“…Andrew Potter’s lithe, powerful bass voice had both authority and beauty.”
About Andrew W. Potter
A bass vocalist of increasing demand, Andrew Potter is a true Basso that has been hailed by audiences and critics across the country for a larger-than-life stage presence and a powerful, lithe voice.
In his beginnings at Liberty University he got a taste of the stage performing roles like the Pirate King in Pirates of Penzance, Poo Bah in The Mikado, and Baron Mirko Zeta in The Merry Widow while pursuing his BA of Vocal Performance.
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 Andrew 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 as Le fauteuil & L’abre. 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 in 2013 with Tidewater Opera Initiative.
In August of 2014, Andrew made his West coast debut, as well as his professional role debut of Sarastro in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte in San Diego, California with Opera NEO.
Upcoming roles in the 2014-15 season for Andrew include Simone in Gianni Schicchi with Tidewater Opera Initiative, the Frog King in the World Premiere of The Three Feathers and Osmin in Die Entführung aus dem Serail with Opera Roanoke, Ramfis with Undercroft Opera in Aida, Mephistopheles in Concert Opera Philadelphia’s production of Faust, Zoroastro in Handel’s Orlando with Boulder Opera Company, Colline in La Bohéme with Connecticut Lyric Opera, and Il Commendatore in Don Giovanni with Bel Cantanti Opera.