Exultate Singers and Exultate Chamber Ensemble, conducted by David Ogden 2011. By kind permission
La Nuova Musica at the Wigmore Hall. By permission of BBC Radio 3, 2016
“...Andrew Tortise’s compelling account of the Prologue, three minutes that can pass for very little in performance. Tortise sang superbly as Quint for the rest of the evening, too, the frequent passages of melisma that Britten gives the character stripped of all archness and affectation and delivered with an ease of voice production that rendered their malevolant insinuations all the more unsettling.”
Andrew Tortise was a choral scholar at Wells Cathedral and graduated from Trinity College, Cambridge in 2002. He studied singing first with Ashley Stafford and then with Iris dell’Acqua.
Recent and future highlights include:
- Marzio Mitridate; Spirit of the Masque Britten Gloriana; Idiot Boris Godunov – Royal Opera, Covent Garden
- Britten Les Illuminations; Aufidio J.C. Bach Lucio Silla – Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra – Ivor Bolton
- Ferrando Così fan tutte; David Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg – Welsh National Opera
- Bach St John Passion (Evangelist & arias) – Monteverdi Choir – Sir John Eliot Gardiner
- Peter Quint Britten The Turn of the Screw – Lyon Opera
- Lurcanio Handel Ariodante; Novice Billy Budd; Jenik Makropulos Case – Dutch National Opera
Concert plans this season and beyond include tenor soloist for Bach St Matthew Passion with the Rotterdam Philharmonic and Richard Egarr; Haydn Nelson Mass with the Bach Choir and David Hill; and Bach cantatas with Les Violons du Roy in Quebec conducted by Jonathan Cohen. He will also return to the Royal Opera, Covent Garden to sing Normanno Lucia di Lammermoor and Eurimaco Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria.
Recent highlights include The Spirit of the Masque in Britten Gloriana and Simpleton Boris Godunov with Antonio Pappano for the Royal Opera, Covent Garden; Bach Christmas Oratorio staged at the Theater an der Wien; Novice Billy Budd, Janek The Makropulos Case and Lurcanio Ariodante for Dutch National Opera. He has also sung Peter Quint The Turn of the Screw for Lyon Opera; David Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg and Ferrando Così fan tutte for Welsh National Opera and Lucano Poppea and the tenor arias in Bach St Matthew Passion for Glyndebourne Festival Opera.
On the concert platform he has sung Beethoven Missa Solemnis with the CBSO and Choral Fantasy at the 2015 Edinburgh International Festival; Mozart Requiem with the Philharmonia Orchestra, the LSO and Sir Colin Davis; Britten Les Illuminations with the Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra and Ivor Bolton; Haydn Paukenmesse with the BBC SSO and Bernard Labadie; Monteverdi L’Orfeo and Vespers at L’Opéra Royal de Versailles with the Monteverdi Choir and Sir John Eliot Gardiner; Acis in Handel Acis and Galatea with Academy of Ancient Music and Richard Egarr and Britten Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings with both the AAM and Aarhus Symphony Orchestra.
Andrew’s regular Bach appearances include Mass in B Minor and Magnificat with the SCO and Richard Egarr; St Matthew Passion on a European tour with Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Mark Padmore; Evangelist St Matthew Passion in Lisbon; St Matthew Passion (arias) with the Residentie Orchestra, the Gabrieli Consort and Players and The Monteverdi Choir; Christmas Oratorio with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and Evangelist and arias in Bach St John Passion with Sir John Eliot Gardner, and with the Dunedin Consort at the 2017 BBC Proms.