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Andy IS the very model of a modern major general! He returns to familiar G&S territory, performing the Major General for both Opera Naples and Anchorage Opera. Andy’s debut this winter with Opera Naples will be followed at a later date (to be announced) in the land of the midnight sun. This will be his fourth & fifth time performing this iconic G&S patter role, having debuted the role in St. Louis 10 years ago.

January 20 & 21 Naples, FL

Opera Naples

TBA Anchorage, Alaska

Anchorage Opera

Shave And A Haircut

This season, Andy will reprise two signature Rossini Buffo roles. In February, he sings the befuddled Dr. Bartolo in The Barber of Seville for the sixth time, this time for Pacific Northwest Opera. In April, he makes his debut with Fargo-Moorhead opera in his 5th time as Cinderella’s evil stepfather, Don Magnifico.

Feb 25 - Mar 6th Mt. Vernon, WA The Barber of Seville

Pacific Northwest Opera

April 1-3. Fargo, ND La Cenerentola

Fargo-Moorhead Opera

Bio about Andy

Andy

Highly praised for his "rich voice and comic timing" (St. Louis Post Dispatch), Andy Papas has been well lauded in both operatic and theatrical performances across the country. A native Bostonian, 2021-22 will mark another season of Andy’s performances from sea-to-shining sea. The summer and fall 2021 included a reprise of his hilarious Dr. Bartolo in The Barber of Seville for both Opera Theatre of Connecticut and in St. Louis for Union Avenue Opera. In the Winter, Andy debuts with Opera Naples as the iconic Major General in G&S favorite, The Pirates of Penzance. He also sings this role in a later date (to be announced) for Anchorage Opera. having made his Alaska debut as Dr. Bartolo in 2019. Winter & Spring 2022 has him debuting with Fargo-Moorhead Opera as Magnifico in La Cenerentola, and returning to Washington State for another Barber of Seville, this time for Pacific Northwest Opera. Finally, in June, Andy makes his long awaited debut in the title role of Verdi’s Falstaff for Raylynmor Opera, on the grounds of an old mansion and gardens in the Monadnocks of southern New Hampshire.

In 2020, Andy was fortunate to teach students all over the world in Opera & Musical Theater appreciation courses. In classes such as The British Operas are Coming, And The Tony Award Goes To, and Divas, students explored operas and musicals in a variety of styles. Andy also made his small screen debut as Tonio in I Pagliacci for Raylynmor Opera, and in the title role of Don Pasquale for PNW Opera. Fall 2019 brought Andy’s first mainstage Bartolo for both Painted Sky Opera and Anchorage Opera, and a hometown debut as Mr. Bumble in Oliver! with The New Repertory Theatre.

Andy made principal debuts with both Boston Lyric Opera and Opera Saratoga in 2018. He performed Baron Zeta in The Merry Widow in Saratoga in the summer, where Seen & Heard International proclaimed, "Papas was a master of comedic timing and physical humor...capable of roaring one moment and quivering in his boots the next." For Boston Lyric Opera, Andy was Walt Dreary in The Threepenny Opera with BLO in March, and covered Bartolo in The Barber of Seville in October. With Salt Marsh Opera in April, he performed as 'The Jokester' in a newly commissioned piece, Jack and Jill. In February, Andy sang his first Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof for Music on Norway Pond, and Lillas Pastia in Carmen for the BYSO. He returned to Seattle in September '18 as Benoit/Alcindoro in La Bohème with Vashon Opera.

Andy spent the 2014-15 season singing the evil stepfather Don Magnifico in La Cenerentola from Coast to Coast, with performances in Seattle, Milwaukee, and Maine. After singing Magnifico for Skylight Music Theatre in September, he followed up with his west coast debut as Magnifico for Skagit Opera of Seattle in March, and in July for The Bar Harbor Music Festival. In April 2015, he added to his list of World Premieres, performing Stephano in Joseph Summers' The Tempest, with The Shakespeare Concerts of Boston. Andy made his debut under the baton of Gil Role as Peter Simple in Vaughn-Williams' Falstaff tale, Sir John in Love, with Odyssey Opera in May. He returned to the Pacific Northwest in early June for the iconic baritone solo in Beethoven's 9th Symphony for The Mid-Columbia Symphony. Finally, he was in St. Louis in August for a third season with Union Avenue Opera, performing Count Ceprano in Rigoletto.

