Andrew Dickinson brings a compelling visceral energy to both his singing and acting.
Young British tenor Andrew Dickinson is making an impression at opera houses and concert halls across Europe with his charismatic stage presence and sensitive musicality. Born in Liverpool, he completed his studies at the Royal Academy Opera School in 2011. During his training he won a number of competitions, including the Maureen Lehane Vocal Competition at the Wigmore Hall and the UK’s Wagner Society competition in 2014.
At the Deutsche Oper Berlin, where he has been part of the ensemble since 2016, he has already sung numerous roles, including Truffaldino in Prokofiev’s The Love for Three Oranges, Novice in Billy Budd, Jonas in Meyerbeer’s Le Prophète (in a new production by Olivier Py) and Da-Ud in Richard Strauss’ Die Ägyptische Helena.
Guest appearances have seen him as Flute in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Hyogo Performing Arts Center, Japan), Kaufmann in Wolfgang Rihm’s Jakob Lenz (Mozarteum Salzburg), Dancairo in Bizet’s Carmen (Scottish Opera), Tom Rakewell in Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress (Bury Court Opera) and Gerhard in H.K. Gruber’s Gloria – A Pigtail (Bregenz Festival). He has sung under conductors including Donald Runnicles, Robin Ticciati and Enrique Mazzola, as well as Vladimir Jurowski at the Glyndebourne Festival.
A welcome guest at concert halls across Europe, the tenor has performed Handel’s Messiah at the Royal Festival Hall in London, St. Stephan’s Cathedral in Vienna and the Liszt Academy in Budapest; Mozart’s Requiem at the Royal Albert Hall; and most recently Britten’s War Requiem at the Berlin Cathedral. Other recent engagements include Berlioz’s Grande Messe des Morts (Winchester Cathedral), Bach’s B Minor Mass (Bolzano), Mendelssohn’s Elijah (Amman, Jordan) and Bach’s St. Matthew Passion (Hanover).
In addition to his opera and concert engagements, Andrew Dickinson is an enthusiastic producer of musical projects, with a focus on new concert formats and engaging with new audiences. He devised the staged recital The Diary… and Other Stories, based around Janácek’s The Diary of the One Who Disappeared and featuring Czech instrumental and vocal music. He also produces concerts and operas with an emphasis on community and education as part of the Rainhill Music Festival, a charity supporting schools in Liverpool with in-house music tuition, and Opera @ Stone, a new opera company and recital series supporting refugees and the homeless based at Stone Brewery Berlin.
Photo: Nadja Wohleben