APRIL 2018 YOUNG ARTIST
Andrew Dickson | baritone
Andrew is a baritone who began his career performing music theatre. He is currently studying for a Graduate Diploma in Classical Vocal at the Australian Institute of Music. In 2016 Andrew won the Penrith City Aria Prize. That year he also placed second in the Penrith Eisteddfod Lieder Prize and 3rd in the Art Song Prize.
Andrew has performed with the Armenian Opera and Ballet National Academic Theatre Orchestra, as a principal artist for Willoughby Theatre Company, Chatswood Musical Society, Mosman Musical Society and Riverside Lyric Ensemble. Roles include 'Skye Masterson' in Guys and Dolls and 'The Pirate King' in The Pirates of Penzance, for which Andrew was described as “most electricon entry and with magnetic performance maintained throughout” by Sydney Arts Guide.
For the past four years, Andrew has studied privately with legendary Armenian Soprano Professor Arax Mansourian.
1. What have you been up to lately, performance-wise, and what's coming up?
Mostly performing with Pacific Opera and working on my study. Some early highlights for me have included the opportunity to perform with Willoughby Symphony in the chorus for the Symphony Gala, the 'Shakespeare & Friends' concert by Pacific Opera in the Utzon Room at Sydney Opera House, and singing on Sydney Trains with the group to promote the Arts Week block party in St. Leonards.
2. Who is your favourite singer, and why?
There are too many to name. A few who I have really enjoyed listening to would include Luciano Pavarotti, Jon Vickers, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Bryn Terfel, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Jose Carbo, Yvonne Kenny and Arax Mansurian. What I love is that there is a such a rich history of beautiful classical singers. There is always another great singer/great interpretation to discover. I also love listening to the great vocalists from other genres such as Freddie Mercury, Elton John, Frankie Valli and Louis Armstrong. I have also enjoyed listening to all the performances of the other PO artists and staff this year so far who I think are all amazing.
3. What show has impacted you the most as an audience member?
There are a few. Seeing Phantom of the Opera when I was about eight made a huge impact. I found it very haunting and the music and the themes have stayed with me. The first opera I saw was Turandot and it hooked me on opera. Seeing Don Carlo at La Scala, Turandot on Sydney Harbour, Sweeney Todd in London and Die Tote Stadt and Porgy and Bess at Sydney Opera House have all been incredible experiences.
4. What experiences do you think have shaped you the most as a performer?
I think every performance and its preparation is a continual learning experience. If I had to name one, it would be performing in Armenia for my singing teacher’s 50th anniversary concert. I felt very out of my depth but it was an amazing experience and I was fortunate to be able to perform with a wonderful group of singers who also helped me to put my best foot forward for the event.
I love pretty much anything by Mozart, Puccini, Verdi, Korngold and Gershwin.
May 2018 - Rebecca Hart
April 2018 - Andrew Dickson
March 2018 - Rebecca MacCallion
February 2018 - Sophie Salvesani
November 2017 - Bree Meara-Hendy
October 2017 - Livia Brash
September 2017 - Daniela Leska
August 2017 - Emily Turner
July 2017 - Barbara Jin
June 2017 - Caleb Son
May 2017 - Laura Scandizzo
April 2017 - Ryan O'Donnell
March 2017 - Claire Chehade-James
February 2017 - Christopher Curcuruto
August 2016 - Elizabeth Smalley
July 2016 - Charlotte Merz
June 2016 - Sarah Ampil
May 2016 - Nicholas Tolputt
April 2016 - Rebecca Moret
March 2016 - Bree Meara-Hendy
December 2015 - Sarah Wang