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Andrew Collis


Management: Australasia

Ruddigore, Opera Queensland
“Andrew Collis’ picture-come-to-life Sir Roderic, looked dashing in a kilt and owned the stage vocally in “When the night wind howls”
Peter Pinne, Stage Whispers, July 2017

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, operacritic.com, 14 February 2017

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

La Sonnambula, State Opera of South Australia
“..Andrew Collis matched this level with a rich timbre supported by a commanding presence on stage. He was brilliant in expressing deep longing and moral resolve, but also cunning persuasion…
Daniela Kaleva, Australian Stage Online, 26 July 2011

L’elisir D’amore, Opera Queensland
“Andrew Collis all but steals the show as the Doctor.”
Nigel Munro-Wallis, ABC Brisbane, 18 May 2010

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.


A regular guest with New Zealand Opera, Andrew has appeared as Bartolo in both The Marriage of Figaro and The Barber of Seville, Pooh Bah (The Mikado) and Don Magnifico in La Cenerentola for the company.


Andrew’s recent engagements include the role of Publio in La Clemeza di Tito for National Opera, Canberra,Opera Queensland’s Gala concert return to the stage; Das klagende Lied (Mahler) with the Sydney Symphony (Simone Young conducting); touring with the Barrie Kosky production of The Magic Flute (Perth, Adelaide and New Zealand Festivals); Verdi Requiem for Bleach Festival (Gold Coast); Poo Bah (The Mikado) and Don Pasquale (title role) for State Opera South Australia; Swallow (Peter Grimes ) for Brisbane Festival; Pritschitsch (The Merry Widow), Sir Roderic (Ruddigore) Commendatore (Don Giovanni), Colline (La bohème), Bonze (Madama Butterfly) and Dr Bartolo (The Barber of Seville) for Opera Queensland; Beethoven 9 with Adelaide Symphony Orchestra; Messiah with Queensland Symphony Orchestra; Nourabad in The Pearl Fishers, Simone in Gianni Schicchi and Basilio and Bartolo in The Marriage of Figaro, for West Australian Opera; Bonze in Madame Butterfly at Perth Festival; Henry Kissinger in Nixon in China for Auckland Arts Festival; Valens in Theodora for Pinchgut Opera (available on CD);  Haydn’s Harmoniemesse for Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, and St John Passion for both Sydney Philharmonia Choirs and for West Australian Symphony Orchestra.


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 also 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
February 2022
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