Bass Pelham Andrews trained in Australia, the UK and Germany, and is a graduate of the Cardiff International Academy of Voice and the Adelaide University. A former Young Artist of the State Opera of South Australia, Pelham has performed extensively with that company in the roles of Padre Guardiano (La forza del Destino), Colline (La Bohème), Nourabad (Les Pêcheurs de Perles), Lodovico (Otello), Zuniga (Carmen), Friedrich Bhaer (the Australian premiere of Mark Adamo’s Little Women), Count Ribbing (Un Ballo in Maschera), Jake Wallace (La Fanciulla del West)Count Ceprano (Rigoletto), the Stationmaster (Blake’s The Station), the Mandarin (Turandot), and the Imperial Commissioner (Madama Butterfly).

Pelham’s roles in 2018 included Nourabad in The Pearfishers and Pogner, (as well as covering Hans Sachs), in Act III of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg for State Opera of South Australia and Count Capulet in Romeo and Juliet in concert for the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. He also returned to New Zealand to sing the role of the King in Aida in concert for Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra.

This year Pelham will be heard as the Parson and Badger (The Cunning Little Vixen), Ben (Madeline Lee), The Bonze (Madama Butterfly) and in the title role of The Mikado, all for State Opera South Australia, as well as in concert with the Adelaide Collective in Grandage’s Towards First Light.

elham has sung Méphistophélès (La Damnation de Faust) and the King of Bambaras (Angelique) for Victorian Opera, and for Opera Australia he has appeared as Sparafucile and Monterone (Rigoletto), Lodovico (Otello), Zoroastro (Orlando), Baron Douphol (La Traviata), Speaker (The Magic Flute), Second Mate (Billy Budd), Flemish Deputy (Don Carlos) and Timur (Turandot), as well as covering King (Aida), Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro) and Masetto (Don Giovanni). He has also performed throughout Australia, Malaysia and Singapore with touring company Co-Opera, and won several awards including the McDonalds Operatic Aria.

Recent engagements have included singing the role of Farfarello and covering The King of Clubs in The Love for Three Oranges for Opera Australia and the roles of Lester Lamb in the world premiere of George Palmer’s Cloudstreet and Sciarrone in Tosca for State Opera of South Australia. In 2017 he sang the roles of Betto di Signa in Gianni Schicchi and Tio Salvador in La Vida Breve for State Opera of South Australia and covered the roles of Colline in La bohème, Archbishop in King Roger and Zuniga in Carmen for Opera Australia. He also performed the role of Geronte in Manon Lescaut for Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra.

As a concert soloist, Pelham has performed with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria, Sydney Philharmonia, Australian Intervarsity Choral Festival, Melbourne Bach Choir, Auckland Choral Society, Napier Civic Choir and Manukau Symphony, as well as many smaller ensembles. His repertoire includes the Requiems of Mozart, Fauré and Verdi, Haydn Creation, Handel Messiah, Beethoven Symphony No 9, Mozart and Beethoven Masses, and Cantatas by Bach. He is also an accomplished and passionate interpreter of song repertoire.

Pelham Andrews is managed by Graham Pushee: [email protected] February 2019

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Bonze – Madama Butterfly (2019)
Mikado – The Mikado (2019)
Parson/Badger – Cunning Little Vixen (2019)
Ben – Madeline Lee (2019)
Betto di Signa – Gianni Schicchi (2017)
Tio Salvador – La Vida Breve
Sciarrone – Tosca (2016)
Lester Lamb – Cloudstreet (2016)


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