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Andrew W. Potter

Lyric Basso

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My Biography

Bass Andrew Potter has garnered increasing demand across the country for his larger-than-life stage presence and voice to match. This season is set to establish Potter as one of the premier basses in the opera world today, with major house débuts at Dallas Opera as Angelotti in Tosca, The Atlanta Opera as Quince in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Detroit Opera as Harašta in The Cunning Little Vixen, and the Santa Fe Opera for both Der Rosenkavalier and the world premiere of The Righteous, in which he covers Greer Grimsley’s lead role of Paul. Additionally, Potter returns to Opera Santa Barbara as Ferrando in Il trovatore and Vero Beach Opera as the Commendatore in Don Giovanni. He also joins the Fort Worth Symphony as Hunding in Act I of Die Walküre and Pacific Symphony as Colline in La bohème.

Last season included several important house débuts: joining Seattle Opera as Abimelech in Samson et Dalila and in their world premiere of A Thousand Splendid Suns, as well as Portland Opera as Vodnik in Rusalka. Additionally, Potter joined Livermore Valley Opera as Belcore in L’elisir d’amore, performed Scarpia in Indianapolis Opera’s Tosca, Don Pizarro in Fidelio with Mid-Ohio Civic Opera, returned to Opera Grand Rapids as The Pirate King in Pirates of Penzance and to Pacific Opera Project as Don Basilio in Il barbiere di Siviglia as well as for their unique take on Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte: Superflute. Other recent engagements for Andrew include Simone in Gianni Schicchi for Tulsa Opera, Sarastro in The Magic Flute for Eugene Opera, Sparafucile in Rigoletto for Opera Orlando, Commendatore in Don Giovanni with Indianapolis Opera, and René in Iolanta with Pacific Opera Project. Concert engagements include Mozart’s Mass in C Major for Mid-Ohio Civic Opera, and Verdi’s Requiem for Michigan State University.

2022/23 Schedule

Don Basilio

Pacific Opera Project

2023

Il Barbiere di Siviglia

August 25

Angelotti

Dallas Opera

2023

Tosca

October 13, 15, 18, & 21

Il Commendatore

Vero Beach Opera

2024

Don Giovanni

January 7

Ferrando

Opera Santa Barbara

2024

Il Trovatore

February 9 & 11

Quince

Atlanta Opera

2024

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

March 2, 5, 8, & 10

Colline

Pacific Symphony

2024

La Bohème

April 4, 6, & 9

Hunding (Cover)

Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra 

2024

Die Walküre

April  19, 20, & 21

Harašta

Detroit Opera

2024

The Cunning Little Vixen

May 11, 17, & 19

Baron Ochs (cover)

Paul (cover)

The Santa Fe Opera

2024

Der Rosenkavalier
The Righteous

July 13 – August 15

Reviews

Here’s what’s in the press.

“...Andrew Potter’s Sarastro was everything one could wish..."

“Andrew Potter’s Sarastro was everything one could wish, his darkly sonorous, rolling bass the exact fit for his imposing music.”

– Opera Today

"...fly in Andrew Potter to play the Commendatore..."

“Here is a suggestion for every Don Giovanni production in the world: fly in Andrew Potter to play the Commendatore. It’s perfect casting, especially in the scene where he’s a statue that comes to life. His earthshaking basso is as big as his 6’10” frame. And when he enters in a smoke-filled, backlit haze you can understand why Giovanni, Leporello, and everyone in the audience, would be scared to death.”

– Schmopera

"...a bottomless bass voice."

“Andrew Potter, as Dr. Dulcamara, is tall, tall, towering dramatically over the rest of the cast. He has a powerful bottomless bass voice. (One almost needs a bathysphere to follow him as he plunges that word “eccelente” down to the depths.) He also has wonderful comic gifts.”
– Broadway World

"The guy owns the stage..."

“As Faust’s antagonist Mephistopheles (read “devil”), bass Andrew Potter combines a virile yet spry stage presence with sturdy, responsive and infectious singing. The guy owns the stage, as any good Satan (pardon the oxymoron) must.”

– The Connecticut Day

"His voice is perfect for the villain role..."

“Baritone Potter as Scarpia swaggered about as the villain, relishing the mental torture he put Tosca through in his menacing aria that translates as “Yes, they say I am venal.” His voice is perfect for the villain role, and he used his tall, lanky frame to full advantage in the seduction scene.”

– The Connecticut Day

"...sonorous bass is especially musical..."

Hunding, Sieglinde’s barbaric husband, was sung by Andrew Potter. He is imposing in stature, and his sonorous bass is especially musical in its colors and contrasts. The role is not especially large even in uncut productions, but he made the most of his opportunities, and in his hands the part was believably dramatic and rightfully fearsome rather than repugnant.”

– Pittsburgh in the Round

Experience

Performance History

Performances

Roles

Cups of Coffee

Years

Work

Some Recent Work

The Mullah

A Thousand Splendid Suns, Seattle Opera, 2023

King René

Iolanta, Pacific Opera Project, 2022

Vodník

Rusalka, Portland Opera, 2023

Sarastro

The Magic Flute, Eugene Opera, 2022

Media

Gallery

Whether you’re looking for photos, video, or audio, there’s a little bit of everything on my media page. Have a look and listen, then reach out for booking inquiries!

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UIA Talent Agency