About Andrew Garland
American baritone Andrew Garland has been saluted by The New York Times as having a “distinctly American presence” with a “big voice” who is “an able and comfortable performer, and a sincere one,” and by Opera News as having “coloratura [which] bordered on the phenomenal as he dashed through the music’s intricacies with his warm baritone, offering plenty of elegance and glamour in his smooth acting.”
Mr. Garland will be heard during the 2012 - 13 season as Schaunard at Seattle Opera, Count Almaviva (in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro) with Dayton Opera and Dandini at Knoxville Opera. He will give a number of recitals including his return to Carnegie Hall in a new program with world-renowned pianist Warren Jones and in the newest program from the New York Festival of Song. He returns to the Grammy-nominated Boston Baroque orchestra for Handel’s Partenope and their annual Messiah. Garland also brings his exquisite baroque coloratura to the newly-formed Colorado Bach Ensemble. He will also see the release of his fourth commercial CD: American Portraits on the GPR Label with pianist Donna Loewy.
Mr. Garland was heard during the 2011 - 12 season as Guglielmo in Opera Saratoga’s production of Così Fan Tutte and Mercutio in Romeo et Juliette with both Lyric Opera of San Antonio and Annapolis Opera. On the concert stage he joins New York Festival of Song for performances in New York City and Washington, DC, and Boston Baroque for Handel’s Messiahand a concert with New York City Opera and Rufus Wainwright.
During the 2010 - 11 season Mr. Garland joined the Atlanta Opera as Schaunard in La Bohème, Arizona Opera as Ping in Turandot, and Boston Lyric Opera as Starveling in a new production of A Midsummer Nights Dream. He also continued traveling the country offering recitals of music by living American composers.
The baritone was seen on the opera stage during the 2009 – 10 as the title role of Don Giovanni with Opera New Jersey, and as Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia with Knoxville Opera. On the concert stage he sang Carmina Burana with the Quad Cities Symphony, New Jersey Symphony and Boston Chorus Pro Musica, Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem with the Plymouth Philharmonic, and participated in the New York Festival of Song at Merkin Concert Hall in New York where The New York Times reported that he performed with a “robust voice, lively dramatic skills, crisp diction, and commanding intensity.”
In addition, he saw the release of his disc of songs by Lee Hoiby called A Pocket of
Garland is best known for his highly communicative style of singing. Equally at home in opera, concert and recital, he brings to each genre a powerful voice and extremely sensitive delivery. On Mr. Garland’s presentation of Lee Hoiby’s I Was There, the composer commented: “I have performed these same songs with several professional baritones of stature, and none has brought more depth of musical understanding than did Andrew Garland. Quite apart from the special beauty of his voice is his distinctive feeling for the musical line. He pulls the listener irresistibly into the music. In my judgment, he is a rare talent, and I expect him to enjoy an important career.”
Mr. Garland is the winner of the Lavinia Jensen Competiton, Washington International Music Competition, American Traditions Competition, the William C. Byrd Competition,