinfonia and Stephen Layton; and Don Fernando Fidelio (in concert) for the Hong Kong Philharmonic and Edo de Waart.

He has regularly appeared at the Mostly Mozart Festival in London and made his debut at the New York Mostly Mozart Festival in 2005 in L' Allegro with Nicholas McGegan. Other recent US concert appearances have included Haydn Nelson Mass with Franz Welser Möst and the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra; Beethoven Symphony No 9 with Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and Andreas Delfs and the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra in San Francisco; Handel Messiah with Les Violons du Roi at Carnegie Hall New York, the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

Biography from the artist's official website


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