New Zealand born mezzo-soprano Bianca Andrew leaves our Opera Studio to join the ensemble at Oper Frankfurt in the 2019/20 season, during which she can be heard as a Musician in a new production of Manon Lescaut, Tebaldo in Don Carlo, Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Mercédès in Carmen and a Lady-in-Waiting in a new production of Henze's Der Prinz von Homburg. She enjoyed great success as Anna, Enrichetta di Francia and a Waitress in last season's new productions of Meyerbeer's L'Africaine, Bellini's I puritani and Schreker's Der ferne Klang / The Distant Sound, in Daphne and Rigoletto and in recital in the Holzfoyer. She won the Song Prize at the 2016 Kathleen Ferrier Awards. She sang Flamel (role debut) in Fantasio when she appeared at Garsington Opera for the first time in 2019 and made her debut at the Bregenz Festival in 2018, as Bernardo in Beatrice Cenci. After completing her studies in New Zealand Bianca Andrew joined the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, where roles included Handel's Radamisto, Laura (Iolanta) and Philomène (Martinů's Alexandre Bis). She returned to New Zealand Opera, where she began her career as an Emerging Artist, in 2017 for concert performances of Manon Lescaut.