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British tenor Andrew Staples began his musical career as a choirboy at St. Paul’s Cathedral. He later studied at King’s College in Cambridge and won the Peter Pears Scholarship, which enabled him to continue his education with Ryland Davies at the Royal College of Music and at the Benjamin Britten International Opera School. There he had his first onstage experiences as Ferrando in Così fan tutte and Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus. In 2007 he made his debut at the Royal Opera House in London as Jaquino in Fidelio and was immediately re-engaged to sing Narraboth in Salome and Artabenes in Arne’s Artaxerxes; in the 2012-13 season he will appear there as Tamino in The Magic Flute. Other important credits have included performances at the National Theater in Prague, the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels, and the Garsington Festival. Staples, whose repertoire spans from the English Baroque to modern classics, also works in the concert hall with major orchestras and conductors. He made his Berlin Philharmonic debut in 2009 in Schumann’s Das Paradies und die Peri under Simon Rattle, who has also engaged Staples for performances with the Vienna Philharmonic and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. In addition the tenor has concertized with Daniel Harding and the London Symphony Orchestra, Andrew Manze and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, and the Rotterdam Philharmonic and Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Staples also devotes time to socially committed projects and has launched Opera for Change, which plans to present Mozart’s The Magic Flute as part of a four-month tour through Africa, giving performances from Nairobi to Cape Town.
LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 23 August 2009 in Schumann’s Das Paradies und die Peri under Daniel Harding.