Andrew Staples (tenor) was a chorister at St Paul’s Cathedral before accepting a Music Scholarship to Eton College. In 1998 he won a Choral Scholarship to King’s College Cambridge, where he gained a degree in music. Andrew was the first recipient of the RCM Peter Pears Scholarship at the Royal College of Music, London, where he studied with Ryland Davies. He holds the Ian Fleming Charitable Trust Music Education Award from the Musicians’ Benevolent Fund and enjoys the generous support of the Countess of Munster Trust and the Josephine Baker Trust.
On stage he has performed the roles of Ferrando in Così fan tutte (British Youth Opera), Schoolmaster in Janacek’s The Cunning Little Vixen (Opera East Productions) and Aret in Haydn’s Philemon und Baucis for the 2003 Haydn Festival at Eisenstadt, conducted by Trevor Pinnock. He performed the role of Haliate in the RCM/London Handel Festival production of Handel’s Sosarme in conjunction with the London Handel Festival, conducted by Laurence Cummings, and Don Ottavio in a concert performance of excerpts from Don Giovanni with Andrew Parrott and the London Mozart Players. He joined the Benjamin Britten International Opera School at the RCM in September 2004 where he sang in The Rape of Lucretia (Male Chorus), Così fan tutte (Ferrando) and Die Fledermaus.
Recent concert engagements include Mozart’s Mass in C minor with the Swedish Radio under Daniel Harding, Mozart’s Requiem with the Orchestra Kanazawa in Japan, the US première of Sir John Tavener’s The Veil of the Temple in New York, performances of Britten’s St Nicolas in Paris, the RCM production of Poulenc’s Carmelites, Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra and Mozart’s Requiem with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, both conducted by Andrew Manze, Bach's St John Passion with Sir John Eliot Gardiner and the Monteverdi Choir and Mozart’s Requiem for the Scottish Chamber Orchestra conducted by Andrew Manze. Later in 2007 he makes his debut with the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden as Jacquino in Beethoven’s Fidelio.
Andrew Staples tenor