Sunday, September 28, 2008

Andrew Finden - baritone - Guildhall School of Music

Originally from Warwick in South-East Queensland, Andrew has completed studies at the University of Southern Queensland and the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, recieving numerous scholarships and awards.

About to begin his second year on the Opera Course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama under the tutelage of Robert Dean, Andrew is supported by the Worshipful Company of Curriers, the Hazell Scholarship, the Margery and Frederick Stephen Wright Eisinger Bursary.

During his studies Andrew has performed Macheath (Gay's The Beggar's Opera), Billy Bigelow (Roger's Carousel), Ernesto (Haydn's Il mondo della luna), David (Baber's Hand of Bridge), Dr Gregg (Moore's Gallantry), Ben (Menotti's The Telephone) Masino (Haydn's La vera costanza), Faure's Requiem, Britten's Canticle IV: Journey of the Magi, Haydn's Creation, Mendelssohn's Elijah, and Vaughan Williams' Five Mystical Songs.

Andrew has been a finalist in the Australian Singing Competition Mathy Awards, winning the Nelly Apt Scholarship. He is also a recipient of the Sydney de Vries Memorial Award for Baritone in the City of Sydney Eisteddfod, and placed third in the Australian National Aria Competition. Andrew has performed in Masterclasses with Michael Lewis, Mary King, John Mark Ainsley, Håkan Hagegård, Joan Dornemann and Thomas Hampson.

Recently Andrew performed as soloist in Alisdair Nicholson's Two Sisters, A Rose, A Flood and Snow with the London Symphony Orchestra in the Barbican Hall, and performed the role of Mr Brooke in the Israeli premiere of the contemporary American opera Little Women by Mark Adamo.

Andrew's plans include Vertigo (Gluck's Le Recontre Improvue) and English Archer (Sallinen's The King Goes forth to France), both for the GSMD. Andrew will also be joining the All Souls' Orchestra on their Scotland tour of Prom Praise Concerts, and covering the role of Steward for British Youth Opera's production of the contemporary British opera Flight by Jonathan Dove.

Andrew is also a keen photographer, and his work can be seen at findography.

UPDATE September 2008

I've started my second and final year on the opera course at the Guildhall, where this term we are performing Gluck's La rencontre imprévue, which is a "rescue" opera in the same vein as Mozart's Entführung.

It contains a lot of french dialogue which is proving quite a challenge!

I had the wonderful opportunity to spend a month on the International Vocal Arts Institute summer program in Tel Aviv, thanks to the Nelly Apt prize from the Mathy Awards.

I got to work with some amazing coaches from the US, and also work with Håkan Hagegård and Thomas Hampson.

I sang the role of Mr Brooke in Mark Adamo's opera of Little Women, and it was a pleasure to work with Mark himself. Also this summer, I had a great time covering the Steward in Jonathan Dove's opera Flight for British Youth Opera.

To be able to work on two of the most successful and popular contemporary operas in the one summer was a great opportunity.

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Phone: +44 7 858 139 837