British Baritone Andrew Hamilton is in his second year as a member of the Bayerische Staatsoper Opernstudio in Munich, having started in September 2020. He is an alumnus of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama’s Opera School programme, studying with John Evans. Previously he completed the Masters of Music course, also at the Guildhall School. He also completed an undergraduate degree in music at the University of Southampton, where he was a choral scholar, studying with Ian Caddy and Keith Davis.
Since joining the Opernstudio, Andrew has appeared in a wide range of productions and concerts, this season including Ping in Turandot, Ein Perückenmacher in Ariadne auf Naxos, Il Notario in Gianni Schicchi and Marquis D'Obigny in La Traviata. He also performed a Liederabend at the Künstlerhaus in Munich, singing an entirely Schubert programme.
Before moving to Munich, performances and highlights in London included appearing in the Semi Finals of the 2019 Kathleen Ferrier Award at the Wigmore Hall and the role of Adonis (Venus and Adonis) at the Guildhall School. Further highlights include the role of Starveling in A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Guildhall School, the role of Diener in Capriccio as a 2018 Alvarez Young Artist at Garsington Opera - where he also appeared as chorus in Die Zauberflöte. In the summer of 2017 Andrew performed the roles of Second Bad Robber and Bridegroom/Husband/Father (Cover), The Vanishing Bridegroom (British Youth Opera). Also in 2017 he performed Moon Man 1, A Trip to the Moon and Semi Chorus in The Damnation of Faust - both with Sir Simon Rattle and the LSO.
Other operatic and concert experience includes scenes from the roles of: Marcello - La Boheme, Le Mari (Les Mamelles de Tiresias),Belcore (L'elisir D'amore), The Protector (Written on Skin) and the title roles in Don Giovanni and Hamlet, all GSMD opera course opera scenes. He was the baritone soloist in Butterworth's Love Blows as the Wind Blows as part of the BBCSO Total Immersion: In Remembrance WW1, which was broadcast on BBC Radio 3. Swansong, a project based around Schubert’s Schwanengesang with Iain Burnside - with which he appeared on In Tune on BBC Radio 3. He has also been involved in a performance of Schubert Partsongs with Graham Johnson at the Wigmore Hall, Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen with the Milton Keynes Sinfonia and Five Mystical Songs with Letchworth Chorale.
Further performances include assorted roles in British Youth Opera's production of Scoring a Century, directed by Keith Warner, for which he was awarded the Basil A Turner award by the company as well as the role of Count Perrucchetto in Haydn's La Fedeltà Premiata at the Guildhall School.
Andrew was a Countess of Munster Musical Trust award holder and a Boise Foundation Scholar. He was also a Horner's Becker Scholar and is generously supported by the Worshipful Company of Horners.
Photograph: Eugene Dillon-Hooper