Copyright Andrew Henley 2013
Hailing from Monmouth, Andrew studied at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and is a recent graduate of the National Opera Studio. He studies with Gary Coward, supported by the WNO Sir John Moores Award. He was with winner of the 2019 Dunraven Young Welsh Singer of the Year.
Roles in scenes at the NOS included Tamino Die Zauberflote, Alfredo La Traviata and Tom Rakewell The Rake's Progress. Roles at RWCMD included Fenton Falstaff, Albert Albert Herring and Schoolmaster The Cunning Little Vixen. Operatic engagements have included Novice Billy Budd with the St. Endellion Festival, Lechmere Owen Wingrave with British Youth Opera, Major (cover) Patience with English Touring Opera, Kekikako Bataclan with West Green House, Christoph Kommilitonen! with Welsh National Youth Opera and excerpts of Rodolfo La Boheme with ROH Reimagined, in association with the Royal Opera, Covent Garden. 2019 engagements include Tybalt Romeo and Juliet with the studio of Opera de Lyon, Father Grenville Dead Man Walking with Welsh National Opera and Don Ottavio Don Giovanni with Clonter Opera.
Equally comfortable on the concert platform, Andrew has featured as a soloist in works including Handel Messiah, Samson and Israel in Egypt, Bach Magnificat in D and Easter Oratorio, CPE Bach Magnificat, Mozart Requiem, Vespers and Mass in C Minor, Beethoven Mass in C, Mendelssohn Elijah, Saint-Säens Oratorio de Nöel, Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle, Verdi Requiem Puccini Messa di Gloria. 2016 engagements have included an Opera Highlights concert with the WNO Orchestra, conducted by Carlo Rizzi, at BBC Hoddinot Hall. In January 2016 he performed Vaughan Williams Serenade to Music with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra at Birmingham Symphony Hall, broadcast live on BBC Radio 3, and returned in June to perform excerpts from Purcell The Fairy Queen, conducted by Nicholas McGegan.
Andrew began singing at Haberdasher's Monmouth School for Boys with David Lawson and Ian Dollins. After accepting a place at the University of Exeter to study English, he joined Exeter Cathedral Choir as a choral scholar, where he spent three years until graduating with upper second-class honours in 2012. Originally performing as a baritone, he made the transition to tenor after enrolling at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, where he gained a Postgraduate Diploma in Music Performance (Merit) in 2014. He is a former lay clerk at Llandaff Cathedral.
Andrew is represented by Patrick Allen at Connaught Artists.
"...Andrew Henley's lyrical Fenton" - Opera