Born in Wellington, London-based mezzo-soprano Bianca Andrew completed her undergraduate studies at the New Zealand School of Music, after which she went on to join New Zealand Opera as a Freemasons Dame Malvina Major Emerging Artist. Bianca is a graduate of the Opera Studies programme at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and will represent the School as a Guildhall Artist Fellow in 2017/18.
Bianca’s recent operatic performances include: Radamisto Radamisto, Flycap The Tale of Januarie (world première), Philomène Alexandre Bis, Neighbour Mavra, and Laura Iolanta with Guildhall Opera; Meg Page Falstaff with the Cambridge Philharmonic; Romeo I Capuleti e i Montecchi with Days Bay Opera; and Kate Pinkerton Madame Butterfly with New Zealand Opera.
Bianca is known for her engaging performances in both operatic and recital repertoire, and was the winner of the Song Prize in the 2016 Kathleen Ferrier Awards with her duo partner, pianist Dylan Perez. In 2017, Bianca was one of four singers selected for the Guildhall School’s prestigious Gold Medal competition.
On the concert platform, Bianca has given performances with all the major orchestras in New Zealand in repertoire from Messiah to Mahler’s 2nd Symphony. She has appeared with the London Symphony Orchestra, recording Schumann’s Das Paradies und die Peri with Sir Simon Rattle for LSO Live, and as a soloist in Tippett’s A Child of Our Time. She has been a recitalist at the Wigmore Hall, the Sage Gateshead and the Barbican Concert Hall.
In July, Bianca returns to New Zealand to perform as the Madrigal Singer in Manon Lescaut with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra. Highlights further ahead include a recital for Samling at the Wigmore Hall in November, and a tour of 20th Century vocal compositions with STROMA for Chamber Music New Zealand in 2018.
Bianca is a Samling Artist, a Kiwi Music Scholar and recipient of the Gwen Catley Scholarship from the Amar-Franses Foster-Jenkins Trust. She continues to receive generous mentorship and support from Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and the Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation. Bianca is grateful to the Hunn Educational Trust, the Dame Malvina Major Foundation and many generous individuals who have made her studies in New Zealand and London possible.