Andrew Foster-Williams

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ass-baritone Andrew Foster-Williams enjoys a vibrant career on both the opera and concert stage. He is graced with a vocal versatility that allows him to present a repertoire ranging from the classics of Bach, Gluck, Handel, and Mozart through to more recent masters such as Britten, Debussy, Stravinsky, and Wagner with equal confidence.

Andrew Foster-Williams’ career, initially built on his strong Baroque credentials, has in recent seasons found a new dramatic direction with successes as Pizarro (Fidelio) at Theater an der Wien and Philharmonie de Paris, and a unanimously praised debut as Telramund in Wagner’s Lohengrin under esteemed conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin at the Festival de Lanaudière, a role that he repeated at La Monnaie under Alain Altinoglu last season. A subsequent portrayal of Captain Balstrode in Christoph Loy’s divisive new production of Peter Grimes at Theater an der Wien, alongside acclaimed performances as Nick Shadow (The Rake’s Progress), Donner (Das Rheingold) and Gunther (Götterdämmerung) have also further enhanced a highly regarded operatic profile. Foster-Williams’ dramatic capacity has earned the respect of many of the most acclaimed stage directors as he “holds the attention of the audience with the energy of someone who has great experience, and with sensational vocal ability, which he uses with total freedom…” (Opéra).

Highly praised for his facility in the French operatic repertoire, recent roles include Golaud (Pelléas et Mélisande), his debut as Escamillo in Kasper Holten’s spectacular staging of Carmen on the floating stage in Bregenz, as well as specially curated performances at Opéra National de Bordeaux to mark the 400th anniversary of the death of Cervantes and featuring music from Ravel’s Don Quichotte à Dulcinée and Massenet’s Don Quichotte under the baton of Music Director Marc Minkowski. As a regular guest on the Opéra français series on the Palazzetto Bru Zane label, recent CD releases include Joncières’ Dimitri, Gounod’s Cinq-Mars and Saint-Saën’s Proserpine, winner of Best Opera 2018 at the International Classical Music Awards.

Boasting an extensive discography, commercial releases include Beethoven’s Cantata on the Death of Emperor Joseph II with the San Francisco Symphony (Tilson Thomas) released on SFSMedia, and most recently The Seasons with the Gabrieli Consort and Players (McCreesh) released on Signum which was shortlisted for the 2017 Grammophone Awards. Performances captured on DVD include the Gramophone Award winning The Fairy Queen with Glyndebourne Festival Opera (Christie).

An impressive line-up of concert invitations has taken Andrew Foster-Williams to major stages with the most celebrated orchestras and conductors of our day. These include The Cleveland Orchestra and Franz Welser-Möst, Salzburg Mozarteum with Ivor Bolton, San Francisco Symphony and Michael Tilson Thomas, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra with Richard Egarr, Hong Kong Philharmonic under Edo de Waart, and the London Symphony Orchestra with the late Sir Colin Davis. Foster-Williams offers a concert repertoire as diverse as it is broad which includes Bach’s Matthäus-Passion and Johannes-Passion, Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem, Beethoven’s Symphony No.9, Britten’s War Requiem, Haydn’s Die Jahreszeiten, Janáček’s Glagolitic Mass, Mahler’s Symphony No.8, and Mendelssohn’s Elijah.

In the current season Andrew Foster-Williams makes two role debuts, as Lysiart in Christoph Loy’s new production of Euryanthe at Theater an der Wien conducted by Constantin Trinks, and as Kurnewal in a new production of Tristan und Isolde at La Monnaie under Altingolu. He also returns to the role of Golaud, this time at Theater Basel under Erik Nielsen. On the concert platform he can be heard in Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra under Vasily Petrenko, in The Seasons with London Philharmonic Orchestra under Vladimir Jurowski.

Highlights of the 2018-19 season include a new production by Christoph Loy of Weber’s Euryanthe at Theater an der Wien (Lysiart) conducted by Constantin Trinks, a new production by Barbora Horáková Joly of Pelléas et Mélisande (Golaud) at Theater Basel led by Erik Nielsen, and a new production of Tristan und Isolde (Kurwenal) at La Monnaie directed by Ralf Pleger under the baton of Alain Altinoglu. On the concert stage, Andrew Foster-Williams joins Vasily Petrenko and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic for Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem, Vladimir Jurowski and the London Philharmonic Orchestra for Haydn’s The Seasons, and Lorenzo Viotti and the Gulbenkian Orchestra for semi-staged performances of Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette.

 

As of March 2019