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Andrew Richards Tenore

Negli anni in cui suonava il trombone e cantava jazz semi-professionalmente negli Stati Uniti insieme alle icone The Hi-Los, The Four Freshmen, Sarah Vaughan e Carmen MacRae, Andrew RICHARDS ha avuto il primo incontro con l’opera con La Forza del Destino. In poche settimane fa domanda e viene accettato alla Eastman School of Music per studiare formalmente canto.

Dopo alcuni anni in programmi per giovani artisti, Richards debutta professionale cantando Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly) alla New York City Opera nel 1999. Raggiunge il successo molto rapidamente negli Stati Uniti e prende parte alle produzioni de La Boheme, La Traviata, Cavalleria Rusticana per compagnie come Florida Grand Opera, Kansas City e New Orleans Opera.

Nel 2004, debutta in Europa, a Trieste come Don José in Carmen (che diventerà il suo ruolo principale al Metropolitan, Opera Commique Paris, Verona, Berlino, e trasmesso in tutto il mondo su Arte).

Nel 2005, è stato membro dell’ensemble Staatsoper Unter den Linden di Berlinocome tenore lirico spinto, interpretando Radames (Aida), Cavaradossi (Tosca), Rodolfo (Boheme), Don José (Carmen) e MacDuff (Macbeth).

È celebre soprattutto per il suo lavoro a La Monnaie du Munt nei ruoli di Werther e Parsifal.
Recentemente continua ad approfondire il repertorio di Wagner, e ha cantato il suo primo Siegmund a Kyoto, in Giappone, con la regia di Michael Hampe e la direzione di Richard Numajiri.
In precedenza, il suo primo Parsifal è stato diretto da Calixto Bieito a Stoccarda e soggetto del film “Die Singende Stadt”.

È stato anche l’autore dell’acclamato blog dietro le quinte “Opera Rocks”.

Dopo una pausa, prendendo il tempo di viaggiare e esibirsi per stare con i suoi figli, le prossime stagioni lo vedono recitare in nuovi ruoli a Vienna, Berna, Hannover ed Erfurt.

Si trasferisce ad Anversa con la moglie pianista, Jeanne-Minette Cilliers, e possiede un piccolo voice studio presso il Conservatorio Reale di Anversa.

While playing trombone and singing jazz semi-professionally in the United States alongside icons The Hi-Los, The Four Freshmen, Sarah Vaughan and Carmen MacRae, Andrew RICHARDS was dragged to his first opera: La Forza del Destino. Within weeks he had applied and was accepted to Eastman School of Music to formally study singing.

After a few years in young artist programs, Mr. Richards made his professional debut singing Pinkerton at New York City Opera in 1999. Very quickly he was being hired throughout the USA for his singing in La Boheme, La Traviata, Cavalleria Rusticana for companies like Florida Grand Opera, Kansas City and New Orleans Opera.

In 2004, he made his European debut in Trieste in his role debut of Don Jose in Carmen (which would later become his signature role at The Metropolitan, Opera Commique Paris, Verona, Berlin, and broadcast throughout the world on Arte).

In 2005, Andrew was made a member of the Berlin Staatsoper Unter den Linden ensemble, and was the lyrico-spinto there for several seasons, performing Radames (Aida), Cavaradossi (Tosca), Rodolfo (Boheme), Don Jose (Carmen) and MacDuff (Macbeth).

Very quickly his reputation grew, and was singing around the world in new productions and premieres. He is best known for his work at La Monnaie du Munt in the roles of Werther and Parsifal.

Recently he continues to delve into the Wagner repertoire, and has sung his first Siegmund in Kyoto, Japan with Michael Hampe directing and Richard Numajiri conducting.

Previously, his first Parsifal was directed by Calixto Bieito in Stuttgart and the subject of the movie “Die Singende Stadt.” He was also the author for the acclaimed behind-the-scenes blog “Opera Rocks.”

After a hiatus, taking time away from traveling and performing to be with his children, the coming seasons see him performing new roles in Vienna, Bern, Hannover and Erfurt. He makes Antwerp his home with his pianist wife, Jeanne-Minette Cilliers, and maintains a small voice studio at the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp.