AUSTRALIAN BASS BARITONE
As a performer and educator Andrew O’Connor is versed in a wide variety of styles and genres. He is a core member of The Song Company singing year-round in subscription, festival, recital, recording, and education projects. Andrew also appears frequently with Sydney’s leading early and contemporary music ensembles including Pinchgut Opera, Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Bach Akademie Australia, Cantillation, Opera Australia, St Mary’s Cathedral Choir, and Hourglass Ensemble. He balances these ensemble commitments with an emerging career as a soloist.
His 2019 solo engagements include Telemann’s Thunder Ode with Pinchgut Opera, Christus in Arvo Pärt’s Passio, and two solo recitals for Hourglass Ensemble and The Song Company. Andrew also joins Pacific Opera as an Associate Artist for 2019.
His 2017-18 solo engagements included Bach’s Actus Tragicus and Handel’s Israel in Egypt with Bach Akademie Australia at the Canberra International Music Festival, Haydn’s Paukenmesse & Mozart’s Requiem for Collegium Musicum, excerpts from Massenet’s Thaïs in Brisbane & Sydney with Hourglass Ensemble, Arvo Pärt’s Passio & Monteverdi’s 1610 Vespers, Pilatus in Bach’s St John Passion, Bach’s Magnificat, Faure’s Requiem with both the Queensland Symphony Orchestra & The Song Company, and twice performing the role of Levite in Handel's Solomon in Sydney with the Leichhardt Espresso Chorus & St George's Cathedral Consort for broadcast on ABC Classic FM.
2018 ensemble engagements include The Song Company's Imagin'd Corners Season, a European Tour (Italy & Netherlands) with St Mary's Cathedral Choir, recording Katy Abbott's Hidden Thoughts with Syzygy Ensemble and The Song Company, performing in Brett Dean's Helpmann Award Winning Hamlet at the Adelaide Festival, performances of Frank Martin's Mass for Double Choir alongside four new Australian commissions in Sydney, Melbourne, and Canberra with Luminescence Chambers Singers and The Consort of Melbourne, his ongoing work with St Mary's Cathedral Choir, and Sydney-based concerts with Sydney Antiphony and The Choir of St James.
Other recent highlights include the world premiere performances of Margery Smith's White Shadows and Andrew Kennedy's Hourglass Beach at the Sydney Opera House with Hourglass Ensemble, performing Stravinsky’s Pribaoutki at the Canberra International Music Festival, and tours through Far-North Queensland and USA (New York & Washington DC) with The Australian Voices Six.
His operatic experience includes five years of main stage and regional touring with West Australian Opera (2010 – 2014) and a wide span of roles with independent companies. His complete roles include Caronte (L'Orfeo), Aeneas (Dido & Aeneas), Polyphemus (Acis & Galatea), Papageno (Die Zauberflöte), Figaro (Le Nozze di Figaro), Zeus (Orphée aux Enfers), Die Totengraber (Der Rose Pilgerfahrt), Pooh Bah (The Mikado) and he originated the roles of Bill (Dreamers of the Day) and Daniel (Plains of Promise). Performed scenes include Seneca (L'incoronazione di Poppea), Zurga (The Pearl Fishers), Zuniga (Carmen), Don Magnifico (La Cenerentola), Don Alfonso (Cosi Fan Tutte), Malatesta (Don Pasquale), Rigoletto (Rigoletto) and Superintendent Budd (Albert Herring).
On the concert platform he has been soloist in concert works by J.S Bach (Johannes-Passion, Matthaus-Passion, Magnificat, BWV4, BWV82, BWV106, BWV175, BWV182), Handel (Messiah, Saul, Solomon, Acis & Galatea), Charpentier, Schütz, Purcell, Haydn, Mozart, Rossini, Durufle, Faure, Stravinsky, Bernstein and more.
Andrew continues his work in music education and mentoring through The Song Company’s education programs, the award-winning Moorambilla Voices program, and the Perth Choral Institute. He previously held teaching positions at Christ Church Grammar School and John Septimus Roe Anglican Community School.
His non-classical singing experience includes performing the roles of Javert (Les Miserables), Miles Gloriosus (A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum), Rapunzel's Prince (Into the Woods), Tinman (The Wiz), Teen Angel (Grease) and singing in the Australian Premiere of Disney in Concert. Andrew was also a successful trumpet player in his formative years, and was Principal Trumpet of the West Australian Youth Symphonic Band.
Andrew O’Connor appears courtesy of The Song Company
Biography Current as of 24 January 2019