Welsh tenor Andrew Rees made his Royal Opera debut in 2011 as Doctor Yes (Anna Nicole, world premiere). He has since sung Ulrich Eisslinger (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg) and Froh (Das Rheingold) for The Royal Opera, and sang in 'Diana and Actaeon' (Metamorphosis: Titian 2012) for The Royal Ballet.
Rees was born in Carmarthen and studied at the Royal Northern College of Music, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and on English National Opera’s Jerwood Young Singers Programme, becoming a company principal for ENO 2004–6. Engagements include Števa (Jenůfa) in Tel Aviv, Boris (Kát’a Kabanová) and Sergei (Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk) in St Gallen and Weimar, Siegmund (Die Walküre) for Longborough Festival, Jimmy (Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny) for Angers-Nantes Opéra, Kudrjáš (Kát’a Kabanová) and Eisslinger for Welsh National Opera, Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly) in New Zealand, Lawyer (Punch and Judy) in Porto, Ismaele (Nabucco) and Kudrjáš for Opera Holland Park and Melot (Tristan und Isolde), Goro (Madama Butterfly) and Bob Boles (Peter Grimes) for Grange Park Opera and Macduff (Macbeth) for Northern Ireland Opera.
Concert engagements include Tristan and Isolde and Tannhäuser with Donald Runnicles and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Parsifal with Mark Elder and the Hallé Orchestra at the BBC Proms, Blond Eckbert in Hamburg, The Dream of Gerontius in Dublin with Sakari Oramo at the Finlandia Hall, Cavaradossi (Tosca) with Oramo and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Macduff (Macbeth) for Chelsea Opera Group and Verdi’s Requiem. Rees conducts the choir Coro and is a keen tennis player.
Andrew Rees as Doctor Yes and Eva-Maria Westbroek as Anna Nicole in Anna Nicole © ROH / Bill Cooper 2011
Andrew Rees in Anna Nicole, The Royal Opera © ROH/Bill Cooper, 2014
Eric Halfvarson as Fafner, Andrew Rees as Froh, Iain Paterson as Fasolt, Bryn Terfel as Wotan, Peter Coleman-Wright as Donner, Stig Andersen as Loge and Sarah Connolly as Fricka © Clive Barda/ROH 2012
Ann Petersen as Freia, Andrew Rees as Froh, Stig Andersen as Loge, Bryn Terfel as Wotan, Iain Paterson as Fasolt and Sarah Connolly as Fricka © Clive Barda/ROH 2012