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Andrew Dickinson brings a compelling visceral energy to both his singing and acting.
British tenor Andrew Dickinson is making an impression at opera houses and concert halls across Europe with his charismatic stage presence and sensitive musicality. Born in Liverpool, he completed his studies at the Royal Academy Opera School in 2011. During his training he won a number of competitions, including the Maureen Lehane Vocal Competition at the Wigmore Hall and the UK’s Wagner Society competition in 2014.
At the Deutsche Oper Berlin, where he has been a member of the ensemble since 2016, he has already sung numerous roles, including Truffaldino in Prokofiev’s The Love for Three Oranges, Tamino in The Tale of the Magic Flute, the four servants in Offenbach’s Les Contes d'Hoffmann, novice in Britten’s Billy Budd and Da-Ud in Richard Strauss’ Die Ägyptische Helena. In the 2019/20 season he will interpret the roles of Hexe in Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel, and of Max in Malte Giesen’s Wolfsschlucht (based on Weber’s Freischütz).
In 2019/20 he also takes on the role of Pedrillo in Abduction of Seraglio with the Danish National Opera and continues his collaboration with the Muziektheater Transparant in Ivo van Hove’s production of Janáček's Diary of One Who Disappeared, which he first premiered at the Brooklyn Academy of the Arts in New York in April 2019.
His previous guest appearances have seen him as White Minister in Ligeti’s Le Grand Macabre (Elbphilharmonie Hamburg), Quint in Britten's Turn of the Screw and Flute in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Hyogo Performing Arts Center, Japan), Red Whiskers in Britten’s Billy Budd (Teatro dell’Opera di Roma), Kaufmann in Wolfgang Rihm’s Jakob Lenz (Mozarteum Salzburg), and Gerhard in H.K. Gruber’s Gloria – A Pigtail (Bregenz Festival). He has sung under conductors including Donald Runnicles, Robin Ticciati, James Conlon, Alan Gilbert, and Enrique Mazzola, as well as Vladimir Jurowski at the Glyndebourne Festival.
A welcome guest at concert halls across Europe, the tenor has performed Bach’s St. John Passion with Ensemble Resonanz (which is already planned for another production in 2020) in Hamburg, Handel’s Messiah at the Royal Festival Hall in London, St. Stephan’s Cathedral in Vienna, and the Liszt Academy in Budapest; Mozart’s Requiem at the Royal Albert Hall; and, most recently, Britten’s War Requiem at the Berlin Cathedral. Other recent engagements include Berlioz’s Grande Messe des Morts (Winchester Cathedral), Bach’s B Minor Mass (Bolzano), Mendelssohn’s Elijah (Amman, Jordan), and Bach’s St. Matthew Passion (Hanover). In May 2019, he also premiered his Die Schöne Müllerin project, accompanied by the pianist Jonathan Ware and with video design by Matthew Kvasnik, in his hometown of Liverpool, shortly followed by a performance of the project at Oranjewoud Festival in the Netherlands.
In addition to his opera and concert engagements, Andrew Dickinson is an enthusiastic producer of musical projects, with a focus on new concert formats and engaging new audiences. He devised the staged recital The Diary… and Other Stories, based on Janácek’s The Diary of the One Who Disappeared and featuring Czech instrumental and vocal music. He also produces concerts and operas with an emphasis on community outreach as part of the Rainhill Music Festival, a charity supporting young musicians in Liverpool.
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Tenor Andrew Dickinson was able to express well Janiček’s doubts and guilt, his yearning for a new start.
Bachtrack, Von Edward Sava-Segal, 8 April 2019
Actor Wim van der Grijn portrays the conflicted and consumed older man, while the stunning tenor vocals of Andrew Dickinson offset the enchanting, captivating voice of mezzo-soprano Marie Hamard...
Stagebiz, Cindy Sibilsky, 11 April 2019
Andrew Dickinson gave a very youthful and bright Da-Ud with a beautiful clear Timbre.
The Opera Musicologist Berlin, Daniel Url, March 2016
As Lakmé’s loyal servant, Hadji, Andrew Dickinson sympathetically sheltered the wounded Gérald in the forest, and sang his Act 3 aria with a true, lyrical line.
Opera Today, C. Seymour, July 2015
Andrew Dickinson brought a compelling visceral energy to both his singing and acting, and his transition from wide-eyed innocent to delusional inmate was harrowingly convincing.
Opera Magazine, Yehuda Shapiro, March 2015
Tom Rakewell is a big sing, but Dickinson proves he has the range and stamina, and subtly alters his character as he goes from country bumpkin to seasoned Londoner.
British Theatre Guide, L. Lewis, March 2015
An effortlessly assured cast is headed by Andrew Dickinson's wide-eyed, Candide-like Tom Rakewell. The young tenor, a master of stuttering movements and Edward Norton-esque bafflement, has light but well-supported vocal resources that are capable of surprising bursts of power.
What's On Stage, M. Valencia, March 2015
Andrew Dickinson is a young tenor with a strong stage personality and bold ambition.
The Telegraph, Rupert Christiansen, November 2013
|B. BRITTEN||Billy Budd||Novice|
|Midsummer Night's Dream||Flute|
|Death in Venice||Aschenbach|
|Turn of the Screw||Peter Quint *|
|Peter Grimes||Bob Boles *|
|H. K. GRUBER||Gloria - A Pigtale||Gerhard|
|L. JANACEK||Jenufa||Steva *|
|Katya Kabanova||Kudriash *|
|R. LEONCAVALLO||I Pagliacci||Beppe|
|G. MEYERBEER||Les Huguenots||Cosse|
|W.A. MOZART||Così fan tutte||Ferrando|
|The Magic Flute||Tamino *|
|Die Entführung aus dem Serail||Pedrillo *|
|Don Giovannni||Don Ottavio *|
|S. PROKOFIEV||LAmour des trois oranges||Truffaldino|
|W. RIHM||Jakob Lenz||Kaufmann|
|R. STRAUSS||Salome||3rd Jew|
|Die Liebe der Danae||Pollux|
|I. STRAVINSKY||The Rakes Progress||Tom Rakewell|
|P. I.TCHAIKOVSKY||Eugen Onegin||Lenski|
|R. WAGNER||Rheingold||Loge *|
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|J. S. BACH||BWV 244 St Matthew Passion|
|BWV 245 St John Passion|
|BWV 248 Christmas Oratorio|
|BWV 232 Mass in B minor|
|BWV 243 Magnificat|
|L. V. BEETHOVEN||Mass in C Major|
|H. BERLIOZ||Grande Messe des Morts|
|B. BRITTEN||War Requiem|
|St. Nicholas Cantata|
|E. ELGAR||The Apostles|
|The Light of Life|
|G. F. HANDEL||Messiah (English)|
|J. HAYDN||Nelson Mass|
|F. MENDELSSOHN||Elijah (English)|
|St Paul (English)|
|W. A. MOZART||Requiem|
|G. ROSSINI||Stabat Mater|
|Petite Messe solennelle|
|R. SCHUMANN||Das Paradies und die Peri|
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