The English tenor, Andrew Tortise, was a choral scholar at Wells Cathedral and graduated from Trinity College, Cambridge in 2002. He studied first with Ashley Stafford and now with Iris dell’Acqua.
Andrew Tortise made his opera debut in Paris at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysée as Apollo in Semele in 2004. Early opera appearances included Marzio in Mitridate at the Salzburg Festival; Ferrando in Così fan tutte and roles in L’incoronazione di Poppea for Opéra National de Lyon; Mernier in Frühlings Erwachen at La Monnaie, Brussels; Le Chevalier de Danois in Lully’s Armide at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysée and Robert in David Sawyer’s Skin Deep for Opera North and the Bregenz Festival.
On the concert platform Andrew Tortise has sung Mozart’s Requiem with the Philharmonia Orchestra and with the London Symphony Orchestra and Sir Colin Davis; George Frideric Handel’s Occasional Oratorio for MDR Leipzig; Berlioz’ L’Enfance du Christ for the English Chamber Orchestra; Evangelist and arias in J.S. Bach’s St John Passion (BWV 245) and St Matthew Passion (BWV 244), Benjamin Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings and Messiah with the Academy of Ancient Music; Evangelist in St Matthew Passion (BWV 244) in Lisbon; St Matthew Passion (BWV 244) (arias) with the Residentie Orkest Den Haag and also with the Gabrieli Consort; J.S. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio (BWV 248) with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra; B. Britten’s Les Illuminations with the Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra and Ivor Bolton and J.S. Bach and Alessandro Scarlatti programmes with Al Ayre Español.
Andrew Tortise has appeared on tours with Sir John Eliot Gardiner singing Purcell, J.S. Bach and Monteverdi; with Richard Egarr and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment; with Concert Spirituel and Hervé Niquet singing Messiah and with Marc Minkowski singing Damon in Acis and Galatea. He has also appeared with Combattimento Consort Amsterdam and Nederlandse Bachvereniging and has given recitals at the Aldeburgh Festival with Malcolm Martineau and in Bruges with Richard Egarr.
Andrew Tortise’s most recent opera engagements include Peter Quint for NI Opera and at the Buxton Festival; Novice in Billy Budd and Janek in The Makropulos Case for Netherlands Opera; David in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg for Welsh National Opera (WNO); James MacMillan in Clemency directed by Katie Mitchell for ROH 2; Lucano in Poppea and the tenor arias in J.S. Bach’s St Matthew Passion (BWV 244) for Glyndebourne Festival Opera and Ferrando in Così fan tutte for Glyndebourne on Tour.
Opera plans this season (2012-2013) and beyond include Peter Quint in B. Britten’s The Turn of the Screw for Lyon Opera; The Spirit of the Masque in the new Richard Jones production of B. Britten’s Gloriana for the Royal Opera, Covent Garden; Ferrando for Welsh National Opera; a staged Messiah at the Bristol Old Vic and for Theater an der Wien, J.S. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio (BWV 248).
Future concert plans include Aufidio in Johann Christian Bach’s Lucio Silla with the Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra and Ivor Bolton; J.S. Bach’s St John Passion (BWV 245) (Evangelist and arias) with the Monteverdi Choir and Sir John Eliot Gardiner; L.v. Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra; Mozart’s Requiem with the Orchestra and Choir of Welsh National Opera at St David’s Hall, Cardiff; Haydn’s Paukenmesse with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Bernard Labardie; B. Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings with the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra and Eugene Tzigane and Bach’s Mass in B Minor (BWV 232) with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Richard Egarr.