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Andrew Radley (Counter-tenor)

Born: London, England

The English counter-tenor, Andrew Radley, read Music at Clare College, Cambridge (Class of 2000), where he was a choral scholar, before receiving scholarships to the postgraduate and opera courses at the Royal Academy of Music in London (Class of 2004). He participated in an Erasmus exchange to the Paris Conservatoire (CNSMDP), where he studied with Pierre Mervant. He continues to learn with Noelle Barker, OBE.

Andrew Radley specialises in the great opera roles written for the alto castrato voice by George Frideric Handel and other leading composers of the 17th and 18th Centuries. His operatic roles have included Gandarte in G.F. Handelís Poro for the Göttingen Handel Festival with the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin conducted by Konrad Junghänel; the title role in G.F. Handelís Flavio and Joachim in G.F. Handelís Susanna for the Early Opera Company conducted by Christian Curnyn (Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, and the Lichfield, Iford, Cheltenham and Salisbury Festivals); the title role in Gluckís Orfeo at the Spitalfields Festival; the title role in G.F. Handelís Tamerlano for the Cambridge Handel Opera Group; Halimacus (cover) in Reinhard Keiserís Croesus for Opera North with Harry Bicket; First Wise Man and covering the roles of Daniel and Cyrus in a production of G.F. Handelís Belshazzar with René Jacobs at the Aix-en-Provence and Innsbruck Festivals and at the Berlin Staatsoper; Nireno in G.F. Handel's Giulio Cesare with the Freiburger Barockorchester under René Jacobs in Paris, Madrid, Valladolid and Castellón; and the title role in G.F. Handelís Orlando for the Opera Theatre Company Ireland.

Among Andrew Radley's concert engagements are a recital in the Winchester Festival; J.S. Bachís Mass in B minor (BWV 232) at St Martin-in-the-Fields; G.F. Handel and Alessandro Scarlatti cantatas in the London Handel Festival directed by Laurence Cummings; G.F. Handelís Dixit Dominus at Snape Maltings with Richard Egarr (broadcast on BBC Radio 3); J.S. Bachís St Matthew Passion (BWV 244) with the Britten Sinfonia at Ely Cathedral; and the role of Daniel in G.F. Handelís Belshazzar at the Dartington Festival, with Graeme Jenkins. His recent performances include Refugee in Jonathan Doveís Flight for British Youth Opera conducted by Nicholas Cleobury, Orindo in G.F. Handelís Admeto at the Göttingen Handel Festival and the Edinburgh Festival conducted by Nicholas McGegan, Didymus in Theodora with Laurence Cummings at the opening concert of the 2009 London Handel Festival and in Oslo, Medoro in Orlando with Opera Theatre Company Ireland and Christian Curnyn at the Buxton Festival, and J.S. Bachís St John Passion (BWV 245) with Arsys Bourgogne conducted by Pierre Cao.

Recent engagements include G.F. Handelís Israel in Egypt with Arsys Bourgogne conducted by Pierre Cao, Edward in Arneís Alfred with the Classical Opera Company and Ian Page, Carmina Burana at Cadogan Hall, Messiah with the Bachchor Mainz, Arsamene in Xerxes for Iford Festival Opera in a new production by David Freeman. He has also made his house debut as Hamor in Jephtha for the Royal Danish Opera in a production directed by Katie Mitchell, conducted by Lars Ulrik Mortensen.

Engagements this year and beyond include Medoro in Orlando for Scottish Opera conducted by Paul Goodwin, Nireno in Giulio Cesare for Opera North and Ottone in Agrippina with the Cambridge Handel Opera Group. His first solo CD Conversazioni 1 has been released this summer on Avie Records to great critical acclaim. He currently lives in London, England.

Source: Anmdrew Radley Website (2011); All Photos: Ben Harte
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (October 2015)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works




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Member of Le Concert d'Astrée:
V-1 (2006):
BWV 243

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