andrew irwin

tenor

biography

 

Following his studies at Chetham’s School of Music and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama with Adrian Thompson Northern Irish tenor Andrew Irwin completed his training at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Leipzig under the tutelage of Prof. KS Roland Schubert.

Andrew is currently a member of the ensemble at Stadttheater Bremerhaven where this season he sings roles in The Tales of Hoffman, die Entführung aus Dem Serail and the Emperor of Atlantis.

Andrew made his Welsh National Opera début in the role of Amelia’s Servant Un Ballo in Maschera and also sang Cecil Roberto Devereux for the company. He has sung Telemaco in Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria for Longborough Festival Opera and an Opera Highlights tour for Scottish Opera for whom he covered the role of Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. His opera engagements have also included Christoph in Maxwell Davies Kommilitonen! with Welsh National Youth Opera,  Conte Almaviva in Paisiello Il Barbiere di Siviglia with Junge Mitteldeutsche Kammeroper, Don Ottavio Don Giovanni and Die Knusperhexe Hänsel und Gretel with the Leipzig Sommerorchester and Don Basilio and Don Curzio Le Nozze di Figaro with Clonter Opera.

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Equally at home on the concert platform Andrew has performed works by Schütz, Mozart, Rossini and Stainer. A keen recitalist, his repertoire includes Schubert Die Schöne Müllerin, Schumann Dichterliebe, Britten Winter Words, Vaughan Williams Songs of Travel and Finzi Oh Fair to See. He has recorded Irish songs for BBC Northern Ireland and Northern Ireland Opera and recently released a disc of Irish, English and German songs with Ruth McGinley, piano.

Andrew won the 2017 Forde Taylor prize for Gilbert & Sullivan at the Feis Ceoil (Dublin) and the E.A. Redman prize for German Lieder performance at the RWCMD. He is grateful for the loyal support of The Fermanagh Trust, The Viola Westminster Bursary, The Joan Trimble Award and Mr Christopher Ball. Most recently he was awarded the Audience Prize at the Northern Irealand Festival of Voice.

 September 2021

Andrew Irwin is represented for General Management. For all enquiries please contact Caroline Phillips cphillips@caroline-phillips.co.uk

reviews

Monteverdi Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria – Longborough Festival Opera

… Telemaco (the searingly intense Andrew Irwin) …

Opera, September 2021

But it’s the traumatised trio of men – Tom Randle’s Ulysses, Andrew Irwin as his son Telemaco and Oliver Brignall as the gluttonous hanger-on Iro – that give the production both its pathos and horror.

The Independent 21 July 2021

Andrew Irwin suffers searingly as their son Telemaco.

The Stage, 19 July 2021

As Ulisse’s son Telemaco, meanwhile, overjoyed to discover the identity of the disguised beggar who has been washed ashore, Andrew Irwin has the vocal resources to make the father-and-son recognition scene the opera’s first great emotional climax.

The Times, 14 July 2021

Andrew Irwin an impassioned Telemaco.

The Guardian 14 July 2021

 

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Leipzig Advent concert

Ein gesanglicher und darstellerischer Höhepunkt wurde der Auftritt der Hexe aus Humperdincks Hansel und Gretel, bravourös und komödiantisch vom nordirischen Tenor Andrew Irwin dargeboten – bis hin zum Hexenritt auf dem Besen.

Mitteldeutsche Zeitung, December 2019

The appearance of the witch from Humperdinck’s Hansel und Gretel, a brilliant and comedic performance by Northern Irish tenor Andrew Irwin, was a vocal and performance highlight – right up to the witch ride on the broom.

Mitteldeutsche Zeitung, December 2019

 

Clonter Opera – Le Nozze di Figaro

Andrew Irwin … brings a burnished tone and a fine comic gift as both Basilio and Curzio

The Arts Desk, 24 July 2017

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Andrew Irwin débuts in Bremerhaven

Tenor Andrew Irwin makes his début at Stadttheater Bremerhaven performing Cochenille, Frantz and Pitichinaccio in Les Contes d’Hoffmann with performances on September 25, October 3, 9, 15, 17 and November 4. Marc Niemann will conduct the production by John Pölzgutter....

Polly Graham stages Return of Ulysses at Longborough

Director Polly Graham, Artistic Director of Longborough Festival Opera, appears as a guest on BBC Radio 3 In Tune on July 9. Her staging of Monteverdi The Return of Ulysses will be performed in the Big Top at the festival on July 13, 15, 17 & 18. Conducted by CPM...

Andrew Irwin wins BBC NI / ACNI award

Tenor Andrew Irwin has been selected to receive a BBC Northern Ireland & Arts Council of Northern Ireland Young Musicians Platform Award. As well as funds towards career development projects the award includes BBC broadcast opportunities and an appearance with The...

Magical Monteverdi animation

https://youtu.be/W49gr-cUBSI The cast and creatives of Longborough Festival Opera's postponed The Return of Ulysses, including director Polly Graham, conductor Robert Howarth and tenor Andrew Irwin have all contributed to this touching and magical animation. Enjoy.

Tenor Andrew Irwin joins CPM

We are delighted to welcome tenor Andrew Irwin to CPM. Originally from Northern Ireland, Andrew is completing his training at the  Hochschule für Musik und Theater Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Leipzig. He makes his Welsh National Opera début as Amelia’s Servant in...