New England Second Place Winner 2016
Bass Andy Berry celebrates the second year of his singing career with a diverse spring season. With Yale Opera, he will sing the title role of Massenet’s Don Quichotte and Peter Quince in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Passionate about the dramatic possibilities of concert performance, Andy is thrilled to debut as bass soloist in Haydn’s The Creation with the Yale Glee Club and to perform a degree recital of rarely heard works by Schoenberg, Strauss, Shostakovich, Sauguet, and other twentieth century composers.
This summer, he will tour Vietnam and Singapore as bass soloist in a traveling performance of Mozart’s Requiem. Last summer, he joined Central City Opera as an Apprentice Artist in the roles of Barone Douphol in La traviata, Dr. Carrasco in Man of La Mancha, and Montesinos in Boismortier’s Don Quichotte chez la Duchesse. He was named the first recipient of the company’s Robert Orth Award. Andy feels at home in early opera, having sung the bass roles in Purcell’s The Fairy-Queen (dell’Arte Opera Ensemble), Seneca in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea, and Antinoo in Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria (both with the Yale Baroque Opera Project). Other favorite past roles include Bartolo and Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro and Simone in Gianni Schicchi with Yale Opera and the Opera Theater of Yale College.
A native of Cabin John, Maryland, Andy graduated cum laude from Yale University with a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology/neuroscience. While music director of the nation’s oldest collegiate a cappella group the Whiffenpoofs, he spent a year leading the group in about two hundred concerts across six continents and over thirty countries, including an appearance on
FOX’s Glee. Andy’s time with that group instilled an enduring love of singing bass in chamber ensembles and one-per-part vocal groups. He is currently a second year master’s student at the Yale School of Music, eager to join other artists of his generation and beyond in forging a place for opera, classical music, and performance art in a world that increasingly underestimates the
importance of the live moment.
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