Pelham Andrews

Bass

Management: Australasia

La Forza del Destino, State Opera of South Australia
“Pelham Andrews was perfectly suited to the role of Padre Guardiano, and his bass voice, which is already a fine instrument, is becoming silkier and silkier.”
The Barefoot Review, October 2013

“As Padre Guardiano, Pelham Andrews was magisterial and secure, his scenes with Melitone, John Bolton Wood, musically and dramatically effective.”
The Advertiser, October 2013

La Bohème,  State Opera of South Australia
“Pelham Andrews has a gorgeous bass of chocolaty texture and manages to make Colline entirely flesh and blood. No mean feat.”
The Adelaide Theatre Guide, July2012

La Damnation de Faust,  Victorian Opera
“Pelham Andrews was a dashing Méphistophélès, projecting and holding his character... His looks were in his favour, and his demon prince was by turns charming, taunting, sneering and wickedly triumphant.”
Opera Magazine,  May 2010

“Vocally he is a sinuous, cynical voluptuary.”
 The Age  February 2010

Bass Pelham Andrews trained in Australia, the UK and Germany, and is a graduate of the Cardiff International Academy of Voice and the Adelaide University. A former Young Artist of the State Opera of South Australia, Pelham has performed extensively with that company in the roles of Padre Guardiano (La forza del Destino), Colline (La Bohème), Nourabad (Les Pêcheurs de Perles), Lodovico (Otello), Zuniga (Carmen), Friedrich Bhaer (the Australian premiere of Mark Adamo’s Little Women), Count Ribbing (Un Ballo in Maschera), Jake Wallace (La Fanciulla del West), Count Ceprano (Rigoletto), the Stationmaster (Blake's The Station), the Mandarin (Turandot), and the Imperial Commissioner (Madama Butterfly). 

Pelham has sung Méphistophélès (La Damnation de Faust) and the King of Bambaras (Angelique) for Victorian Opera, and for Opera Australia he has appeared as Sparafucile and Monterone (Rigoletto), Lodovico (Otello), Zoroastro (Orlando), Baron Douphol (La Traviata), Speaker (The Magic Flute) and Second Mate (Billy Budd). He has also performed throughout Australia, Malaysia and Singapore with touring company Co-Opera, and won several awards including the McDonalds Operatic Aria. 

As a concert soloist, Pelham has performed with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria, Sydney Philharmonia, Australian Intervarsity Choral Festival, Melbourne Bach Choir, Auckland Choral Society, Napier Civic Choir and Manukau Symphony, as well as many smaller ensembles. His repertoire includes the Requiems of Mozart, Fauré and Verdi, Haydn Creation, Handel Messiah, Beethoven Symphony No 9, Mozart and Beethoven Masses, and Cantatas by Bach. He is also an accomplished and passionate interpreter of song repertoire. 

Last year Pelham returned to Opera Australia where his role and cover responsibilities included Timur (Turandot), Baron Douphol (Traviata), Flemish Deputy (Don Carlos), King (Aida), Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), and Masetto (Don Giovanni). In 2016 his engagements include singing the role of Farfarello and covering The King of Clubs in The Love for Three Oranges for Opera Australia and the role of Sciarrone in Tosca for State Opera of South Australia.

Pelham Andrews is managed by Graham Pushee: graham@artsmanagement.com.au
February 2016
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