Bio

Andrew Haji, tenor, is a recent graduate of the Master of Music in Opera program at the University of Toronto Faculty of Music. In 2011, he graduated from the Bachelor of Music in Performance program, also at the University of Toronto.

In November 2012, Andrew was selected as the second prize winner of the Canadian Opera Company‘s second annual Ensemble Studio Competition. He currently works at the COC as a member of the Ensemble Studio for the 2013–2014 season.

Andrew recently appeared as Nemorino in Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore at the University of Toronto Faculty of Music. Earlier in 2012 he appeared as Rob Ford in Rob Ford, the Opera and as Ferrando in Mozart’s Così fan tutte, and in 2011 he performed the roles of Lacouf/Reporter from Paris in Poulenc’s Les mamelles de Tirésias.

During his undergraduate career, Andrew performed in three operas with the University of Toronto Opera Division. In 2009, Andrew appeared as Cecco in Haydn’s Il mondo della luna. In 2010, he appeared as Vanderdendur/Ragotski in Bernstein’s Candide. In 2011, he performed the role of Don Ottavio in Mozart’s Don Giovanni.

This past summer, Andrew attended the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California, and performed the role of Tamino in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte. He received an Encouragement Award in the Marilyn Horne Song Competition held in July.

In the summer of 2012, Andrew performed the role of Tamino (from Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte) at the Accademia Europea dell’Opera in Italy. In the summer of 2011, Andrew performed the role of Don Ottavio in Mozart’s Don Giovanni at the Centre for Opera Studies in Italy in Sulmona, Italy. Andrew had previously attended COSI in 2010, performing the role of Nemorino in Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore.

Andrew’s oratorio engagements include annual performances of Handel’s Messiah, as well as performances of Haydn’s The Creation, Rossini’s Petite messe solennelle, and Mozart’s Great Mass in C minor and Coronation Mass.