Born in Wellington, London-based mezzo-soprano Bianca Andrew completed her undergraduate studies at the New Zealand School of Music, after which she went on to join New Zealand Opera as a Freemasons Dame Malvina Major Emerging Artist. Bianca recently graduated from the Opera Studies programme at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where she was recognised as one of the School’s leading singers in the prestigious Gold Medal competition.
Bianca’s recent operatic performances include the title role in Radamisto, Flycap The Tale of Januarie, Philomène Alexandre Bis, Neighbour Mavra, and Laura Iolanta with Guildhall Opera; Meg Page Falstaff with the Cambridge Philharmonic; and Romeo I Capuleti e i Montecchi with Days Bay Opera. She is known for her engaging and creative performances both in operatic and recital repertoire, and was the winner of the Song Prize in the 2016 Kathleen Ferrier Awards with her duo partner, pianist Dylan Perez.
On the concert platform, Bianca has given performances with all the major orchestras in New Zealand in repertoire from Messiah to Mahler’s 2nd Symphony. She has appeared with the London Symphony Orchestra, recording Schumann’s Das Paradies und die Peri with Sir Simon Rattle for LSO Live, and as a soloist in Tippett’s A Child of Our Time. She has been a recitalist at the Wigmore Hall, the Sage Gateshead and the Barbican Concert Hall.
Bianca is a Samling Artist, a Kiwi Music Scholar and recipient of the Gwen Catley Scholarship from the Amar-Franses Foster-Jenkins Trust. She continues to receive generous mentorship and support from Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and the Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation. Bianca is grateful to the Hunn Educational Trust, the Dame Malvina Major Foundation and the generous individuals who have made her studies in New Zealand and London possible.