The German bass-baritone, Andreas Schmidt, studied singing with Ingeborg Reichelt and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau.
Andreas Schmidt made his opera debut in 1984 as Malatesta in Don Pasquale with the Deutsche Oper Berlin and subsequently became a member of that company, appearing in such roles as Guglielmo in Così fan tutte, Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro, Wolfram in Tannhäuser, Posa in Don Carlos, and Marcello in La Bohème. As a guest, he has appeared with the Hamburg State Opera, German State Opera of Berlin, Bavarian State Opera, Vienna State Opera, Grand Theátre Genève, Royal Opera Covent Garden, Opera de Paris, Gran Teatre del Liceu Barcelona, La Scala Milan, and the Metropolitan Opera. In concert, he has performed with such North American orchestras as the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and Cleveland Orchestra; in Europe he has appeared with nearly all the leading orchestras.
Andreas Schmidt made his San Francisco Symphony Orchestra in October 1999, in J.S. Bach's St. Matthew Passion (BWV 244), with Peter Schreier conducting. Tours have taken him to the major European music capitals as well as to those of North and South America, Israel, and Japan. Besides his engagements as an opera and concert singer, he performs frequently as a recitalist, collaborating with Rudolf Jansen, Geoffrey Parsons, Daniel Barenboim, Jörg Demus, Roger Vignoles, and Helmut Deutsch. He is also a frequent guest at music festivals, including those of Aix-en-Provence, Bayreuth, Edinburgh, Glyndebourne, and Salzburg.
Andreas Schmidt has recorded for Deutsche Grammophon, EMI, Sony, BMG, Decca, Philips, Teldec, and Hänssler. His recordings of concert music include Johannes Brahms's A German Requiem, J.S. Bach's Saint Matthew Passion (BWV 244), and Gustav Mahler's Des Knaben Wunderhorn; his opera recordings include Tannhäuser, Le Nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni, Die Zauberflöte, and Fidelio; and his recital albums include the three Schubert cycles and a forthcoming release of the complete songs of Richard Strauss.