Members will recall young baritone, Andrew Finden, who received an honourable mention in the Choir’s Joan Carden Award (JCA) in 2007, and as a consequence was given the chance to make an important contribution to our exciting performance of Haydn’s Die Schöpfung (The Creation) in August of that year, singing the roles of Raphael and Adam.
Andrew subsequently went to study in London and Nuremberg and last year was awarded a two year contract to sing as a soloist with the Badisches Staatstheater in Karlsruhe, one of the most important regional opera houses in Germany. He reports that, after performing a number of smallish roles in 2012, he has a very busy season ahead of him in 2013. Among other roles, Andrew will be singing Papageno in The Magic Flute and the Count in The Marriage of Figaro, as well as Ned Keene in a new production of Peter Grimes, and what he describes as a “decent role” in The Passenger, the 1968 opera by Polish composer, Mieczyslaw Weinberg, on the Holocaust (the more one hears about the Karlsruhe opera company, the more impressively ambitious it turns out to be.)
Andrew looks forward to singing with the Choir again but his success in Karlsruhe means that, for the time being, he has less opportunities to return to Australia . It is very good to see a JCA veteran doing so well in his professional career.