In 2013-14, Andy expanded his New England footprint in his first performance in Vermont. With The Opera Company of Middlebury, Andy was Haly in L'Italiana in Algeri, where The Rutland Herald lauded his "rich voice" and called his performance "a riot". With The Reagle Music Theatre of Boston, Andy made his professional Musical Theatre debut as Avram in Fiddler on the Roof. Late in 2014, he performed his signature Gilbert & Sullivan role The Major General in The Pirates of Penzance for Opera Providence. Additionally, he toured throughout the Great Lakes as Dr. Bartolo in The Barber of Seville with Opera for the Young.

2012-2013 included performances in both the Midwest and New England. Andy was the Tsar in the world premiere of Polina Nazaykinskaya's The Magic Mirror with Juventas New Music Ensemble and also for The New York Fringe Festival. In 2012, in his hometown debut, Andy was Schaunard in La Bohème with Boston Opera Collaborative. In February 2013, Andy sang a concert of Opera and Musical Theater favorites as part of the Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation's Concert Series. Prior to that, he performed the role of the Father (Pandolfe) in Cinderella (Cendrillon) with Opera for the Young. With Cinderella, Andy toured to 65 schools in four states in the debut season of the show. In November 2012, Andy charmed New Hampshire audiences as Ko-Ko in The Mikado with Raylynmor Opera. Also in November, Andy returned to St. Louis to perform in the 2012 Benefit Gala with Union Avenue Opera. He was last seen at Union Avenue Opera in 2011 in the role of Pong in Turandot, under the baton of Maestro Scott Schoonover. Praised by the St. Louis press for a delightfully comedic performance, Andy also sang with Union Avenue as the Major General in The Pirates of Penzance in 2010.

In the spring of 2011, Andy joined Opera for the Young as both the Major General & The Pirate King in The Pirates of Penzance, touring to over 50 venues throughout the Midwest. Opera for the Young is a unique opera company that incorporates children into the performance at each school. The cast of Opera for the Young teaches a new group of children at each school to be the onstage chorus, encouraging appreciation for opera in a truly hands-on approach. Andy also performed both the Father & Witch in OFY’s original adaptation of Humperdinck’s Hansel & Gretel in 2012.

Andy was a 2011 Emerging Artist with the St. Petersburg Opera, performing Marullo in Rigoletto, Schaunard in scenes from La Bohème, and Uncle Yakusíde in Madama Butterfly. Additionally, he covered the role of Sharpless in Madama Butterfly and performed the role in several performances throughout the Tampa Bay Area. While at SPO, Andy coached with acclaimed Soprano Stella Zambalis, and Maestro Mark Sforzini.

In the summer of 2009, Andy was a young artist at Opera New Jersey, covering the role of Ko-Ko in The Mikado. He was seen in concerts throughout Princeton, NJ, performing opera and musical theater scenes as well as his original rendition of “I’ve got a little list”.

Andy completed his Master of Music degree in Voice Performance at the University of Houston in 2009. While at UH, Andy was seen as Uncle John in the Houston premiere of Ricky Ian Gordon’s The Grapes of Wrath, Le Mari in Les Mamelles de Tiresias, Jupiter in Orpheus in the Underworld and Snooks Brenner (Father of the Bride) in William Bolcom’s A Wedding, all under the direction of Buck Ross. In Houston, he was also seen as the title role in Gianni Schicchi, as soloist with the Houston Ballet II, and in outreach performances of The Refuge with Houston Grand Opera. In addition, Andy collaborated with celebrated musicologist Howard Pollack, singing Junior Mister in Marc Blitzstein’s The Cradle will Rock.

