Andrew Tortise tenor
Andrew Tortise was a choral scholar at Wells Cathedral before graduating from Trinity College, Cambridge in 2002. Whilst at Cambridge he was active as both a tenor soloist and a piano accompanist.
Andrew made his opera debut in Paris at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysée as Apollo in Semele in 2004 and has since sung Marzio in Mitridate at the Salzburg Festival, Ferrando in Così fan tutte and roles in Poppea for Opéra National de Lyon and WNO with conductors including Rinaldo Alessandrini, William Christie and Marc Minkowski.
Recent opera appearances have included the lead tenor role in Mernier Frühlings Erwachen at La Monnaie, Lucano in Poppea conducted by Emmanuelle Haïm, the tenor arias in JS Bach's St Matthew Passion in a new staged version by Katie Mitchell for Glyndebourne Festival Opera and Robert in Richard Jones’ production of David Sawyer’s new opera Skin Deep for Opera North and the Bregenz Festival. Further engagements include Novice in Billy Budd for Netherlands Opera, Ferrando in Così fan tutte for Glyndebourne on Tour and David in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg for Welsh National Opera.
On the concert platform he has sung Haydn’s The Seasons for Huddersfield Choral Society with Martyn Brabbins, Mozart’s Requiem for the Philharmonia Orchestra, Berlioz’s L’Enfance du Christ for ECO and Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings with the Academy of Ancient Music. He has appeared on tours with Sir John Eliot Gardiner singing Purcell and Monteverdi and with Richard Egarr and the Orchestra of the Age of the Enlightenment singing Messiah. He has also appeared with the Combattimento Consort Amsterdam singing Bach’s Magnificat.
Future concert engagements include debuts with English Concert and Harry Bicket and with Concert Spirituel and Hervé Niquet singing Handel and he has given recitals at the Aldeburgh Festival with Malcolm Martineau and in Bruges with Richard Egarr.
Andrew’s recordings include Le Jardin des Voix on Virgin Classics, Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle on Hyperion and Buxtehude Membra Jesu Nostri for Netherlands Bach Society on Channel Classics, which was Gramophone magazine Editor’s Choice and awarded the Diapason d’Or.
Andrew Tortise's past performances