Andrew PickettBertarido (Rodelinda 2016) countertenor
Andrew received his Master of Music in Vocal Literature and Performance from the University of Western Ontario, and then proceeded to the Royal College of Music, London, England where he obtained his graduate diploma, studying with Ashley Stafford. He has coached with such notable experts in the vocal Baroque as Dame Emma Kirkby, James Bowman, Michael Chance and Daniel Taylor.
Andrew has performed major roles in operas by Monteverdi, Alessandro Scarlatti, Hasse, Handel, Purcell and Jonathan Dove, and been a soloist in works by Purcell, Charpentier, Handel, Orff, Britten, and Bach (Mass in B Minor and St John Passion) in the UK, Europe, and Canada. His performances in 2011 included Handel Judas Maccabeus, Bach St Matthew Passion, and Purcell The Fairy Queen, and he looks forward to his first Oberon next summer in Halifax in Britten A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Although his primary training is in opera and oratorio, he is also a versatile ensemble and chamber music singer, performing internationally with the jazz/early music fusion quartet The 1607 Ensemble. He was a Britten-Pears Young Artist and Brighton Early Music Festival Young Artist.
Andrew now makes his home in Nova Scotia, where he has given recitals, masterclasses and workshops on intonation and Baroque style. He is a vocal coach for the Chapel Choir of the University of King’s College, Halifax, served as the resident vocal consultant this summer at the New Brunswick Early Music Festival in St. Andrews, and has recently become the youngest board member of the Early Music Society of Nova Scotia.