A un dottor

by Andrew W. Potter | Il Barbiere di Siviglia

“a lithe, powerful bass voice with both authority and beauty.”

M.D. Ridge

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Andrew W. Potter – Biography 

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. Opera Roanoke then cast him in the fall of 2014 to sing the role of the Frog King in the World Premiere of The Three Feathers. Bel Cantanti Opera in Washington, DC cast Andrew in the role of Ariodate, in Handel’s Serse, and has since been back on multiple occasions to perform the roles of  Uberto in La Serva Padrona,  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; both roles being reprisals of Andrew’s previous performances with in with Tidewater Opera Initiative.

In August of 2014, Andrew made his West coast debut and his professional role debut of Sarastro in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte in San Diego, California with Opera NEO. He also made his role debut of Ramphis in Verdi’s Aida in Pittsburgh, PA.

Upcoming engagements in the 2014-15 season for Andrew include covering the role of Osmin and singing the role of Larkens with Des Moines Metro Opera, Fiorello and covering the role of Bartolo in Il Barbiere di Siviglia with St. Petersburg Opera, Zoroastro in Handel’s Orlando with Boulder Opera Company, Colline in La Bohéme with Connecticut Lyric Opera, Escamillo in Bizet’s Carmen and Argante in Handel’s Rinaldo with Opera NEO,  and Il Commendatore in Don Giovanni with Bel Cantanti Opera.

Andrew is under the management of Leota Arts Management in Chicago.