Born in New Zealand, the mezzo-soprano Bianca Andrew is a member of the Opernstudio at Oper Frankfurt, where she made her German début in 2018 as Contessa di Ceprano (Rigoletto), and Anna (Vasco da Gama). In the 2018/19 season, Bianca sings the roles of Enrichetta di Francia (I Puritani), Zweite Magd (Daphne) and Die Kellnerin (Der ferne Klang) with Oper Frankfurt, Bernardo Beatrice Cenci) with the Bregenzer Festspiele and she makes her U.K. début with Garsington Opera in the role of Flamel (Fantasio).
Bianca is a graduate of the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London, where she studied with Yvonne Kenny and performed the title role in Radamisto, Philomène (Alexandre bis), the Neighbour (Mavra) and Laura (Iolanta). Her musical training began at the New Zealand School of Music, and she later joined New Zealand Opera as an Emerging Artist. She receives generous mentorship and support from Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and the Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation
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, and with the Cambridge Philharmonic in Thomas Adès’ America: A Prophecy. A passionate recitalist, she was the winner of the 2016 Song Prize in the Kathleen Ferrier Awards at London’s Wigmore Hall. This season, she tours New Zealand in a programme of 20th Century chamber music alongside American writer Alex Ross, and appears with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and Paavo Järvi in Mendelssohn’s Lobgesang at Kissinger Sommer 2018.
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.