"Andrew Dickinson brings a compelling visceral energy to both his singing and acting."
British tenor Andrew Dickinson is making an impression at opera houses and concert halls across Europe 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 Vocal Competition at the Wigmore Hall and the UK’s Wagner Society competition in 2014.
At the Deutsche Oper Berlin, where he has been a member of the ensemble since 2016, he has already sung numerous roles, including Truffaldino in Prokofiev’s The Love for Three Oranges, Tamino in The Magic Flute, the four servants in Offenbach’s Les Contes d'Hoffmann, Novice in Britten’s Billy Budd and Da-Ud in Richard Strauss’ Die Ägyptische Helena. In the 2019/20 season he will interpret the roles of Hexe in Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel, and of Max in Wolfsschluct (a new work based on Die Freischutz), respectively.
In 2019/20 he also takes on the role of Pedrillo in Abduction of Seraglio with the Danish National Opera and continues his collaboration with the Muziektheater Transparant in Ivo van Hove’s production of Janáček's Diary of One Who Disappeared, which he first premiered at the Brooklyn Academy of the Arts in New York in April 2019.
His previous guest appearances have seen him as White Minister in Ligeti’s Le Grand Macabre (Elbphilharmonie Hamburg), Quint in Britten's Turn of the Screw and Flute in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Hyogo Performing Arts Center, Japan), Red Whiskers in Britten’s Billy Budd (Teatro dell’Opera di Roma), Kaufmann in Wolfgang Rihm’s Jakob Lenz (Mozarteum Salzburg), and Gerhard in H.K. Gruber’s Gloria – A Pigtail (Bregenz Festival). He has sung under conductors including Donald Runnicles, Robin Ticciati, James Conlon, Alan Gilbert, and Enrique Mazzola, as well as Vladimir Jurowski at the Glyndebourne Festival.
A welcome guest at concert halls across Europe, Andrew has performed Bach’s St. John Passion with Ensemble Resonanz (already planned for another production in 2020) in Hamburg, Handel’s Messiah at the Royal Festival Hall in London, St. Stephan’s Cathedral in Vienna, and the Liszt Academy in Budapest; Mozart’s Requiem at the Royal Albert Hall; and, most recently, Britten’s War Requiem at the Berlin Cathedral. Other recent engagements include Berlioz’s Grande Messe des Morts (Winchester Cathedral), Bach’s B Minor Mass (Bolzano), Men-delssohn’s Elijah (Amman, Jordan), and Bach’s St. Matthew Passion (Hanover). In May 2019, he also premiered his Die Schöne Müllerin project, accompanied by the pianist Jonathan Ware and with video design by Matthew Kvasnik, in his hometown of Liverpool, shortly followed by a performance of the project at Oranjewoud Festival in the Netherlands.
In addition to his opera and concert engagements, Andrew Dickinson is an enthusiastic producer of musical projects, with a focus on new concert formats and engaging new audiences. He devised the staged recital The Diary… and Other Stories, based on Janácek’s The Diary of the One Who Disappeared and featuring Czech instrumental and vocal music. He also produces concerts and operas with an emphasis on community outreach as part of the Rainhill Music Festival, a charity supporting young musicians in Liverpool.