ANDREW HARRIS

ANDREW HARRIS


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Andrew Harris’s fine basso-profundo qualities continue to impress audiences in both Europe and America. Approaching his ninth-season with Deutsche Oper Berlin, he continues to add both standard and contemporary roles throughout the bass repertoire.

Recent and upcoming: In the spring of 2018 Andrew Harris was The Sodbuster in Missy Mazzoli's world-première of Proving Up with Opera Omaha along with a reprise in New York City in the fall of 2018 and made his Santa Fe Opera debut as Edward Teller in Doctor Atomic that season. He was Fafner with the Moscow Philharmonic and was to reprise that role with the London Philharmonic before COVID under the baton of Valdimir Jurowski. He recently made his La Scala debut as the Fifth Jew in Salome and was invited back to sing the roles of Mutter/Jimmy in Die Sieben Todsünden/Songspiel Mahagonny with Riccardo Chailly conducting. He reprises his role in Proving Up with Lyric Opera of Chicago's Unlimited series in 2022. He returns to the Bayerische Staatsoper in June of 2022 to sing the role of Vater Rangier in a new production of Penderewski’s Die Teufel von Loudun, as well as Sam in Un ballo in maschera.

Assignments at Deutsche Oper have included Roger Mortimer, Edward II; Titurel, Parsifal; Don Basillio, Il barbiere di Siviglia; Tom, Un ballo in maschera; Masetto, Don Giovanni; Marcel, Les Huguenots; Don Diégo, Vasco da Gama; Fasolt, Das Rheingold; Fafner, Das Rheingold/Siegfried; Hunding, Die Walküre; Steffano Colonna, Rienzi; Timur, Turandot; Hector, Les Troyens; Il Re, Aida; Collatinus, The Rape of Lucretia; Titurel, Parsifal; Il Frate, Don Carlo; Doktor, Wozzeck; La Cuisinière/Le Roi, L’Amour des Trois Oranges; Pistol, Falstaff. Mr. Harris made his Bayerische Staatsoper debut as Plutone in Monetverdi's L'Orfeo during their Festspiel and he made his Den Norske Opera debut in the dual roles of Tempo and Nettuno in Il Ritorno d'Ulisse in Patria, which he reprised with the Innsbrucker Festwochen der Alten Musik.


Mr. Harris Holds a Master of Piano Performance from West Virginia University, as well as degrees in Voice from DePauw University, The University of Michigan, and Roosevelt University. Mr. Harris won the Central Regional Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions advancing him to the National Semi-Finals on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera in 2010. He participated as a semi-finalist in the Neue Stimmen competition in Germany in 2011 and won first-prize in a major grant from the Union League of Chicago in 2012. He apprenticed with The Santa Fe Opera, Central City Opera, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Opera North (New Hampshire), Chicago Opera Theatre, The Lyric Opera of Kansas City, as well as Deutsche Oper Berlin as a recipient of the Opera Foundation Inc. Scholarship.   


Reviews


Proving Up - Opera Omaha/Miller Theater

"Andrew Harris, a young Berlin-based singer with a striking black-toned bass, provided the stuff of nightmares with his turn as a supernatural apparition known as the Sodbuster." — Alex Ross, The New Yorker


"The Sod­buster, sung with riv­et­ing au­thor­ity by An­drew Har­ris, oc­ca­sionally segues from his low­est bass reg­is­ter into falsetto and back again; his ap­pear­ance is ac­com­pa­nied by creepy har­mon­ica lines, played by the dead daugh­ters as well as in­stru­mental­ists." 

— Heidi Waleson, The Wall Street Journal

L'Orfeo -- Bayerische Staatsopera

" Amongst the other singers, foremost mention goes to Andrew Harris as the Lord of the Underworld. With his metallic, droning bass and his awkward gestures, he gave us a terrifying, abhorrent Pluto." 

— Benedikt Zacher, backtrackr


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