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Andrew Greenan

Andrew Greenan was a Choral Scholar at St John’s College, Cambridge, where he read Modern Languages. He studied singing with John Cameron at the Royal Northern College of Music and made his operatic debut at La Scala, Milan in Schoenberg’s Die Glückliche Hand.  His fruitful career has taken him worldwide.  The possessor of a powerful bass-baritone voice encompassing roles from  the deep bass to the dramatic baritone repertoire, he is recognised for his consummate musicianship.

He has a comprehensive concert repertoire which ranges from Bach, via Handel, Beethoven, Puccini, Mendelssohn, Dvorak and Elgar, through to Mahler, then on to Walton and Tippett and beyond.  Highlights  include St Matthew Passion (RLPO, Guildford Cathedral), Mozart Requiem (Royal Festival Hall), Haydn Creation (Singapore Symphony Orchestra), Elgar Dream of Gerontius, Walton Belshazzar’s Feast and MendelssohnElijah, all at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, and Mahler 8th Symphony in Bridgewater Hall where he sang in Beethoven's Choral Symphony at the RNCM's 40th Anniversary Concert, subsequently also appearing in the Ninthwith Vasily Petrenko and the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain.

He has performed Verdi Requiem at virtually every major venue in the UK, including the Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, St Paul's Cathedral and Symphony Hall Birmingham, as well as from Dublin to Brussels to Stavanger – and most recently in the Chapel of King's College Cambridge. He has also been heard in Messiahin both Huddersfield and Singapore – taking in many of the venues in between!

His latest outings in the contemporary field have been his portrayal of Christ in James MacMillan's Since it was the Day of Preparation....with Vocal Synergy and the Hebrides Ensemble at the Amsterdam Muziekgebouw and the World Première of Ed Jones' Arctic Elegyat St Andrew's Cathedral Aberdeen, conducted by the Composer.

He has sung for many of the world’s great opera houses, including the Metropolitan Opera, New York (Heinrich Lohengrin with Auguin), Royal Opera House, Covent Garden (Swallow Peter Grimes with Mackerras, Pietro Simon Boccanegra with Solti, Crespel Les Contes d’Hoffmann with Hickox,Schwarz Die Meistersinger with Haitink, Landgraf Tannhäuser with Bychkov) and Hamburg State Opera (Swallow Peter Grimes), Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris (Waldner Arabella), Opéra National de Bordeaux (Rocco Fidelio and Arnolphe in Liebermann’s Die Schule der Frauen), La Monnaie, Brussels (Biterolf Tannhäuser), Lyon (Baburov Cheryomuschki), Genève (Kothner Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg and Klingsor Parsifal) and San Diego Opera (Biterolf Tannhäuser, Cecil Maria Stuarda and Ochs Der Rosenkavalier), Cape Town Opera (Ochs). His operatic appearances have also included King Marke Tristan und Isolde in Oviedo, Daland Der Fliegende Holländer, Doktor Wozzeck, Landgraf Tannhäuser, Ochs Der Rosenkavalier and Vodnik Rusalka in Nancy, Rocco Fidelio in Auckland, Nightwatchman (cover Hans Sachs) Die Meistersinger for San Francisco Opera and Zweite Gralsritter Parsifal for Seattle Opera, Bottom A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Torino, Abimelech Samson et Dalila for New Israeli Opera, Sarastro for the Wiener Volksoper, Vodnik Rusalka for the Wexford Festival, title role Falstaff for the Prague National Theatre and Superintendant Budd Albert Herring for the Opéra Comique, Paris.

Further engagements include Knight Parsifal at the BBC Proms with the Hallé Orchestra (Sir Mark Elder), Angelotti Tosca, Polizeikommissar Der Rosenkavalier and Priest/Old Convict Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk for Vlaamse Opera, Antwerp, Count Harasova The Jacobin for Buxton Festival, 1st Apprentice Wozzeck withBBC Scottish SO (Runnicles) and Hans Sachs in a concert performance of Die Meistersinger at Saffron Hall.

Andrew was a Company Principal at English National Opera for a five year period, where his many roles included Timur Turandot, Rocco Fidelio, Angelotti Tosca, Monterone/Sparafucile Rigoletto, Commendatore Don Giovanni, Sarastro, Hermit Der Freischütz, Gremin Eugene Onegin and Zaccaria Nabucco. Andrew has since returned to ENO for Titurel Parsifal. Further appearances have included Bonze Madama Butterfly for Opera North, King Aida at the Royal Albert Hall, 1st NazareneSalome for the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Ataliba Alzira with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (Elder), Sarastro Die Zauberflöte with Welsh National Opera, Arkel Pelléas et Melisande for Glyndebourne Touring Opera and Les Troyens with the LSO (Sir Colin Davis), Der Wirt in Schreker’s Die Schatzgräber for Netherlands Opera, Marti in Delius’ A Village Romeo and Julietfor Wexford Festival Opera, Belshazzar’s Feast in Liverpool, 1st Apprentice Wozzeck for ENO and Alberich Das Rheingold for Longborough Festival.

 Among operas performed in concert are 1st Nazarene Salome,Polizeikommissar Der Rosenkavalier (de Waart, Concertgebouw), Adhémar de Monteil Jérusalem (Concertgebouw), Gurnemanz Parsifal, Pogner Die Meistersinger and Wotan Das Rheingold and Die Walküre. Recordings include Bonze The Nightingale and Tiresias Oedipus Rex (Naxos) with Robert Craft and the Philharmonia and Premiere Sentinelle Les Troyens with Sir Colin Davis (LSO Live).

Recent and forthcoming engagements include Mozart Requiem at Royal Festival Hall, Don Fernando Fidelio with BBC Philharmonic (Juanjo Mena), 2nd Knight Parsifal with CBSO (Andris Nelsons), Verdi Requiem in the Chapel of King’s College Cambridge (David Hill) and Raimondo Lucia di Lammermoor at the Buxton Festival, 1st Soldier Salome for Bournemouth Symphony (Kiril Karabits), Commendatore Don Giovanni for Angers/Nantes Opera, as well as appearances as Wotan Die Walküreand Der Wanderer Siegfried at Saffron Hall, as part of Saffron Opera Group's ongoing RING cycle. 

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“(Andrew Greenan's) is a voice of the same magnificence and scale as John Tomlinson’s in its heyday, a sound both steady and lustrous...his is a Sachs of exceptional personality and interest; his winning nuances of vocal inflection were counterpointed by little gestures or sensitive facial changes that gave great subtlety to his assumption. Perhaps Otto Wiener achieved some of the same effect at Bayreuth in 1958, but he had not the sheer sonority of Andrew Greenan.”

Paul Dawson-Bowling, Wagner News (October 2014)

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