“…Andrew Potter’s lithe, powerful bass voice had both authority and beauty.”
About Andrew W. Potter
Andrew is a bass vocalist of increasing demand living in Virginia. He got his start in the studio of Dr. Wayne Kompelien at Liberty University’s School of Music, where he performed on numerous occasions in Liberty’s renowned Tower Theatre as the Pirate King in Pirates of Penzance, Poo Bah in The Mikado, and Baron Mirko Zeta in The Merry Widow.
In 2012, Andrew was cast by Opera on the James in their performance of Die Fledermaus as a chorus member and dancer. Opera on the James then re-cast him in their Spring production of The Magic Flute as The Second Armored Man. In their 2013-14 season, Opera on the James cast Andrew as Betto in Gianni Schicchi, Mr. Dashwood in Mark Adamo’s Little Women, and the Big Bad Bully in Stop Bully – an outreach opera performed in schools and community centers.
In January of 2013, Andrew was awarded a position with Opera Roanoke’s Young Apprentice Artist Program, singing across Central Virginia in places like Roanoke’s Elmwood Park, Smith Mountain Lake, and the Taubman museum of art. Since that time, Opera Roanoke cast him as The Sergeant in their production of Pirates of Penzance, and awarded him the cover role of the Pirate King. Opera Roanoke would continue to cast Mr. Potter in their Fall Performance of Die Zauberflöte, having him cover the role of Sarastro, while reprising his role of the Second Armored Man. In the Spring of 2014, Andrew continued his work with Opera Roanoke, performing the role of Curio and covering the role of Achilla in Julius Caesar. Bel Cantanti Opera in Washington, DC cast Andrew in the role of Ariodate, in Handel’s Serse, and upon his performance immediately cast him again in their June production of L’enfant et les sortilèges. Luray Opera Theatre cast Andrew and hailed his comedic antics as Simone in Gianni Schicchi and invited him back to sing the role of Don Alfonso in Cosi fan Tutte; a role that Andrew performed the previous year with Tidewater Opera Initiative.
Upcoming roles for Andrew include Sarastro in San Diego, California; before returning to the east coast to reprise his role of Simone in Gianni Schicchi with Tidewater Opera Initiative. In the fall, Andrew will sing the leading role of The Frog King in The Frog and Three Feathers with Opera Roanoke. He will also be making his professional role debut of Mephistopheles in Concert Opera Philadelphia’s production of Faust. Andrew is currently under the professional vocal instruction of Rick Christman in Washington, DC.