Prior to attending UH, Andy made his professional debut as an Apprentice Artist with Lyric Opera Cleveland in 2006. He performed the role of Redwood Son in the World Premiere of Randall Eng’s Florida, and Samuel in The Pirates of Penzance.

Andy received his Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance from the University of Michigan in 2007, performing in both Musical Theater and Opera. Musical Theater role credits at UM include Charlemagne (Pippin), Old Man Strong (Urinetown), and Smokey (Damn Yankees). He studied with Freda Herseth, and coached with acclaimed composer & performer duo William Bolcom and Joan Morris.

Andy was born and raised in the Boston area, and started playing both piano and trumpet at the age of 8. He performed leading roles in musicals and plays, and was Drum Major of the Winchester HS Marching Band. In his free time, Andy enjoys skiing, traveling, and the foodie life, and owes thanks to his family, friends, and partner Chris for their love and support.

Scheduleupcoming engagements

April 1 - 3

Fargo, ND

La Cenerentola (Don Magnifico)

Fargo-Moorhead Opera

April 10

Boston, MA

La Traviata (Marquis)

Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra

May 10-18

Keene, NH
Westerly, RI

La Cenerentola (Don Magnifico)

Salt Marsh Opera

June 3-11

Middlebury, VT

Orphée Aux Enfers (John Styx)

Opera Co. of Middlebury

June 24-26

New Hampshire

Falstaff (Falstaff)

Raylynmor Opera

TBA Fall 2022

Anchorage, Alaska

The Pirates of Penzance (The Major General)

Anchorage Opera

Past Events

March 2022

Washington State

The Barber of Seville (Bartolo)

Pacific Northwest Opera

January 2022

Naples, FL

The Pirates of Penzance (Major General)

Opera Naples

November 2021

Clinton, CT

The Barber of Seville (Bartolo)

Opera Theater of Connecticut

July 2021

St. Louis, MO

The Barber of Seville (Bartolo)

Union Avenue Opera

Fall 2020

Video

I Pagliacci (Tonio)

Raylynmor Opera

Winter 2020

Boston, MA

Oliver! (Mr. Bumble)

New Repertory Theater

January 2020

Cambridge, MA

Aida (Il Messaggero)

BYSO

November 2019

Anchorage, AK

The Barber of Seville (Bartolo)

Anchorage Opera

September 2019

Oklahoma City

The Barber of Seville (Bartolo)

Painted Sky Opera

June 2019

Vermont

Cendrillon (Pandolfe)

The Opera Co. of Middlebury

May 2019

Washington State

The Ring of the Nibelung (Alberich)

Pacific Northwest Opera

April 2019

Boston, MA

Hath Not a Jew Eyes

The Shakespeare Concerts

January 2019

Cambridge, MA

La Bohème (Benoit)

Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra

October 2018

Boston, MA

Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Bartolo Cover)

Boston Lyric Opera

September 2018

Vashon Island, WA

La Bohème (Benoit/Alcindoro)

Vashon Opera

July 2018

Saratoga Springs, NY

The Merry Widow (Baron Zeta)

Opera Saratoga

March 2018

Boston, MA

The Threepenny Opera (Walt Dreary/Sawtooth Bob)

Boston Lyric Opera

October 2017

Mt. Vernon, WA

Les Contes d'Hoffman (Luther/Spalanzani/Schlémil/Crespel)

Pacific Northwest Opera

July 2017

Saratoga Springs, NY

Falstaff (Falstaff cover)

Opera Saratoga

July 2017

Saratoga Springs, NY

The Cradle Will Rock (Bugs/Gent)

