AZO Cast Members & Creatives
Featured by Opera News as one of their ‘top 25 brilliant young artists’ (October 2015), tenor Andrew Bidlack begins the 2017-18 Season at Lyric Opera of Kansas City as he recreates the role of Rob Hall Everest. He returns to the Metropolitan Opera in the role of Beppe I Pagliacci before he travels to Opera Santa Barbara appearing as Almaviva Il barbiere di Siviglia followed by Arcadio Florencia en el Amazonas at Florida Grand Opera.
Last season at Dallas Opera the artist prepared two new roles: Lensky (c) Eugene Onegin and Greenhorn/Ishmael Moby-Dick in their much celebrated original production revival of Jake Heggie’s opera. He developed the role of Christopher Morcom in The Life and Death(s) of Alan Turning (by Justine Chen and David Simpatico) for American Lyric Theatre, and travelled to Madison Opera for the role of Tamino Die Zauberflote. Also in Madison he performed with Madison Symphony Orchestra Principal Organist in a program of favourite arias and overtures from Handel’s Messiah and Mendelssohn’s Elijah. Getry’s rarely heard opera Zemire et Azor took the artist to Saratoga Opera in the title role to finish the season.
Recent highlights include his European and UK debut in the challenging role of Private John Ball in Welsh National Opera’s world-premiere by composer Iain Bell, In Parenthesis, directed by David Pountney and conducted by Carlo Rizzi with performances at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden; and his Metropolitan Opera of New York debut as Beppe I Pagliacci, and the role of the Lamplighter (cover Edmondo) Manon Lescaut for which he won critical accolades. At Arizona Opera he joined the production of Florencia en el Amazonas as Arcadio.
Andrew Bidlack is a frequent interpreter of contemporary music; he created the roles of Irving Tashman in Ricky Ian Gordon’s Morning Star at Cincinnati Opera and that of Rob Hall in Joby Talbot’s Everest at Dallas Opera. He workshopped Greenhorn/Ishmael in the developmental production of Moby-Dick at San Francisco Opera while he was an Adler Fellow; he inaugurated Tancredi The Inspector (John Musto) at Wolf Trap. As a Merolini, he created the role of Charles Carter in Thomas Pasatieri’s The Hotel Casablanca. Making his debut with Lyric Opera of Chicago, he appeared at Carnegie Hall as The Young Collector in their production of A Streetcar Named Desire with Renée Fleming, a role he also sang in Chicago, and in the role of Sandy The Lighthouse at Dallas Opera for the inception of their Chamber Opera Series.
With a large number of Rossini/Mozart and bel canto roles also to his credit, Andrew has appeared as Tamino Die Zauberflote, Don Ottavio Don Giovanni, Almaviva Il barbiere di Siviglia and Ferrando (c) Cosi fan tutte at Florida Grand Opera; Rodrigo Otello at Opera Southwest; Almaviva and Don Ramiro La Cenerentola at Opera Omaha; Pedrillo Die Entführung aus dem Serail and Arturo Lucia di Lammermoor at San Francisco Opera; Bastien Bastien et Bastienne at Des Moines Metro Opera, Nemorino L’elisir d’amore at Empire State Lyric Theater; Tonio La Fille du Regiment at Palm Beach Opera and for PORTopera.
A graduate of San Francisco Opera’s prestigious Adler Fellowship, Mr. Bidlack made his house debut in The Little Prince and went on to appear as Odoardo Ariodante, Count Albert Die Tote Stadt, Simpleton Boris Godunov, Gastone La traviata, and Ruiz Il trovatore among other roles.
Other significant appearances include his debut as Baron Lummer Intermezzo at New York City Opera, Rinuccio Gianni Schicchi for Intermountain Opera Bozeman, and Almerich Iolanta at Dallas Opera where he also appeared as Count Albert. His performances as Prince Karl Franz Student Prince and Anatol Vanessa at Utah Festival Opera were met with great enthusiasm by audiences and critics alike.
International engagements include his South American debut as Oronte Alcina at Teatro Municipal de Santiago in Chile, Damon Acis and Galatea at the Macau International Music Festival, and his appearance as A Guest The Saint of Bleecker Street at the Spoleto Festival in Italy, which was recorded and released under the Chandos label.
Other roles include Rodolfo La bohème, the title role Candide, Snout A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Emilio Partenope and Tom Rakewell The Rake’s Progress.
Concert performances include the tenor solos in Handel’s Messiah, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Haydn’s Creation and Mozart’s Requiem; his Carnegie Hall debut singing the soloss in Bach’s Weihnachts-Oratorium and the tenor soloist in Carmina Burana with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Andreas Delfs. His recital appearance alongside soprano Ava Pine at the Dallas Museum of Art was well-received by public and critics alike.