Melbourne baritone Andrew Moran completed a Bachelor of Music at the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts in 2003 and subsequently enrolled in the Graduate Diploma in Music (Opera Studies) at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, where he sang Don Alfonso in Così fan tutte.
While studying in Perth, Andrew made numerous appearances with the Academy including as Simone in Gianni Schicchi, Ottone in L’incoronazione di Poppea, Olin Blitch in Floyd’s Susannah, Frank Maurrant in Street Scene and Orféo in Monteverdi’s L’Orféo. In 2001 he made his debut with West Australian Opera as Count Almaviva in the schools production of The Marriage of Figaro. Subsequently, he sang the roles of the Customs Official in La bohème, Plumeaux in the world premiere of Nostradamus, and the Maitre d’Hotel in The Merry Widow, as well as being a chorus member in La bohème, Nostradamus, Il Trovatore, The Merry Widow, Cavalleria Rusticana, I Pagliacci and Opera in the Park.
During this period he also became a regular guest soloist with St George’s Cathedral where he sang Messiah (Handel), Petite Messe Solennelle (Rossini), Mass in C Minor (Mozart), Mass in A Major and Christmas Oratorio (Bach), Five Mystical Songs (Vaughan Williams), and the Requiems of Fauré, Duruflé, Michael Haydn and Mozart.
Andrew has considerable experience as a recitalist, having performed for WA Lieder Society, the Giovanni Consort (Schumann’s Dichterliebe), Alliance Francaise (Poulenc’s La Bal Masque) as well as having recorded a recital for the ABC Young Australia Series. He has also been the recipient of numerous scholarships notably in the Mathy Awards at the Australian Singing Competition where he was awarded the Phoebe Patrick Award and the Goethe Institute Award, the Royal Overseas League Music Bursary, the Britten-Pears Aldeburgh Young Artist Program Award, the Glyndebourne Festival Prize and the 4MBS Classic FM Award.
In 2005 he returned to WA Opera to sing the role of Morales in Carmen, and again in 2009 to perform Zurga in The Pearlfishers. He was also the baritone soloist at Opera in the Vineyard, Stanthorpe and in Israel in Egypt for Macquarie University and St John Passion for Sydney Philharmonia.
Andrew joined Opera Australia in 2005, and his roles since then have included Dr Bartolo (The Barber of Seville), Marcello (La bohème), Papageno (The Magic Flute), Mr Lindquist (A Little Night Music), Ned Keene (Peter Grimes), Starveling and Demetrius (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Sciarrone (Tosca), Sid (La fanciulla del West), Marullo (Rigoletto), the Messenger (La traviata), the Gamekeeper (Rusalka), Amantio di Nicolao (Gianni Schicchi), Antonio (The Gondolier), Christian (Un Ballo in Maschera), Morales (Carmen), Herald (Otello), First Mate (Billy Budd), and Sharpless, Yamadori and the Imperial Commissioner (Madama Butterfly).
Most recently Andrew performed the roles of Ping in Turandot, Dr Bartolo in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Starveling in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Sharpless in Madama Butterfly, Cappadocian in Salome for Opera Australia and Pooh Bah in The Mikado for Opera Queensland.
Andrew’s 2013 engagements for Opera Australia will include Fra Melitone in La forza del destino.