Andrew Haji, Canadian tenor, is quickly becoming one of the most sought-after voices on both the operatic and concert stages. A graduate of the Canadian Opera Company (COC) Ensemble Studio, Andrew’s recent operatic roles include Rodolfo in Puccini’s La bohème (Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, 2016), Alfredo in Verdi’s La traviata (COC, 2015), Count Almaviva in the Ensemble Studio performance of Rossini’s The Barber of Seville (COC, 2015), Rodriguez in Massenet’s Don Quichotte (COC, 2014), and Ferrando in the Ensemble Studio performance of Mozart’s Così fan tutte (COC, 2014). Later this year, Andrew will make his Wexford Festival Opera debut as Hélios in Félicien David’s Herculanum, and in early 2017 he will return to the COC stage as Tamino in Mozart’s The Magic Flute.
Andrew graduated from the University of Toronto Faculty of Music in 2013 with a Master of Music in Opera degree, and in 2011 with a Bachelor of Music in Performance degree. His University of Toronto opera credits include Nemorino in Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore, Rob Ford in Rob Ford, the Opera, Ferrando in Mozart’s Così fan tutte, Lacouf/Reporter from Paris in Poulenc’s Les mamelles de Tirésias, Don Ottavio in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Vanderdendur/Ragotski in Bernstein’s Candide, and Cecco in Haydn’s Il mondo della luna.
Andrew performed the role of Count Almaviva with the Salzburg Festival Young Singers Project in July and August, 2015. In the summer of 2014, Andrew performed the role of Rodolfo in Puccini’s La bohème at the Centre for Opera Studies in Italy. He had previously attended COSI, performing the roles of Don Ottavio in Mozart’s Don Giovanni in 2011 and Nemorino in Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore in 2010. He has also recently performed the role of Tamino in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte both at the Music Academy of the West in 2013 and at the Accademia Europea dell’Opera in 2012.
In September 2014, Andrew was the recipient of the Grand Prix, the Press Prize, and the Junior Jury Prize at the 50th International Vocal Competition in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands. In July 2013, Andrew received an Encouragement Award in the Marilyn Horne Song Competition held at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California. In November 2012, he was selected as the second prize winner of the Canadian Opera Company’s second annual Ensemble Studio Competition.
Andrew’s recent and upcoming oratorio engagements include performances of Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s The Creation, Verdi’s Requiem, Puccini’s Messa di Gloria, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Rossini’s Petite messe solennelle, Bach’s St Matthew Passion, and Mozart’s Requiem, Great Mass in C minor, and Coronation Mass.