Andrew Golder - biography




           Andrew Golder - baritone  

British baritone Andrew Golder has worked all over Europe in opera and concert. From singing as soloist the standard oratorio baritone and bass-baritone repertoire to establishing a career in opera singing Verdi and Wagner, his experience as singer and actor is extensive. With concert and opera agent representation in Austria and Germany and representation as Narrator in the UK, Andrew Golder has worked extensively for over 20 years also as Narrator for the media industry, voicing many documentaries and educational language and training films in Britain, France, Germany and Austria. He is a qualified and active teacher of voice production and technique.

He trained in vocal studies at the Royal College of Music in London with the late Redvers Llewellyn, and then with Ruth Packer and Raimund Herincx. His repertoire studies were with Alisdair Grahame and Gordon Stewart. He was awarded the Edward Heath Scholarship for further studies and was selected for master classes with Dame Janet Baker and then with Sir Geraint Evans. At the RCM he sang his first 'Carmina Burana' and Britten's 'War Requiem' under Sir David Willcocks and has since sung with many of the world’s renowned conductors including Norman del Mar, Jeffrey Tate, Richard Hickox, Christoph von Dohnányi, Antonio Pappano and Pierre Boulez.

His opera engagements include Stravinsky’s “Le Rossignol” under Pierre Boulez at the Châtelet and at the Berliner Staatsoper, directed by Stanislas Nordey. He appeared at Opéra de Nice in “Don Carlos” conducted by John Nelson and his portrayal of the rôle of Tarquinius in Britten’s “The Rape of Lucretia” for the Opéra de Caën, directed by Stephan Grögler, was praised in the international music press. He again sang Tarquinius in Tours, directed in a new production by Gilles Bouillon, then followed the four villains Lindorf, Coppélius, Dr. Miracle and Dappertutto in Offenbach’s “Les Contes d’Hoffmann” for director Olivier Tambosi, and Germont in “La Traviata” in Klagenfurt, where he was re-invited to sing Lescaut in Massenet’s “Manon”. He sang the role of Tonio in “I Pagliacci” in the Lucerne Festival, where he was re-invited to sing Renato in Verdi's "Un Ballo in Maschera", and Tarquinius at the Teatro de la Maestranza de Sevilla. He sang in the Wiener Festwochen as Sharpless in Puccini's "Madama Butterfly". He has had great success as Nick Shadow in Stravinsky's "The Rake's Progress" in Vienna's Volksoper, Klagenfurt and Coburg the latter to where he was re-invited to sing his first Scarpia in Puccini's "Tosca" receiving excellent reviews.

He sang the title roles of "Don Giovanni" and "Der fliegende Holländer" in Coburg and Enrico in "Lucia di Lammermoor" directed by Oliver Tambosi at the Landestheater Linz. He went on to sing the four villains (Lindorf, Coppelius, Dr Miracle and Dapertutto) in "Les Contes d'Hoffmann" for Oper Klosterneuburg in Vienna, returning as Pizarro in "Fidelio" the following season having completed his highly successful début as Verdi's Sir John Falstaff. He had his highly appraised debut as "Der fliegende Holländer" in Bielefeld.

His successful career on the concert platform since his highly acclaimed début recital at the Purcell Room, London, has included such engagements as the Duruflé and Brahms “Requiem” in Paris and Vaughan Williams’ “Five Mystical Songs” in Paris and St. John’s Smith Square, London. His repertoire includes amongst others Berlioz’s “l’Enfance du Christ”, Bach’s “Magnificat”, Britten’s “War Requiem” (conducted by Sir David Willcocks), “Elijah”, Mozart’s “Requiem” (conducted by Richard Hickox at the St. Endellion Festival and in Truro Cathedral), Walton’s “Belshazzar’s Feast”, Orff’s “Carmina Burana”, Puccini’s “Messa di Gloria”, Haydn's “Creation” in German in Monaco Cathedral, Beethoven’s “Choral Symphony No. 9” and the “St. Matthew Passion”, the Verdi “Requiem” in Paris and Bayreuth, Bach’s “B minor Mass” in Paris and Haendel’s “Messiah” in Monaco.