Opera Saratoga

Photosup close and personal

Résuméprevious roles

RoleOperaCompanyYear
The Major GeneralThe Pirates of PenzanceAnchorage Opera2022
FalstaffFalstaffRaylynmor Opera2022
MagnificoLa CenerentolaFargo-Moorhead Opera2022
BartoloIl Barbiere di SivigliaPacific Northwest Opera2022
The Major GeneralThe Pirates of PenzanceOpera Naples2022
BartoloThe Barber of SevilleOpera Theater of CT2021
BartoloIl Barbiere di SivigliaUnion Avenue Opera2021
TonioI PagliacciRaylynmor Opera2020
PasqualeDon PasqualePacific Northwest Opera2020
BartoloIl Barbiere di SivigliaAnchorage Opera2019
BartoloIl Barbiere di SivigliaPainted Sky Opera2019
PandolfeCendrillonThe Opera Co. of Middlebury2019
AlberichThe Ring of the NibelungPacific Northwest Opera2019
BenoitLa BohèmeBoston Youth Symphony2019
Baron ZetaThe Merry WidowOpera Saratoga2018
BartoloºIl Barbiere di SivigliaBoston Lyric Opera2018
Benoit/AlcindoroLa BohèmeVashon Opera2018
Walt DrearyThe Threepenny OperaBoston Lyric Opera2018
JokesterJack and JillSalt Marsh Opera2018
Lillas PastiaCarmenBoston Youth Symphony2018
FalstaffºFalstaffOpera Saratoga2017
Crespel/Spalanzani/Schlémil/LutherLes Contes d'HoffmanPacific Northwest Opera2017
MagnificoLa CenerentolaBerks Opera Company2017
Bugs/GentThe Cradle Will RockOpera Saratoga2017
Captain EugeneOneginBoston Youth Symphony2017
Ko-KoThe MikadoUnion Avenue Opera2016
MaestroPrima La Musica e poi Le Parole (Salieri)Pacific Opera Project2016
ImpresarioThe ImpresarioPacific Opera Project2016
Jack PointYeoman of the GuardWinter Opera Saint Louis2015
Don MagnificoLa CenerentolaBar Harbor Music Festival2015
CepranoRigolettoUnion Avenue Opera2015
Peter SimpleSir John in LoveOdyssey Opera2015
Don MagnificoLa CenerentolaPacific Northwest Opera2015
Don MagnificoLa CenerentolaSkylight Music Theatre2014
HalyL'Italiana in AlgieriOpera Company of Middlebury2014
Doctor BartoloThe Barber of SevilleOpera for the Young2014
Major General StanleyThe Pirates of PenzanceOpera Providence2013
PandolfeCendrillonOpera for the Young2013
Ko-KoThe MikadoRaylynmor Opera2012
SchaunardLa BohémeBoston Opera Collaborative2012
Peter/WitchHansel and GretelOpera for the Young2012
PongTurandotUnion Avenue Opera2011
Sharplessº, YakusídeMadama ButterflySt. Petersburg Opera2011
MarulloRigolettoSt. Petersburg Opera2011
Major General StanleyThe Pirates of PenzanceUnion Avenue Opera2010
Major General StanleyThe Pirates of PenzanceOpera for the Young2010
Ko-KoºThe MikadoOpera New Jersey2009
Uncle JohnThe Grapes of WrathUniversity of Houston2009
MasettoDon GiovanniArbor Opera Theater2008
Gianni SchicchiGianni SchicchiCypress-Fairbanks Opera2008
Count AlmavivaLe Nozze di FigaroHalifax Summer Opera2008
JupiterOrpheus in the UnderworldUniversity of Houston2008
SnooksA WeddingUniversity of Houston2008
Le MariLes Mamelles de TiresiasUniversity of Houston2007
MarcheseLa TraviataArbor Opera Theater2007
Pirate Kingº, SamuelThe Pirates of PenzanceOpera Cleveland2006
World Premiere Opera
StephanoThe TempestThe Shakespeare Concerts2015
TsarThe Magic MirrorJuventas Opera2013
Leopold BloomUlyssesRoger Rudenstein Recordings2011
SoloistThe Refuge: MexicoHouston Grand Opera Outreach2007
Redwood SonFloridaOpera Cleveland2006
Musical Theatre
Mr. BumbleOliverNew Repertory Theatre2019
TevyeFiddler on the RoofMusic on Norway Pond2018
Hans WagnerEvangelineLongfellow Chorus2016
Chef LouisThe Little MermaidFiddlehead Theatre2015
EnsembleMy Fair LadyLyric Stage Co. of Boston2015
Avram the BooksellerFiddler on the RoofReagle Music Theatre2013
Junior MisterThe Cradle Will RockUniversity of Houston2009
Old Man Strong/EnsembleUrinetown: The MusicalUniversity of Michigan2006
CharlemagnePippinUniversity of Michigan2005
Concert
SoloistThe Shakespeare ConcertsJordan Hall2019
Baritone SoloistBeethoven Symphony no. 9Mid-Columbia Symphony2015
BaritoneBrahms Liebeslieder WaltzesHouston Ballet II2008
Baritone SoloistPetite Messe SolennelleUniversity of Houston2007
Young Artist Programs
Apprentice ArtistOpera SaratogaSaratoga Springs, NY2017
Emerging ArtistSt. Petersburg OperaSt. Petersburg, FL2011
Studio ArtistOpera New JerseyPrinceton, NJ2009
Apprentice ArtistOpera ClevelandCleveland, OH2006
ConductorsStage DirectorsCoaches
Jonathan KhunerScott EdmistonLaurie Rogers
Michael SakirJames DarrahMichelle Alexander
Scott SchoonoverJohn De Los Santos
Dean WilliamsonTim Ocel
Lidiya YankovskayaEd Berkeley
Viswa SubbaramanJosh Shaw
Buck Ross

