This season Andrew Garland returns to Seattle Opera as Harlekin in Ariadne auf Naxos. He has performed the role of Dandini with Opera Philadelphia and Fort Worth Opera, Mercurio (La Calisto) and the title role in Galileo Galilei (by Philip Glass) at Cincinnati Opera, Papageno at Boston Lyric Opera and Riolobo (Florencia en el Amazonas) and Schaunard (La Bohиme) at Seattle Opera.
Garland is widely recognized as a leader in recital work with dozens of performances around the country including Carnegie Hall with Warren Jones and programs of modern American songs all over the Unites States and in Canada. Mr. Jones, Marilyn Horne, Steven Blier and a number of American composers and major music publications all endorse him as a highly communicative singer leading the way for the song recital into the 21st Century.
He brings his highly communicative style to the concert stage with orchestras including the Atlanta Symphony, Boston Baroque, Albany Symphony, Boston Youth Symphony, National Philharmonic, Washington Master Chorale at the Kennedy Center and DCINY Orchestra at Lincoln Center.
He is a regular with the New York Festival of Song (NYFOS) and has given multiple recitals at Carnegie Hall, the Ravinia festival as well as Vocal Arts DC, Marilyn Horne Foundation, The Bard Festival, Andre-Turp Society in Montreal, Voce at Pace, Huntsville Chamber Music Guild, Fort Worth Opera, Seattle Opera, Fanfare in Hammond, LA, Cincinnati Matinee Musicale, Tuesday Morning Music Club and dozens of college music series around the country. In 2014 he was the featured recitalist for the NATS National convention where that organization’s president declared him “the next Thomas Hampson.”
His latest solo CD American Portraits (with Donna Loewy, piano) went to #1 on Amazon classical. Garland four other recordings on the Telarc, Naxos, GPR and Azica Labels.
In past seasons Garland has portrayed Rossini’s Figaro with Dayton Opera, Knoxville Opera and Cincinnati Opera (cover), Schaunard at Boston Lyric Opera, Opera Saratoga, Atlanta Opera and Dayton Opera; Ping (Turandot) at Arizona Opera, Silvio (I Pagliacci) with Hawaii Opera Theater, Don Giovanni at Opera New Jersey, Mozart’s Count at Dayton Opera, Guglielmo at Opera Saratoga, Mercutio at Lyric Opera of San Antonio and Annapolis Opera, Giuseppe (The Gondoliers) with Utah Opera and Danilo with Sarasota Artist Concert Series.
Other concert performances include Handel’s Messiah with Boston Baroque, UMS (Ann Arbor, MI), Dartmouth Handel Society (Helmuth Rilling, conductor) and the Colorado Bach Ensemble. He has also performed Carmina Burana, Ein Deutches Requiem, Five Mystical Songs, Faure Requiem, Durufle Requiem, and a number of new and world premiere works for orchestra.
Particularly suited for baroque repertoire, Garland has sung numerous performances with Boston Baroque and the Colorado Bach Ensemble, sang in Cincinnati Opera’s first Baroque production (La Calisto). He has also soloed with Emmanuel Music in Boston.
Garland is the winner of the Lavinia Jensen, NATSAA, Washington International, American Traditions, NATS and Opera Columbus Competition and was a prize winner in the Montreal International, Jose Iturbi, Gerda Lissner, McCammon and Palm Beach International Competitions. He was an apprentice at the San Francisco Opera Center and the Seattle Opera and Cincinnati Opera Young Artists programs. He has studied at the Steans Institute and is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. His teachers and coaches have included Paulina Stark, Jon Humphrey, Oren Brown, William McGraw, Penelope Bitzas, Elizabeth Mannion, Martin Katz, Margo Garrett, Steven Blier, Donna Loewy, Kenneth Griffiths and Terry Lusk.