Australian baritone Andrew Finden is quickly garnering the attention of audiences and critics alike for his compelling stage presence and vocal qualities. A Samling Artist, Britten-Pears Young Artist and an alumni of the International Vocal Arts Institute’s Tel Aviv Summer Opera Programme, Andrew recently gained a Master of Music with Distinction on the prestigious Opera Course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where he was awarded the Harold Rosenthal Prize.
Since the beginning of the 2011/12 season Andrew has been a member of the ensemble of the Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe, where his roles include Papageno (Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte), Il Conte (Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro), Ned Keene (Britten’s Peter Grimes), Count Oscar (Offenbach’s Barbe-Bleu), & Schtschelkalow (Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunow). His performance of Clito in the 2012 Karlsruhe Händel-Festpiele prduction of Alessandro is available as a live recording on the Pan Classics label.
Andrew is an alumni of the Internationales Opernstudio des Staatstheaters Nürnberg, where his roles included Il Conte (Donizetti’s Emilia di Liverpool), Dr Falke (J. Strauss’s Die Fledermaus), Don Alvaro (Rossini’s Il viaggio a Reims), and Morales (Bizet’s Carmen). Other highlights have included the role of Mr Brooke in the national premiere of Mark Adamo’s opera Little Women for the International Vocal Arts Institute in Israel under the guidance of the composer, the role of Steward (cover) in Jonathan Dove’s opera Flight for British Youth Opera and Schaunard (Puccini’s La Bohème) for Longborough Festival Opera.
On the concert platform, Andrew made his Barbican debut as soloist in Alisdair Nicholson’s Two Sisters, A Rose, A Flood and Snow with the London Symphony Orchestra. Andrew was a soloist in Handel’s Messiah for the London Handel Festival and has been a soloist at the Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow, the New Israeli Opera and with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra under Maestro Richard Bonynge.
During his studies Andrew performed numerous roles, including Il Conte Almaviva (Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro), The English Archer (Sallinen’s The King Goes Forth to France), Billy Bigelow (Rogers & Hammerstein’s Carousel) and Slook (Rossini’s Il Cambiale di Matrimonio).
Andrew has been a semi-finalist in the Fancisco Viñas International Singing Contest, a finalist in the Stuart Burrows International Voice Award and was awarded the Nelly Apt Scholarship in the Australian Singing Competition Mathy Awards. He is also a recipient of the Sydney de Vries Memorial Award for Baritone, and a prizewinner in the Australian National Aria, and Oper Schloß Laubach competitions. In 2010 he was selected for the ZAV Nachwuchsvorsingen (young talent showcase), and is a current recipient of a Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarship. Andrew has performed in public Masterclasses with, among others, Thomas Hampson, Matthias Goerne, Håkan Hagegård and Olaf Bär.
In the 2014/15 season Andrew will perform Schaunard in a new production of La Bohème, and make his role debut as Oreste in Gluck’s Iphigenie en Tauride in Karlsruhe.