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Bianca Andrew

Mezzo-soprano

Bianca Andrew
© Barbara Aumüller

New Zealand born mezzo-soprano Bianca Andrew left Oper Frankfurt's Opera Studio to join the ensemble in 2019/20. During the 2022/23 season you can hear her in the title roles of La Cenerentola and Xerxes, as Hänsel in Hänsel und Gretel, Aurelia in the world premiere of Vito Žuraj's Bluhen / Blossoming, 5th Maid in a new production of Elektra and Suzuki in last season's new production of Madama Butterfly.  Last season she sang Laura in Tchaikovsky's Iolanta and Adalgesa, the Tsarina & Dimitri in Loy productions of NormaThe Night before Christmas and Fedora. When the theatre started opening again the previous season she sang in Pergolesi's Stabat Mater and Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro. Other roles for the company have included a Musician and Alkandre in new productions of Manon Lescaut and Fauré's Pénélope, Tebaldo in Don Carlo and Mercédès in Carmen . She also enjoyed great success as Anna, Enrichetta di Francia and a Waitress in recent new productions of Meyerbeer's L'Africaine, Bellini's I puritani and Schreker's Der ferne Klang / The Distant Sound, (available on CD - OehmsClassics) in DaphneRigoletto and in recital in the Holzfoyer. She won the Song Prize at the 2016 Kathleen Ferrier Awards and the 2021 Anny Schlemm Prize. She sang Flamel (role debut) in Fantasio when she appeared at Garsington Opera for the first time in 2019 and Beatrice in Beatrice Cenci when making her debut at the Bregenz Festival in 2018. After studying in New Zealand Bianca Andrew joined the Guildhall School of Music &  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.