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Andrew Collis

Bass-Baritone

Management: Australasia

Gilbert & Sullivan:  The Mikado, New Zealand Opera, Auckland 
"...Andrew Collis's Poo Bah is a particular standout, solid in voice and suavely interpreted" .
Michael Sinclair, The operacritic.com 14 February 2017

Nick Shadow, The Rake’s Progress , Victorian Opera
“Andrew Collis was a commanding Nick Shadow, cajoling Tom Rakewell by pandering to his every wish. His persuasively strong characterisation and intelligible pronunciation initially suggested a confident rather than sinister force”.
Peter Burch, The Australian, 20 March 2012

The Trial of the Cannibal Dog, NZIFA, Opera House Wellington
“Andrew Collis gave an effortless performance, eloquently depicting the flawed, heroic Cook.”
National Business Review  14 March 2008

Beethoven 9th Symphony, West Australian Symphony Orchestra
"…Andrew Collis was in impressively resonant voice, bringing a sense of occasion to everything he sang."
Neville Cohn    The West Australian November 2003

Australian bass-baritone Andrew Collis was a member of the Cologne Opera from 1993 to 2007. He has also performed with opera companies in Berlin, Dortmund, Düsseldorf, Essen, Frankfurt, Mannheim and Wiesbaden and in concerts in Bonn, Strasbourg, Stuttgart, and Cologne with James Conlon, including his participation in the award-winning recording of Zemlinsky's Der Zwerg for EMI. 

Andrew’s international performances have included appearances at the Vienna Festival in Luigi Nono's Intolleranza; Hong Kong Festival in Tosca and Un Ballo in Maschera; Perth Festival as soloist with the Prague Chamber Orchestra; the roles of Colline (La bohème) and Hobson (Peter Grimes) for San Diego Opera; performances in the Lyric Opera of Singapore's production of Die Zauberflöte; and St John Passion in the Canary Islands. 

Andrew’s recent engagements include Simone in Gianni Schicchi and Basilio and Bartolo in The Marriage of Figaro, for West Australian Opera; Bonze in Madame Butterfly at Perth Festival, Colline in La bohème, Bonze in Madama Butterfly and Dr Bartolo in The Barber of Seville for Opera Queensland; Don Magnifico in La Cenerentola for NBR New Zealand Opera; Henry Kissinger in Nixon in China for Auckland Arts Festival, Valens in Theodora for Pinchgut Opera;  Haydn’s Harmoniemesse for Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, and St John Passion for both Sydney Philharmonia Choirs and for West Australian Symphony Orchestra.  In 2017, Andrew performs the role of Pooh Bah in The Mikado with the NBR New Zealand Opera, Messiah with Queensland Symphony Orchestra, and returns to Opera Queensland to perform Nourabad in The Pearl Fishers and Sir Roderic in Ruddigore. 

Andrew has an extensive list of concert and oratorio performances to his credit, including St. Matthew Passion, St. John Passion, Magnificat, Coffee Cantata and Mass in B minor of Bach, Messiah, Samson and Semele by Handel, Die Schöpfung, Stabat Mater and Masses by Haydn, Beethoven’s Symphony no. 9 and Missa Solemnis, Mozart’s Requiem and Mendelssohn’s Erste Walpurgis Nacht, with orchestras including the Adelaide, Melbourne, Tasmanian and West Australian Symphony orchestras, and at the Perth and New Zealand International Arts Festivals.

On the opera stage in Australia, he has performed Friar Laurence (Roméo et Juliette), Dr Kolenatý (The Makropulos Affair) and Mr Flint (Billy Budd) for Opera Australia; the title roles in Don Pasquale and Le Nozze di Figaro, Ashby (La Fanciulla del West), Angelotti (Tosca), Dr Dulcamara (L’Elisir D’amore), Doctor Grenvil (La Traviata), Monterone (Rigoletto), Colline (La bohème), Frank (Die Fledermaus), Zaccaria (Nabucco), Basilio (Il Barbiere di Siviglia), Achilla (Giulio Cesare) and Zuniga (Carmen) for Opera Queensland; Count Rodolfo (La Sonnambula), Friar Laurence, Sarastro (Die Zauberflöte) and Swallow (Peter Grimes) for West Australian Opera; Speaker (The Magic Flute), Luka (The Bear), Leporello (Don Giovanni) and Duke Bluebeard (Bluebeard’s Castle) for Victorian Opera; Count Rodolfo, Crespel/Luther/Spalanzani (The Tales of Hoffmann) and Fasolt (Das Rheingold on Melba Recordings) for State Opera of South Australia.

Andrew Collis is managed by Graham Pushee: graham@artsmanagement.com.au
March 2017
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