British operatic baritone Andrew Ashwin is one of the
most successful singers of his generation, having performed in a number of
European countries on both the operatic and concert stage.
Career highlights include singing the title role in the
Austrian premiere of Benjamin Britten’s Owen
Wingrave, to high critical acclaim. Other ventures into the Britten
repertoire include Junius in a new production of The Rape of Lucretia with the Frankfurt Opera, Mackheath in The Beggar’s Opera in Zurich, and
Novice’s Friend/First Mate in Billy Budd
In 2012 Andrew performed Morales at the Vlaamse Opera and sang concerts and operas in Mexico City, including the title role on Les Malheurs d'Orphee, Billy in Mahagonny Songspiel, and Bach's solo Cantata Ich habe genug.
In 2011 Andrew enjoyed a busy season, which included the
title role in Don Giovanni at the
Lismore Festival, Danilo in La Veuve Joyeuse
with Les Folies Lyriques in Montpellier, Sharpless in Madama Butterfly with Grange Park Opera, Dr Malatesta with Opera
Theatre Company, Ireland, and Schaunard in La
Bohème in Dessau, Germany.
Other operatic outings include Ercole/Oreste in Cavalli’s
Il Giasone with Vlaamse Opera,
Belgium, Maximillian in Bernstein’s Candide,
also at Vlaamse Opera, Mercutio in Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette with Opera Ireland,
Angelotti in Tosca, also with Opera
Ireland, and Guglielmo in a tour of Cosi
fan tutte in Switzerland and southern Germany. Andrew also sang
Svegliato/Notaro in Paisiello’s Il
Barbiere di Siviglia in Zurich, as well as Perückenmacher in Ariadne auf Naxos in both Zurich and
Berlin. He has also taken part in a number of high-profile gala concerts, singing
operatic excerpts spanning all genres.
From 2008 to 2009 Andrew was an ensemble member of the
Deutsche Oper, Berlin, where he sang many roles including Morales, Marullo,
Marchese d’Obigny, Le Mouton (in the German premiere of Respighi’s Marie Victoire) and Papageno for a
children’s production of Die Zauberflöte.
Outside of Europe Andrew has sung in gala concerts in Singapore,
Thailand and Malaysia, and in Summer 2012 he sang the title role in Darius
Milhaud’s Les Malheurs d’Orfée in Mexico. He returned to Mexico City twice more in 2012 to sing Bach's solo Cantata Ich habe genug and Ravel's Don Quichotte songs.
Andrew is equally at home on the oratorio and recital
circuit. He has sung much of the oratorio repertoire, particularly that of
Handel, Bach, Mozart and Haydn. Notable highlights include Vaughan William’s A Sea Symphony at The Sage Centre,
Gateshead, Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem
in Durham Cathedral, and Bach’s Magnificat
in Cadogan Hall, London.
As a recitalist Andrew has explored songs of the English,
German and French tradition in detail, and has also undertaken the larger-scale
works in concert, such as Schumann’s Dichterliebe,
Schubert’s Winterreise, Beethoven’s An die ferne Geliebte, and numerous English
As a child in Newcastle, Andrew discovered music through
piano and trombone lessons, before finding his voice in his late teens. He went
on to study music at The University of Birmingham, and was a post-graduate
student at the Royal College of Music in London. He attained the distinguished
LRSM (Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music) diploma with distinction in
2004, and a further post-graduate diploma at the Vlaamse Opera Studio in Gent,
Belgium. His final two years as a student were spent at the Zurich
International Opera Studio.
Andrew now lives with his wife and family in
Leicestershire, and is a keen triathlete and painter of acrylic abstract art.