Coro Nuovo's Music Director
Andrew Rees gained an entrance scholarship to study at the Royal Northern College of Music and later at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He works regularly at the Royal Opera House where roles have included Froh Das Rheingold; Eisslinger Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg and he created the role of Doctor Yes in the World Premiere of Anna Nicole which he repeated last autumn and other projects in the New Year.
Other roles include Steva Jenufa New Israeli Opera, Kudrjash Katja Kabanova and Eisslinger Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg Welsh National Opera; Boris Katja Kabanova and Sergei, Lady Macbeth of Mzensk in St. Gallen with Jiri Koul and in Weimar; Jim Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny in Nantes, Angers and Lille; Cavaradossi Tosca CBSO and The Dream of Gerontius in Helsinki and Dublin; Ismaele Nabucco and Kudrjash Katja Kabanova Opera Holland Park and has created many roles in works by Jonathan Dove – Death of a Princess: When She Died for Channel 4; Leminkainen The Swanhunter Opera North, Actaeon Diana and Actaeon for the Royal Ballet and most recently Theseus Monster in the Maze at the Barbican with Sir Simon Rattle.
Andrew recently toured the UK with the Warsaw Philharmonic under Jacek Kaspszyk. He has performed at the BBC Proms, most recently in Tannhäuser with Donald Runnicles and Parsifal with Sir Mark Elder. He has recorded the role of Narraboth Salome under Sir Charles Mackerras and appears on the Morriston Orpheus Choir’s CD Nella Fantasia singing I’ll Walk with God. Andrew has performed all over the world including the United Arab Emirates, New Zealand, Australia, (Sydney Opera House) Mexico City and Portugal. Future roles this year are Melot Tristan & Isolde, Rome Opera House, Steva Jenufa Longborough.
Andrew moved to Sussex 14 years ago when he joined the Glyndebourne chorus and has now settled here with his wife, soprano Jo Appleby and their two sons. He’s a sought after singing teacher and coach and is thrilled to be conducting Coro Nuovo.