"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), Aysligner in Leipzig Oper's Die Meistersinger von Nüremberg (Schirmer/Poutney), Leonard in Leipzig Oper’s new version of Carl Neilsen’s Maskarade (Zilias/Jung) and Janáček's The Diary of One Who Disappeared in Montpellier (first performed at BAM New York in April 2019 with 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).
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.
On the concert platform, 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 2022/23, Andrew returns to Hamburg Oper for further performances of Les Contes d'Hoffman as well as Heinrich der Schreiber in Tannhäuser (Nagano/Mundruczó). For Deutsche Oper Berlin, he reprises his 2022 debut of Die Lüge in Langgaard's Antikrist (Zilias/Mondtag) as well as Ser Toldo in Christoph Loy’s critically acclaimed production of Zandonai’s Francesa da Rimini. Andrew will also give a special performance of Britten’s War Requiem with Osnabrück Symphonieorchester.
Andrew is an enthusiastic Producer of formats to engage new audiences. During the recent Pandemic in October 2020, he curated a multi-genre project with UNITED WE STREAM, featuring a new exposition of Schubert's Schwanengesang, with over 40 Berlin based artists collaborating in support of the Beirut crisis in Lebanon. In May 2019, he premiered his Die Schöne Müllerin project, accompanied by the pianist Jonathan Ware and with video design by Matthew Kvasnik, premiering at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, followed by a European tour including the Oranjewoud Festival. He produces concerts and operas 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 based in Berlin) 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 Schools in the UK, focusing primarily on the foundations of a career in mainland Europe.