Australian bass-baritone Andrew Collis was a member of the Cologne Opera from 1993 to 2007. He has also performed with opera companies in Berlin, Dortmund, Düsseldorf, Essen, Frankfurt, Mannheim and Wiesbaden and in concerts in Bonn, Strasbourg, Stuttgart, and Cologne with James Conlon, including in the award-winning recording of Zemlinsky's Der Zwerg for EMI.
Andrew’s international performances have included appearances at the Vienna Festival in Luigi Nono's Intolleranza; HK Festival in Tosca and Un Ballo in Maschera; Perth Festival as soloist with the Prague Chamber Orchestra; the roles of Colline (La bohème) and Hobson (Peter Grimes) for San Diego Opera; performances in the Lyric Opera of Singapore's production of Die Zauberflöte; and St John Passion in the Canary Islands.
In addition to his operatic repertoire, Andrew has an extensive list of concert and oratorio performances to his credit, including St. Matthew Passion, St. John Passion, Magnificat, Coffee Cantata and Mass in B minor of Bach, Messiah, Samson and Semele by Handel, Die Schöpfung, Stabat Mater and Masses by Haydn, Beethoven’s Symphony no. 9 and Missa Solemnis, Mozart’s Requiem and Mendelssohn’s Erste Walpurgis Nacht, with orchestras including the Adelaide, Melbourne, Tasmanian and West Australian Symphony orchestras, and at the Perth and New Zealand International Arts Festivals.
On the opera stage in Australia, he has performed Friar Laurence (Roméo et Juliette) , Dr Kolenatý (The Makropulos Affair) and Mr Flint (Billy Budd) for Opera Australia; the title roles in Don Pasquale and Le Nozze di Figaro, Ashby (La Fanciulla del West), Angelotti (Tosca), Dr Dulcamara (L’Elisir D’amore), Doctor Grenvil (La Traviata), Monterone (Rigoletto), Colline (La bohème), Frank, (Die Fledermaus), Zaccaria (Nabucco), Basilio (Il Barbiere di Siviglia), Achilla (Giulio Cesare) and Zuniga (Carmen) for Opera Queensland; Swallow (Peter Grimes), Count Rodolfo (La Sonnambula), Sarastro (Die Zauberflöte) for West Australian Opera; Speaker (The Magic Flute), Luka (The Bear), Leporello (Don Giovanni) and Duke Bluebeard (Bluebeard’s Castle), for Victorian Opera; Count Rodolfo, Crespel/Luther/Spalanzani (The Tales of Hoffmann) and Fasolt (Das Rheingold on Melba Recordings) for State Opera of South Australia.
Andrew’s recent engagements include the roles of Lodovico (Otello), Angelotti, and Sparafucile (Rigoletto) for West Australian Opera; soloist in semi-staged performances of Bach’s St Matthew Passion, Monterone, Don Magnifico (Cinderella), Lodovico, Banquo (Macbeth), Zuniga and Colline for Opera Queensland; Henry Kissinger (Nixon in China), Nick Shadow (Rake’s Progress) and the title role in Le Nozze di Figaro for Victorian Opera; Speaker for Opera Australia; Mars (Orpheus in the Underworld) for State Opera of South Australia; Messiah with New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, QSO and Canberra Choral Society, Haydn’s Harmoniemesse with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Bach’s St Matthew Passion with the Melbourne Bach Choir and St John Passion with Trinity College of the University of Melbourne.
In 2015 Andrew’s roles include Bonze (Madama Butterfly) for Perth International Arts Festival with West Australian Opera, Basilio for West Australian Opera’s Opera in the Park, Don Magnifico (La Cenerentola) for NBR New Zealand Opera, Bartolo (The Marriage of Figaro) for West Australian Opera and St. John Passion with Sydney Philharmonia Choirs.
Andrew will sing the role of Valens in Theodora for Pinchgut Opera in December 2016.