Andrew René, baritone, has participated in vocal competitions and professional engagements, including performances with the Virginia Opera Association, the Bay View Association, Opera Raw, Piedmont Opera, the A. J. Fletcher Opera Institute, the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra and the Princeton Festival. The summer of 2015 marked his third year of attendance at the Bay View Music Festival where he performed the role of Marcello in their production of Puccini’s La bohème. In 2017, he returned to sing the role of Escamillo in Carmen. This past summer, he performed the role of Don Magnifico in La Cenerentola with the Janiec Opera Company. He recently won first place in both the Heafner-Williams Vocal Competition and the Opera Guild of Charlotte Competition.
His previous roles include John Sorel in Menotti’s The Consul, the Pirate King in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance, Guglielmo in Mozart’s Così fan tutte, Riolobo in Catàn’s Florencia en el Amazonas, Harlequin in Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos, Father Palmer in Silent Night, Sam in Trouble and Tahiti, Dandini in La Cenerentola, Golaud in Impressions de Pelléas, and the title role in Verdi’s Falstaff. This year, he played the Celebrant in Bernstein’s Mass, Albert in Massenet’s Werther, and, Garibaldo in Handel’s Rodelinda, all produced by the A. J. Fletcher Opera Institute. This summer, he will perform the role of Marcello in Puccini’s La bohème with Opera Wilmington.
Mr. René received his undergraduate degree from Capital University where he studied with Élise DesChamps and Brian Banion, and, recently, a Master of Music degree from the A. J. Fletcher Institute of Opera of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts where he studied with Dr. Marilyn Taylor and Robert Overman.