As a performer and educator Perth-born Andrew O’Connor is versed in a wide variety of styles and genres. Andrew is a Lay Clerk with St Mary’s Cathedral Choir, Sydney, was an Associate Artist with Pacific Opera in 2019, was the winner of the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Aria Competition 2020, and from mid-2021 joined the newly formed Australian Vocal Ensemble (AVÉ) who have recently released their debut recording and will be touring nationally in 2022. From 2015 – 2019 he was a core member of The Song Company, and has since developed a busy freelance career encompassing opera, the concert platform, vocal chamber music, and the classroom. Praised for his 'remarkable musicianship' (Limelight Magazine) and 'textured, fine-wine bass baritone' (Arts Hub) he appears regularly with virtually all of Sydney's leading music organisations.
Recent and upcoming engagements with Pinchgut Opera include the entirety of the scheduled 20th Anniversary Season: with three roles in Cavalli's The Loves of Apollo and Dafne, joining Cantillation for Rameau's Plateé and Monteverdi's 1610 Vespers. Other recent highlights include Bach's St John Passion with Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, Handel's Messiah with Sydney Chamber Choir, Royal Melbourne Philharmonic, Song Company, and Canberra Choral Society, Faure’s Requiem with Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Orff's Carmina Burana with the Canberra Youth Orchestra, Pärt's Passio with Song Company, the premiere of Katy Abbott's Hidden Thoughts at the Canberra International Music Festival, and a number of projects with Bach Akademie Australia, Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, and Vocal Detour.
Further operatic experience includes five years of main stage and regional touring with West Australian Opera and a wide span of roles with independent companies including Caronte (L'Orfeo), Polyphemus (Acis & Galatea), Papageno (Die Zauberflöte), Figaro (Le Nozze di Figaro), Don Magnifico (La Cenerentola), Zeus (Orphée aux Enfers), Die Totengraber (Der Rose Pilgerfahrt), Pooh Bah (The Mikado) and, three roles in Graeme Koehne’s Love Burns, originating the roles of Bill (Dreamers of the Day) and Daniel (Plains of Promise). He has sung with Opera Australia in productions of Verdi's Attila and Alan John's Eighth Wonder, the semi-chorus of Brett Dean's Hamlet for the Adelaide Festival, and with Cantillation in Handel's Theodora.
A passionate believer in the power and place of music education for all ages Andrew has been engaged in an educational capacity by Gondwana National Choirs, Sydney Children's Choir, St Mary's Cathedral Choir, Sydney Grammar School, St Aloysius College Kirribilli, Leichhardt Espresso Chorus, Luminescence Children's Choir, the Perth Choral Institute and more – and he tours, records, and performs regularly throughout Regional NSW as part of the award-winning Moorambilla Voices program – which is very close to his heart.
Outside of music, Andrew is always on the hunt for an excellent coffee, a great bowl of pasta, a new favourite red wine, tickets to the latest theatrical hit in Sydney, or a long coastal walking track.
Photo by Jasmin Simmons
Pinchgut Opera acknowledges the Gadigal people of the Eora nation, the first story-tellers and singers of songs. We pay our respects to elders past, present, and emerging.