"Andrew Dickinson brings a compelling visceral energy to both his singing and acting."
Andrew Dickinson is making an impression at opera houses and concert halls world-wide 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 Competition at the Wigmore Hall and the UK Wagner Society Award in 2014/15.
At Deutsche Oper Berlin (Ensemble from 2016 - 2023) he has sung a plethora of roles, including Truffaldino in Prokofiev’s The Love for Three Oranges, Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, Hexe in Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel, Flute in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Novice in Britten’s Billy Budd and Da-Ud in Strauss’ Die Ägyptische Helena.
Andrew's recent premieres include Four Servants in Hamburg Oper's Les Contes d'Hoffman (Nagano/Pasca), Die Lüge in Ersan Mondtag's award winning production at Deutsche Oper Berlin of Langgaard's Antikrist (Zilias/Mondtag), Heinrich der Schreiber in Tannhäuser (Nagano/Mundruczó) and Janáček's The Diary of One Who Disappeared at BAM New York (Musiektheater Transparant/Ivo Van Hove). Andrew recently worked with Hamburg Ballet/John Neumeier in a Beethoven inspired production, singing Beethoven’s Christ on the Mount of Olives (Neumaier/Nagano). He also sang Britten’s War Requiem with Osnabrück Symphonieorchester in May 2023.
Other notable appearances include White Minister in Ligeti’s Le Grand Macabre (Elbphilharmonie Hamburg), Pedrillo in The Abduction of the Seraglio (Danish National Opera), Junger Diener in Dmitri Tcherniakov's new production of Elektra (Hamburg Oper), Red Whiskers in Billy Budd (Teatro dell’Opera di Roma), Spoletta in Tosca (Hamburg Oper), Quint in The Turn of the Screw (Bury Court Opera), Flute in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Hyogo PAC, Japan), Kaufmann in Jakob Lenz (Mozarteum Salzburg), and Gerhard in H.K. Gruber’s Gloria – A Pigtail (Bregenz Festival). He has sung under conductors including Kent Nagano, Sir Donald Runnicles, Yutaka Sado, Ulf Schirmer, Robin Ticciati, James Conlon, Alan Gilbert and Enrique Mazzola.
Andrew has performed Handel’s Messiah (Royal Festival Hall London, St. Stephan’s Cathedral Vienna, Liszt Academy Budapest), Mozart’s Requiem (Royal Albert Hall London), Bach’s St. John Passion (Ensemble Resonanz Hamburg) and Britten’s War Requiem (Berliner Dom). Other engagements include Berlioz’s Grande Messe des Morts (Winchester Cathedral), Bach’s B Minor Mass (Bolzano), Mendelssohn’s Elijah (Amman) and Bach’s St. Matthew Passion (Hannover).
In 2023/24, Andrew's highlights include Frere Elie in a new production of Messiaen's St. Francois d'Asisse (Denlon/Nagano) at the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Der Schäbige in Hamburg Oper's Lady Macbeth of Mtzensk and Tschaplitskij in Deutsche Oper's new production of Pique Dame.
Andrew is a Producer of formats to engage new audiences. During the Pandemic in October 2020, he curated a multi-genre project with UNITED WE STREAM, featuring a new exposition of Schubert's Schwanengesang, with 40 Berlin based artists collaborating in support of the Beirut crisis. He produces with an emphasis on community outreach and education, both in Germany and further afield. As Director, he conceived Puccini’s La Boheme in July 2018, performing in a giant brewery space in Berlin, which featured the Straßenchor, a homeless choir who learned the chorus parts over a 6 month period. He also recently worked with Berlin Opera Academy in 2022, Directing performances of Hänsel und Gretel at Alte Münze.
Andrew was award ARAM in 2018 from the Royal Academy of Music. He is a regular guest lecturer at Music Conservatoires, focusing primarily on the foundations of a career in mainland Europe.