Andrew Erasmus

Andrew Erasmus, Baritone

Pacific Opera Victoria
First Priest / Second Armed Guard in The Magic Flute

February, 2017


Andrew has had a long association with Pacific Opera Victoria, appearing in 19 productions with the company to date. He debuted with POV in 2005 as a boy soprano playing the Shepherd Boy in Tosca. He joined the POV chorus in 2008 and performed the Lackey in Ariadne auf Naxos, the jailer in Tosca, the First Apparition in Macbeth,and Antonio in The Marriage of Figaro. In 2015 he took on the role of the Imperial Commissioner in Madama Butterfly. During 2016, he was the Sergeant in POV's production of The Barber of Seville and returned as Starveling in Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream.. He performs the Second Priest / Armed Guard in the 2017 production of Mozart's The Magic Flute

Opera credits include two world premières: Gavin Bryars' Marilyn Forever with Aventa Ensemble and George Stoner in the 2012 concert preview of Tobin Stokes' Rattenbury. In spring 2017 Andrew plays Figaro in the Victoria Conservatory of Music Opera Studio production of The Marriage of Figaro; appears with the Victoria Baroque Players as the bass soloist and Pilate in Bach's St. John Passion ; and is the bass soloist in Handel's Joshua with the Victoria Choral Society.

Concert appearances include Monteverdi's Vespers with the Victoria Philharmonic Choir; Bach's St. John Passion and Telemann's Die Tageszeiten with the Victoria Baroque Players, and Bach's Magnificat during the Royal and McPherson Theatres Centennial celebration. His concert work has also included Bach's Cantatas 82 and 100; Messiah, Judas Maccabaeus, Athalia, and Jephtha, by Handel; Corrette's Laudate Dominum.

Andrew studies voice with Ingrid Attrot and Nancy Argenta at the Victoria Conservatory of Music. He won the 2013 Rose Bowl Award at the Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival and received an Encouragement Award and People's Choice Award at the 2016 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Western Canada District. 

In September 2017, he begins his Master's degree at Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.


 

Andrew Erasmus performs three songs from Schumann's Song Cycle Dichterliebe
Wenn ich in deine Augen seh
Ich will meine Seele tauchen
Im Rhein, im heiligen Strome

Csinszka Rédai accompanies on piano.


 

December, 2016