Born in Wellington, London-based mezzo-soprano Bianca Andrew completed her undergraduate studies at the New Zealand School of Music, after which she went on to join New Zealand Opera as an Emerging Artist from 2012 to 2013. Bianca is a graduate of the Opera Studies programme at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama (GSMD), where she is an Artist Fellow for 2017/18.
Bianca’s recent operatic performances include: Radamisto Radamisto, Flycap The Tale of Januarie, Philomène Alexandre Bis, Neighbour Mavra, Laura Iolanta for Guildhall Opera; Meg Page Falstaff for Cambridge Philharmonic; and Romeo I Capuleti e i Montecchi for Days Bay Opera NZ.
Bianca is known for her engaging and creative performances both in operatic and recital repertoire, and was the winner of the Song Prize in the 2016 Kathleen Ferrier Awards with her duo partner, pianist Dylan Perez. In 2017, Bianca was one of four singers selected for the Guildhall School's prestigious Gold Medal competition.
On the concert platform, Bianca has given performances with all the major orchestras in New Zealand in repertoire from Messiah to Mahler’s 2nd Symphony. She has appeared with the London Symphony Orchestra, recording Schumann’s Das Paradies und die Peri with Sir Simon Rattle for LSO Live, and as a soloist in Tippett’s A Child of Our Time. She has been a recitalist at the Wigmore Hall, the Sage Gateshead and the Barbican Concert Hall.
In July, Bianca returns to New Zealand to perform as the Madrigal Singer in Manon Lescaut with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra and Giordano Bellincampi. Further highlights ahead include appearing in Samling's 2017 Wigmore Hall Showcase in November, and joining the New Zealand contemporary music ensemble STROMA in a tour of 20th Century vocal compositions for Chamber Music New Zealand in 2018.
Bianca is a Samling Artist, a Kiwi Music Scholar and recipient of the Gwen Catley Scholarship from the Amar-Franses Foster-Jenkins Trust. She continues to receive generous mentorship and support from Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and the Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation.
sponsors & supporters
Bianca gratefully acknowledges Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and the Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation who have provided her with significant mentoring and financial support.
Bianca extends her thanks also to the organisations below who have generously supported her during her musical education and training.
John & Margaret Hunn Educational Trust