Arizona Opera Cast Members & Creatives
Lauded for his “Charming…robust baritone…” rising Romanian-American baritone Andrew Manea is a recent graduate of the Adler Fellowship Program at San Francisco Opera. In the current season, Manea makes his house and role debuts with Palm Beach Opera as Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia, and this winter he joins the roster of Arizona Opera as Escamillio in Carmen.
With the San Francisco Opera, Manea made his role debut as the Duke of Nottingham in Roberto Devereux and also sang the Huntsman/Gamekeeper in Rusalka and Sciarrone in Tosca. During his first year as an Adler, he was heard as Marullo in Rigoletto, as the Marchese d’Obigny in La traviata, and in the world premiere of John Adams’ Girls of the Golden West. On the concert stage, he made his Schwabacher Recital debut with esteemed pianist Warren Jones.
Additional recent performances include Marcello in La bohème with Shreveport Opera, #7 in Transformations with the Merola Opera Program, and Escamillo in Carmen in Wuhan, China. With the College-Conservatory of Music at Cincinnati University, he has sung the Danilo in The Merry Widow, the Father in Hansel and Gretel and the Forester in The Cunning Little Vixen.
Andrew Manea was awarded First Place and Audience Favorite in the Mary Jacobs Smith Singer of the Year Competition with Shreveport Opera, was a Semifinalist of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, earned Second Place and Audience Favorite in the Opera Columbus Cooper-Bing International Vocal Competition, was a Finalist in the Jensen Foundation Vocal Competition, and was a Career Grant recipient in the Giulio Gari Foundation Competition.
A native of Troy, Michigan, Manea holds his Bachelor’s degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music and his Master’s degree from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music, where he studied with the prolific Bill McGraw.