Andrew O’Connor was born in Perth, and graduated from the University of Western Australia (BMus) before developing a successful teaching career and performing both around Australia and internationally in opera and vocal chamber music. He relocated to Sydney in 2015 to join The Song Company, Australia's leading vocal ensemble – performing across the country in subscription, festival, recording, education, and collaborative projects.
His 2017-18 solo engagements include Bach BWV 106 Actus Tragicus and Handel Israel in Egypt with Bach Akademie Australia at the Canberra International Music Festival, Fauré Requiem with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, performing excerpts from Massenet’s Thaïs in Sydney and Brisbane with Hourglass Ensemble, Arvo Pärt Passio with Song Company and Omega Ensemble, Monteverdi 1610 Vespers with Song Company and Orchestra of the Antipodes, Bach Magnificat with St Mary's Cathedral Choir, Bach St John Passion in City Recital Hall with the Choir of St James, Mozart Requiem and Haydn Paukenmesse for Collegium Musicum, and twice performing the role of Levite in Handel's Solomon in Sydney with the Leichhardt Espresso Chorus and in the Perth Concert Hall with 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 solo 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 music of Luciano Berio with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, performing the role of Caronte in Monteverdi's L'Orfeo for ANU, performing Polyphemus in Handel's Acis & Galatea for Black Swan Baroque, Papageno in Mozart's Die Zauberflote for Perth Lyric Opera, and performances across far North Queensland and U.S. (New York and Washington DC) with The Australian Voices Six.
His operatic experience includes five years of main stage and regional concert touring with West Australian Opera (2010 – 2014) and a wide span of roles with various independent companies. His complete roles include Caronte (L'Orfeo), Aeneas (Dido & Aeneas), Polyphemus (Acis & Galatea), Papageno (Die Zauberflöte), Figaro (Le Nozze di Figaro), Don Alfonso (Cosi Fan Tutte), 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), Malatesta (Don Pasquale), Rigoletto (Rigoletto) and Superintendent Budd (Albert Herring).
On the concert platform he has been soloist in major 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.
In an ensemble context Andrew also works regularly with Sydney’s leading early and contemporary music organisations including Opera Australia, Bach Akademie Australia, Cantillation, St Mary’s Cathedral Choir, Choir of St James, Hourglass Ensemble, and Sydney Antiphony. He previously held positions in Perth with St George's Cathedral Choir, Collegium Musicum, and was a core singer and General Manager of The Giovanni Consort.
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 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.
Andrew O’Connor appears courtesy of The Song Company
Biography Current as of 26 September 2017