A native of Tacoma, WA, tenor Andrew Turner is a versatile multidisciplinary artist whose engagements span the genres of opera, musical theatre, jazz and contemporary music. An advocate for innovation across industries, he utilizes his cross-genre performance experience in bringing together diverse styles of artistry to one stage.
Recently, Turner was featured as a special guest with up-and-coming composer Allen René Louis in his virtual production of The Music of Allen René Louis: Musical Theater Edition. In 2020, he was scheduled to return to Des Moines Metro Opera as Tchaplitsky in Tchaikovsky’s The Queen of Spades—a role which he will debut with the company in 2021 for their rescheduled summer season. Other engagements in 2020 included his role debut as Tamino in The Magic Flute with Opera Iowa, touring performances as Ranger Dudley in Little Red’s Most Unusual Day, and concert appearances as the tenor soloist in Mozart’s Coronation Mass and Vivaldi’s Lord Nelson Mass with the Berkeley Community Chorus and Orchestra.
In the previous season, Turner portrayed the role of Man 1 in Jason Robert Brown’s Songs for a New World with Lyric Theater of Illinois, debuted with Des Moines Metro Opera as Parpignol in La bohème, and joined Lyric Theatre of Illinois as Male Chorus in their production of The Rape of Lucretia. He was also invited as a guest artist to sing with Nathan and Julie Gunn in their concert Nathan and Julie Gunn and Friends: An Evening on Broadway.
Currently based in the Seattle area, Turner holds degrees from Washington State University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
We are thrilled to welcome Turner to Virginia Opera’s 2021 Spring Season.