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Andy Anderson

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Praised by critics and audiences for his “sensitive and lyrical” conducting, Maestro Andy Anderson regularly conducts the best of the opera and musical theatre repertoires throughout the United States. Of his “impressive début” with Mobile Opera conducting Lucia di Lammermoor, Paul Horsley of the Kansas City Star raved: “To hold together like this and make it fun for performers and listeners is a rare gift.” Continuing his dedication to the innovation and accessibility of opera, Mo. Anderson recently co-founded a new company, Queens Opera Theatre, for which he also serves as the Artistic Director. Launching its inaugural season this fall, the New York City based company’s mission is to “educate the general public of New York on all aspects of opera through opera productions, lectures, classes, camps, social media, newsletters, etc. while emphasizing the need to make opera accessible and affordable to all people.” For its inaugural season, Mo. Anderson will conduct Gift of the Magi and The Tragedy of Carmen, at the Flushing Town Hall. He will also conduct Die Fledermaus with Opera Idaho this season.

Nov
2016

Nov-04
to
Nov-06
Die Fledermaus
Opera Idaho
Boise, ID
Dec
2017

Dec-17
to
Dec-18
Gift of the Magi
Queens Opera Theatre
New York, NY
May
2018

May-18
to
May-20
The Tragedy of Carmen
Queens Opera Theatre
New York, NY
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…does a brilliant job of bringing the epic music to life…
La fanciulla del West “The lush, sweeping, cinematic score  of “Fanciulla” elegantly evokes the wide open spaces and possibilities of the American west. And the orchestra, conducted by Mobile Opera artistic director Andy Anderson does a brilliant job bringing the epic music to life..”Press-Register
…leads Nashville Symphony in an exuberant journey…
 Die Zauberflöte  “throughout it all Conductor Andy Anderson leads Nashville Symphony in an exuberant journey through Mozart’s richly varied score..”Arts Nash
…navigated the difficult score with aplomb…
Light in the Piazza “Artistic Director Andy Anderson conducted the small Mobile Opera Orchestra, positioned in one corner of the stage, which navigated the difficult score with aplomb. The musicians were in excellent form and complemented the able cast beautifully.”Press-Register
…keeps the score bright…
The Merry Widow “The orchestra, conducted by Andy Anderson, keeps the score bright and as rich as a French pastry.”Billings Gazette
…coaxing a rich, full sound…
Love and Lust Concert “Music Director Andy Anderson set an authoritative tone with the orchestra, coaxing a rich, full sound from his players.”Kansas City Star
Praised by critics and audiences for his “sensitive and lyrical” conducting, Maestro Andy Anderson regularly conducts the best of the opera and musical theatre repertoires throughout the United States. Of his “impressive début” with Mobile Opera conducting Lucia di Lammermoor, Paul Horsley of the Kansas City Star raved: “To hold together like this and make it fun for performers and listeners is a rare gift.”

Continuing his dedication to the innovation and accessibility of opera, Mo. Anderson recently co-founded a new company, Queens Opera Theatre, for which he also serves as the Artistic Director. Launching its inaugural season this fall, the New York City based company’s mission is to “educate the general public of New York on all aspects of opera through opera productions, lectures, classes, camps, social media, newsletters, etc. while emphasizing the need to make opera accessible and affordable to all people.” For its inaugural season, Mo. Anderson will conduct Gift of the Magi and The Tragedy of Carmen, at the Flushing Town Hall. He will also conduct Die Fledermaus with Opera Idaho this season.

During his tenure as Artistic Director of Mobile Opera, Maestro Anderson conducted the company’s first Wagner opera, expanded the audience by scheduling blockbuster operas alongside hit musical theater pieces, and incorporated cutting-edge video projections as a new and exciting element in some of the productions’ scenic designs. From the podium, he led productions of Turandot, Sunset Blvd., Candide, The Light in the Piazza, Tosca, Der fliegende Holländer, Love and Lust, Sweeney Todd, Don Pasquale, La fanciulla del West, The Mikado, Werther, Manon Lescaut, and Madama Butterfly.

In the last few seasons, engagements include a début with Nashville Opera conducting Die Zauberflöte, which he later conducted at University of Missouri Kansas City; a début with Fresno Grand Opera conducting Showboat; and a return to Winter Opera St. Louis for L’amico Fritz. He also conducted productions of Tosca at Anchorage Opera; Hello, Dolly! and The Drowsy Chaperone for LOOK Music Theater; Turandot at Rimrock Opera; My Fair Lady and South Pacific at Ash Lawn Opera; and, most recently, Die Fledermaus with Opera Idaho.

Mr. Anderson has conducted numerous productions with Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Rimrock Opera, Light Opera Oklahoma, and Civic Opera of Kanas City. With Lyric Opera of Kansas City he led productions of The End of the Affair, Aïda, The Pirates of Penzance, and Il barbiere di Siviglia; with Rimrock Opera, Rigoletto, Tosca, The Merry Widow, La fanciulla del West , Carmen, La bohème, and Il barbiere di Siviglia; and with Light Opera Oklahoma, My Fair Lady, A Little Night Music, The Gondoliers, Patience, The Boy Friend, and Kiss Me, Kate. Productions with Civic Opera of Kansas City included Ned Rorem’s Our Town, Menotti’s The Medium, the world première of Everlasting Universe by John Mueter, Sullivan’s The Mikado, Weill’s Street Scene, Verdi’s Falstaff, Sondheim’s Passion, A Gilbert & Sullivan Christmas Carol, and Puccini’s Edgar.

Additional engagements include Mahler’s Symphony No. 3 with the Kansas City Civic Orchestra as well as their 50th Anniversary Gala concert featuring soloist Mark O’Conner, and a début with Amarillo Opera conducting Carlisle Floyd’s Cold Sassy Tree.

Maestro Anderson served in several administrative positions such as Artistic Director of Mobile Opera, Artistic Director of Civic Opera Theater of Kansas City, Music Director of the Kansas City Civic Orchestra for eight seasons, Assistant Conductor of the Colorado MahlerFest in Boulder, Colorado, Assistant Conductor of Kansas City Ballet, Music Director of LOOK Musical Theatre, and Founder of the Kansas City Puccini Festival.

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