Coro Nuovo's Music Director
Welsh tenor, 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.
Elsewhere, Andrew has performed with the Royal Ballet, Welsh National Opera, English National Opera, New Israeli Opera, Theatre St Gallen, Weimar, Opera Nantes, Angers, Lille, Nancy, Dutch National Opera, Opera di Roma, Theatre Champs-Elysées, Danish National Opera, Longborough Festival Opera, Opera Holland Park, Grange Park opera and Chelsea Opera Group.
He has performed at the BBC Proms, in Mexico, Portugal, United Arab Emirates, New Zealand and Australia (Sydney Opera House). Orchestras include the London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Norddeutscher Rundfunk, Warsaw Philharmonic, RTE Dublin, BBCSNO, BBCNOW, Finnish National Orchestra, Hallé Orchestra, CBSO and the Boston Symphony Orchestra, most recently at Carnegie Hall with Jonas Kaufmann.
Andrew has sung under the batons of Sir Charles Mackerras, Sir Tony Pappano, Sir Mark Elder, Sir Simon Rattle, Sakari Oramo, Andris Nelsons, Mark Wigglesworth, Jiri Kout, Oleg Caetani, Benjamin Zander, Danielle Gatti, Stefan Asbury, Mark Albrecht and Jacek Kaspszyk and has created four roles for Jonathan Dove.
Andrew moved to Sussex 17 years ago when he joined the Glyndebourne chorus for two seasons and has now settled in Newick with his wife, soprano, Jo Appleby, and their two boys.
When he is not performing, he is a sought-after teacher, coach and adjudicator. He has appeared as a professional commentator at the prestigious Cardiff Singer of the World Competition and at The National Eisteddfod of Wales on numerous occasions.