British baritone Andrew Ashwin has enjoyed success in numerous countries, including Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, Holland and Spain, as well as in the UK.
Having limited his artistic activity to concerts and recitals, current and recent performances include a song recital at the National Concert Hall in Dublin, Haydn’s The Creation and Bach’s Mass in B Minor at St John’s Smith Square in London, Handel’s Jephtha under the baton of Ottavio Dantone in Oslo and Krakow as well as Handel’s Samson in Hampshire.
Other performance highlights on the concert platform include Mozart’s Requiem at the London Barbican Centre, Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius, Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem at the Birmingham Symphony Hall, Bach’s Magnificat at the London Cadogan Hall and a New Year’s Concert at Casa da Música in Porto.
In song recitals he has been heard performing Schubert’s Winterreise with acclaimed pianist and conductor Justus Frantz, in concerts at the Zurich Opera House, Milan, Teatro La Fenice, Venice and at the Bad Urach Festival in Germany.
Highlights of his operatic career include the title role in the Austrian premiere of Britten’s Owen Wingrave at the Vienna Kammeroper, Junius in a new production of The Rape of Lucretia at the Frankfurt Opera, Macheath in The Beggar’s Opera in Zurich, Novice’s Friend and First Mate in Billy Budd at the Bilbao Opera, Maximilian in a new production of Candide and Oreste/Ercole in a new production of Cavalli’s Il Giasone at the Vlaamse Opera, the title role in Mozart’s Don Giovanni at the Lismore Festival, Danilo in an open-air production of Lehár’s The Merry Widow in Montpellier and the title role in Milhaud’s Les malheurs d’Orphée and Weill’s Mahagonny Singspiel in Mexico City in a new production by Nicola Raab and under the baton of Jan Latham-Koenig. As a member of the Deutsche Oper, Berlin, highlights included Morales in a new production of Carmen, Le Mouton in the German premiere of Respighi’s Marie Victoire and Papageno in Die Zauberflöte. He also featured as soloist in the 2008 Opening Gala Concert.
Andrew Ashwin studied singing at The University of Birmingham and the Royal College of Music in London. He was a memberr of the Vlaamse Opera Studio in Gent and the Zurich International Opera Studio.
He has worked with many of the world’s finest conductors, including Bernard Haitink, Christoph von Dohnányi, Carlo Rizzi, Peter Schreier, Maurizio Barbacini, Marc Minkowski, Yves Abel and Sir David Willcocks.
A CD of Handel’s Chandos Anthems, on the Naxos label, features Andrew Ashwin singing solos and duets alongside James Bowman, and a DVD of Ariadne auf Naxos from Zurich with Christoph von Dohnányi was released in 2007. He also appears as a soloist on Classic FM’s Carols from Buckingham Palace CD and on a CD recording of Victor Herbert’s operetta Eileen. A DVD of Cavalli’s Il Giasone has been released on the Dynamic label.