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, Viktora und ihr Husar and the Emperor of Atlantis. In 22-23 he will sing the title role Orphée aux Enfers, Link Larkin Hairspray, Malcolm Macbeth and Dr Richardson Breaking the Waves.
Andrew made his Welsh National Opera début in the role of Amelia’s Servant Un Ballo in Maschera, also singing 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.
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 Ireland Festival of Voice.
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Viktoria und ihr Husar – Stadttheater Bremerhaven
… with the agile tenor Andrew Irwin. Irwin also engages in a ravishing Do-Do-Do-Do duet with Sydney Gabbard.
Nordsee-Zeitung, 1 March 2022
Victoria Kunze as O Lia San and Andrew Irwin as Count Ferry Hegedüs harmonise extremely well with each other and their acting and comedic talents are as convincing as their singing.
Andreas Kück – Lese Lust, 1 March 2022
Offenbach – The Tales of Hoffmann – Stadttheater Bremerhaven
Tenor Andrew Irwin showed enormous versatility in his performances…
Andreas Kück – Lese Lust, 6 October 2021
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
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