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ComposerPieceRole
AdamsNixonChou En-lai*
BizetCarmenDancaï re
BlitzsteinThe Cradle Will RockJunior Mister
BockFiddler on the RoofTevye*/Avram
BolcomA WeddingSnooks
ChingMidsummer Night's DreamNick Bottom
DonizettiDon PasqualeMalatesta
GordonGrapes of WrathUncle John
HolmesDrood!Chairman
HollmanUrinetownOld Man Strong
HumperdinckHansel & GretelFather
LeharThe Merry WidowBaron Zeta*
MassenetCendrillonPandolfe
MenottiThe Saint of Bleecker StreetSalvatore
MozartThe Marriage of FigaroIl Conte Almaviva/Figaro*
Don GiovanniMasetto
The ImpresarioFrank*
The Magic FlutePapageno*
MussorgskyBoris GodunovRangoni*
OffenbachOrpheus in the UnderworldJupiter
La PéricholeDon Andrès*
PoulencLes Mamelles de TiresiasLe Mari/Le Gendarme*
ProkovievWar and PeaceNapoleon*
PucciniLa BohèmeSchaunard/Marcello*
Madame ButterflySharpless/Yakuside
TurandotPong/Ping*
Gianni SchicchiGianni Schicchi
Ross/AdlerDamn YankeesSmokey
RossiniIl Turco in ItaliaProsdocimo*
The Barber of SevilleFigaro*/Bartolo*
La CenerentolaDandini*
L'Italiana in AlgieriTaddeo*
SchwartzPippinCharlemagne
SondheimInto the WoodsWolf*
J. StraussDie FledermausDr. Falke*
SullivanThe MikadoKo-ko
The Pirates of PenzanceMajor General/Pirate King/Samuel
IolantheLord Chancellor*
Yeoman of the GuardThe Joker*
VerdiTraviataMarquis D'obigny
RigolettoMarullo
WeillThe Threepenny OperaPeachum*
Concert Repertoire
HaydnThe Seasons
The Creation
MozartRequiem
OrffCarmina Burana*
RossiniPetite Messe Solennelle

* Suggested Roles

Lessonsprivate instruction from Andy

Andy has taught lessons to students of all ages across the country.

Lessons

  • Vocal Technique
    • Breath management and support
    • Vocal registration & sustainable tone production
    • Promoting good habits for Vocal Health
  • Music & Repertoire
    • Classical/Opera
    • Musical Theater
    • Jazz/Pop/Rock
    • Folk/Singer-Songwriter
  • Beginner Piano
    • Fingering & basic techniques
    • Musical notation proficiency
    • Scales, Chords, Arpeggios

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