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BIOGRAPHY

Andrew Tortise, tenor

Andrew Tortise is an engaging new discovery whose talent is recognised by all who hear him. He was a choral scholar at Wells Cathedral before taking up a choral scholarship at Trinity College Cambridge. Since leaving Cambridge, Andrew has performed and recorded with such ensembles as The King’s Consort, Polyphony, Ex-Cathedra and the Orlando Consort.

Recent solo performances in the UK include Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas and Dioclesian for the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment under Richard Egarr, Charpentier with Florilegium at the Wigmore Hall, performances of Orfeo as part of the South Bank Centre’s Monteverdi weekend under the direction of Jonathan Miller, and Haydn’s The Seasons with the Huddersfield Choral Society conducted by their music director Martyn Brabbins.

He sang the tenor solos in Monteverdi’s Vespers under Sir John Eliot Gardiner in Venice marking the 40th Anniversary of the Monteverdi Choir and has toured with him in a Purcell project in a European tour.

Andrew made his Paris debut as Apollo Semele for Théâtre des Champs Elysées conducted by Marc Minkowski, directed by David McVicar, and sang Coridon Acis and Galatea also for Minkowski in Grenoble, Brussels and Spain and appeared with Opéra National de Lyon in Monteverdi’s L’Incoronazione di Poppea with William Christie. He was also invited by William Christie to take part in his young artist programme Le Jardin des Voix, which resulted in a highly successful tour of Europe and the USA with Les Arts Florissants

Andrew made his debut at the Salzburg Whitsun Festival in the role of Damon Acis and Galatea for Marc Minkowski, the production also taking in Cremona and Bilbao. Last summer he was again with Minkowski at the Salzburg Summer Festival singing Marzio in a new production of Mozart’s Mitridate. Other recent engagements have included Mozart’s C Minor Mass and Requiem with the Philharmonia Chorus and Orchestra in London and a tour with Netherlands Bach Society and Jos van Veldhoven in a Buxtehude and Sweelinck programme.

In 2006 he sang Ferrando for Opéra National de Lyon with William Christie and covered it for Glyndebourne Festival. This season he has sung Eurymachus in Ulisses for Welsh National Opera, Melchior Gabor in a new opera by Benoit Mernier for La Monnaie and will return to Glyndebourne Festival to sing the tenor arias in a staged production by Katie Mitchell of St Matthew Passion. Among Andrew’s future opera plans are Lucano and First Soldier L’ incoronazione di Poppea for Glyndebourne Festival and the role of La Chevalier danois Armide at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées with Les Arts Florissants.

Andrew’s recent concert performances included LSO debut singing First Prisoner Fidelio under Sir Colin Davis, Bach’s Christmas Oratorio with Combattimento Consort, Messiah with the Orchestra of the Age of the Englightenment and a European tour of Matthew Passion with Netherlands Bach Society. Next season Andrew will return to the LSO to sing Squeak Billy Budd with Daniel Harding.


REVIEWS

"With singers of such technical accomplishment all under 30 it is invidious to single any out, but keep an eye out for Andrew Tortise, who sings this repertoire with welcome passion"
Robert Thicknesse, The Times

 

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