Pelham Andrews, a leading classical bass singer in Australia and New Zealand, trained in the UK, Germany and Australia, and won the 2005 McDonalds Aria Competition. He has been a principal artist for Opera Australia, State Opera South Australia, Victorian Opera, English National Opera, Auckland Philharmonia, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, Queensland Symphony Orchestra and numerous other ensembles. His key roles have included Timur (Turandot), Sparafucile (Rigoletto), Padre Guardiano (La Forza del Destino), Colline (La Bohème), Mephistopheles (La Damnation de Faust), Lodovico (Otello) and works of Brahms, Fauré, Handel and Verdi. His performances range from the core Italian, French, German and English operatic, sacred and symphonic repertoire, through to lesser-known classical works, contemporary compositions, and traditional Russian folk music.
Pelham featured in the 2021 Adelaide Festival of Arts as bass soloist in A Child of Our Time (Tippett), and as Snug in A Midsummer Night’s Dream; as Basilio (The Barber of Seville) for State Opera South Australia, bass soloist in Verdi’s Requiem with the Adelaide Youth Orchestra and Messiah with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. He had also been engaged by both Victorian Opera and State Opera South Australia to sing the roles of Judd/Mr Bonner in Voss. Other recent performances include The Commendatore in Don Giovanni for the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, The Bonze in Madama Butterfly, the title role in The Mikado and Ben in Madeline Lee for State Opera South Australia, and bass soloist in J.S. Bach’s repertoire for the Adelaide Cantata Band and Adelaide Baroque.