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Andrew Bidlack

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Tenor Andrew Bidlack, a graduate of San Francisco Opera’s prestigious Adler Fellowship, begins the 2014-15 season with a return to San Francisco Opera covering both Don Ramiro in La cenerentola and Emilio in Händel’s Partenope.  Following this he will head to Dallas Opera to create the role of Rob Hall in Joby Talbot’s Everest, a new opera depicting the tragic disaster on Mt. Everest in 1996.  An invitation from Greensboro Symphony takes him to North Carolina for Haydn’s Creation and he continues to Palm Beach Opera to sing Tonio in La fille du régiment.  

Andrew returns to Dallas Opera in the Spring to sing the role of Almerik in Tchaikovsky’s rarely doneIolanta, and later goes to Bozeman to join Intermountain Opera for the role of Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi.  The summer will see him at Cincinnati Opera to sing Irving in Ricky Ian Gordon’s new opera, Morning Star.  

The 2013-2014 season began with the New York Opera Society in a gala concert at the Italian Embassy in Washington, D.C.  He joined the cast of Die tote Stadt as Graf Albert at Dallas Opera, and made his role debut as Don Ramiro (La cenerentola) with Omaha Opera.  He repeated La cenerentola at Intermountain Opera Bozeman, and later returned to Dallas for a recital at the Dallas Museum of Art with soprano Ava Pine.  The summer saw him as Anatol in Vanessa and the title role in Romberg’s The Student Prince at the Utah Festival Opera.

His engagements in the 2012-2013 season included his role debut as Rodrigo in Rossini’s Otello with Opera Southwest, the tenor solos in Händel’s Messiah with The Lexington Philharmonic and a return to Florida Grand Opera as Tamino (Die Zauberflöte).  He then appeared at Carnegie Hall and made his debut with the Lyric Opera of Chicago as the Young Collector in their production of A Streetcar Named Desire starring Renée Fleming.  He finished the season performing Beppe in Donizetti’s rarely performed opera Rita with Rochester Lyric Opera.

Recent successes include Tonio (La fille du régiment) with PORTopera, as well as his Asian debut singing Damon (Acis and Galatea) with the Macau International Music Festival.  He joined the roster of The Lyric Opera of Chicago for their production of Ariadne auf Naxos, and was featured as the tenor soloist in Carmina Burana with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Andreas Delfs.  He finished the season with performances of Sandy in Maxwell Davies’ The Lighthouse at The Dallas Opera for the inception of their Chamber Opera Series.

Highlights of previous seasons include his New York City Opera debut as Baron Lummer in Strauss’Intermezzo, concert performances as Gomatz (Zaide) with Musica Angelica and his return to Florida Grand Opera as Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni).  He sang Count Almaviva (Il barbiere di Siviglia) at Florida Grand Opera, covers of Emilio in Händel’sPartenope at New York City Opera, as well as several performances of Nemorino (L’elisir d’amore) with Empire State Lyric Theater.  In 2010 he made is South American debut as Oronte (Alcina) at Teatro Municipal de Santiago in Chile.  At the Spoleto Festival in Italy, he appeared as A Guest in The Saint of Bleecker Street, which was recorded and released on the Chandos label.  

A 2007 Merola Opera Program participant, Mr. Bidlack created the role of Charles Carter in the world premiere of Thomas Pasatieri’s The Hotel Casablanca.  Later as an Adler Fellow, Mr. Bidlack made is San Francisco Opera debut in The Little Prince and went on to appear as Odoardo (Ariodante), Arturo (Lucia di Lammermoor), Graf Albert (Die Tote Stadt), The Simpleton (Boris Godunov), Pedrillo (Die Entführung aus dem Serail), Gastone (La traviata), and Ruiz (Il trovatore).

A frequent interpreter of new works by some of today’s most significant composers, Mr. Bidlack sang Ishmael in a workshop production of Jake Heggie’s Moby Dick with the San Francisco Opera and later workshopped the role of Tancreid in John Musto’s new opera The Inspector at Wolf Trap Opera. 

Concert performances include the tenor solos in Handel’s Messiah, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, and Mozart’s Requiem; he made his Carnegie Hall debut singing role of The Evangelist and the tenor solos in Bach’s Weihnachts Oratorium.

Selected by Florida Grand Opera, Mr. Bidlack was the recipient of the 2009-2010 Gilbert Artist Award, given to a former Young Artist who returned to sing a principle role in a main-stage production.


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