Andrew Foster-Williams

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Andrew Foster-Williams (born in Wigan, Greater Manchester) is an English operatic bass-baritone, concert singer and recitalist.

Andrew Foster-Williams read music at Royal Academy of Music in London, graduating with a first-class honours degree. He has since been made a Fellow of the Royal Academy. He won many prizes whilst at the Royal Academy; including, amongst others, The Opera Prize, The Flora Nielsen Recital Prize and The Elena Gerhardt Lieder Prize.

The Daily Telegraph in London named him their "Newcomer of the Year" and said "Andrew Foster-Williams is an impressively intelligent artist who sang both Leporello in Don Giovanni and Alidoro in La Cenerentola with impressive vocal polish. We should be hearing more of him."

Opera appearances have included Albert in Werther and Leporello for Washington National Opera, the Four Villains in Les Contes d'Hoffmann in Moscow, Nick Shadow in The Rake's Progress for Opéra National de Lorraine, Borée in Les Boréades at the Opéra National du Rhin, and Don Pizarro in Fidelio for Opera North.

His future opera plans include Telramund in Wagner's Lohengrin with Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Hidarot in a new Barrie Kosky production of Gluck's opera Armide for Netherlands Opera, Captain Balstrode in Britten's Peter Grimes for Lyon Opera, a new David Poutney production for Welsh National Opera, and Goloud in Pelléas et Mélisande at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow.

Upcoming concert plans include Beethoven's Cantata on the Death of Emperor Joseph II with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas, Verdi Requiem with Yannick Nézet-Séguin in Montreal, Mozart Requiem with the New York Philharmonic, Spohr's Die Letzen Dinge and JC Bach's Lucia Silla in Salzburg with the Mozarteum Orchestra conducted by Ivor Bolton, Haydn's Creation with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment conducted by Adam Fischer. He will also perform song recitals in Venice and at the Wigmore Hall in London.

He has worked with some other of the world's greatest orchestras including The London Symphony Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, The Deutsche Symphony Orchestra, and The Netherlands Philharmonic.

In 2009 he sang the role of Marco in the world premiere recording of Saverio Mercadante's Virginia with the London Philharmonic Orchestra for the Opera Rara label.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Stephen Francis Vasta (July 2009). "Editor's Choice: MERCADANTE: VIRGINIA". Opera News 74 (1). Retrieved June 26, 2009. 

Andrew Foster-Williams' official website [1]