The young bass Andrew Robert Munn conquers the international opera and concert stages with an elegantly guided and warm voice. For the native Californian, who also gained recognition as a finalist at the 2019 Innsbruck Cesti Competition, several important debuts highlighted the previous season: In New York's Carnegie Hall and at Stanford University's Bing Concert Hall, he appeared as soloist in the world premiere of Zhou Long's scenic oratorio Men of Iron and the Golden Spike, followed by his first recital in Paris. Andrew also debuted with Deutsche Oper Berlin in Chaya Czernowin’s Heart Chamber and returned to Opera na Zamku in Szczecin and to the Opera Śląska in Bytom, where he will again take on the role of Inspector in Philip Glass' Trial in the fall of 2020. In summer 2020, he appears on stage at the Innsbruck Early Music Festival as Atrace in Melani’s L'empio punito.
After completing his studies at the famous Juilliard School in New York, the student of Dawn Upshaw and Sanford Sylvan moved to Berlin in 2018. During his first season in Europe, he appeared as Seneca in Monteverdi's L'incoronazione di Poppea, as Inspector and Uncle Albert in Philip Glass' The Trial (based on Kafka's novel of the same name) and as Sarastro in Mozart's Magic Flute. In 2019, he founded the duo+ and collaboration hub Chimera with long-time collaborator pianist Rami Sarieddine. They presented recitals in Abu Dhabi, Athens, Berlin, and Cyprus, performing repertoire including Purcell, Schubert, Wolf, Barber, and world premieres of works composed for the duo+ by Andys Skordis and Conrad Winslow.
In his commitment to new music projects, his musical passion and other very personal life themes intersect: The child of two classical archaeologists was born with a familiarity with ancient lyrics and the ability to reflect on social change. He gained intensive experience as an environmental activist from 2008 to 2014, when he helped organize the fight for climate policy in the coal mining areas of the Appalachian Mountains. In cooperation with composers of his generation, he is now working on these themes in his double role as soloist and librettist. For example, in collaboration with Nina C. Young, he created the opera Making Tellus as a meditation on the geological age of the Anthropocene. Nate May composed the scenic song cycle Dust in the Bottomland for him, which relates the American opioid crisis to ecological destruction. Together with Matthew Ricketts, he is working on bringing the second part of Miguel Cervantes' famous novel and its ingenious play with fictionality to the opera stage under the title Don Quixote2.
Before his leap across the Atlantic, Andrew was a 2018 Gerdine Young Artist at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, where he sang Doctor Grenvil in Verdi's La Traviata and Specialist Swanson in the world premiere of Huang Ruo's An American Soldier. 2017 saw his Lincoln Center debut with Juilliard Opera under the direction of Laurence Cummings in Handel's Agrippina. Additional operatic roles include Dr. Cajus and Falstaff in Die Lustigen Weiber von Windsor by Otto Nicolai; Rocco in Beethoven’s Fidelio, Gremin in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, The Lion in Oliver Knussen’s Higglety Pigglety Pop!, and Beethoven in the world stage premiere of Steven Stucky’s and Jeremy Denk’s The Classical Style.
In concert, Andrew has performed Mozart’s Requiem under the baton of Ádám Fischer, Haydn’s Die Schöpfung with the American Symphony Orchestra under Leon Botstein, Handel’s Messiah with Mr. Botstein’s The Orchestra Now, Rossini’s Stabat Mater with The Orchestra of the Triangle, and Jesus in Bach’s Johannes Passion with Cathedral of All Saints and Handel and Haydn Society. In 2018, he debuted at Merkin Concert Hall in New York Festival of Song's acclaimed program of politically inspired music, Protest! with pianist Steven Blier. He was a Vocal Fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center in 2017, where he was featured as a soloist in Bach's Liebster Jesu mein Verlangen conducted by John Harbison, excerpts from Heinrich Schütz's Symphoniae Sacrae, as well as in recital programs.
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