Andrew Staples (tenor) sang as a chorister in St Paul’s Cathedral before winning a choral scholarship to King’s College Cambridge, where he gained a degree in music. Andrew was the first recipient of the RCM Peter Pears Scholarship, sponsored by the Britten Pears Foundation, at the Royal College of Music and subsequently joined the Benjamin Britten International Opera School. He studies with Ryland Davies.
His concert engagements include Schumann’s Das Paradies und die Peri with both the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and Sir Simon Rattle and the Swedish Radio with Daniel Harding; Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde with the Akademisten Berlin and Sir Simon Rattle and Magdalena Kozena, John Tavener’s The Veil of the Temple in New York; Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra conducted by Andrew Manze, Britten’s War Requiem at the King’s College Chapel with David Hill and Mozart’s Requiem with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Andrew Manze; the Gävle Symphony and Robin Ticciati; the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Sir Simon Rattle; and the London Symphony Orchestra and Daniel Harding, the Bavarian Radio Symphony with Daniel Harding and Simon Rattle, the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Accademia Santa Cecilia with Semyon Bychkov.
He made his Royal Opera House debut as Jacquino Fidelio, returning for First Armed Man Die Zauberflöte, Artabenes Arne’s Artaxerxes and Narraboth Salome and sang Belfiore La finta giardiniera for the National Theatre, Prague (a role he repeated in the same production for La Monnaie in Brussels). He has also sung Ferrando for Opera Holland Park and Narraboth for the Hamburgische Staatsoper. In the summer of 2011 he semi-staged and sang Tamino in Die Zauberflöte for the Lucerne Festival with Daniel Harding conducting.
He will sing Tamino for the Royal Opera House and Don Ottavio for the Salzburger Festspiele, In concert he appears with the Swedish Radio Orchestra and the Bavarian Radio Symphony with Daniel Harding, the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Semyon Bychkov, the Wiener Philharmoniker with Simon Rattle and the Philadelphia Orchestra with Yannick Nézet-Séguin.
His new venture, Opera for Change, has the aim of taking Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte on tour to Africa. The idea behind it is to bring together international musicians and performers alongside local artists and communities, to jointly produce great shows that aim to inspire and transform lives. Staples plan is to take an articulated lorry and a couple of coaches containing a company of about 50 singers, musicians and crew on a route that stretches from Nairobi to Cape Town, covering 10 countries in total. The project has had high praise from the Telegraph Opera Critic Rupert Christiansen and will set off in 2013. Visit the Opera for Change website for more information: www.operaforchange.com (opens in a new window).
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