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Gustav Andreassen



Biography

Gustav Andreassen's season includes reengagements with Arizona Opera as Blitch in Susannah, Boston Baroque as Commendatore in Don Giovanni, and Orlando Opera as Old Hebrew in Samson and Dalila. He also appears with Hawaii Opera Theatre as Leporello in Don Giovanni, and with the National Symphony Orchestra as Gremin in Eugene Onegin. Recent season highlights include returns to Orlando Opera as Blitch and to New York City Opera as Don Profondo in Il Viaggio a Reims; Mozart's Requiem with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra; Daland in Der Fliegende Holländer with Arizona Opera; multiple roles with Deutsche Oper am Rhein, including King Philip II in Don Carlos (also with Hamburgishe Staatsoper) , Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte, Sparafucile in Rigoletto, King in Aida, Ferrando in Il Trovatore, Commendatore in Don Giovanni, and Hermann/Landgraf in Tannhäuser; Osmin in Die Entführung aus dem Serail with De Vlaamse Opera; and Colonello in the rarely performed Donizetti opera Il giovedi grasso in Lucca, Italy.
 
With New York City Opera, Mr. Andreassen has performed Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte and Nettuno and Il Tempo in Monteverdi's Il Ritorno d'Ulisse in Patria. He has sung the roles of Gremin in Eugene Onegin and Sourin in Pique Dame (San Francisco Opera), and Osmin in Die Entführung aus dem Serail (Boston Lyric Opera and Glimmerglass Opera), the Police Officer, Third Psychiatrist and Colonel Krues von Zellergut in The Good Soldier Schweik (Glimmerglass), the Commendatore in Don Giovanni (Glimmerglass, Florida Grand Opera and Cincinnati Opera), Colline in La Bohème (Austin Lyric Opera and Opera Grand Rapids), King in Aida (Utah Opera), Ramfis in Aida and Ferrando in Il Trovatore (Orlando Opera), Grand Inquisitor in Don Carlos (Opera Company of Philadelphia), Timur in Turandot (Indianapolis Opera and Nashville Opera), Basilio in Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Wolf Trap Opera), Friar in Don Carlos (Palm Beach Opera), First Nazarene in Salome (Seattle Opera), and Duke in Roméo et Juliette (Washington Concert Opera). He created the role of Jerry Lockhart in the world premiere of Libby Larsen's Eric Hermannson's Soul.
 
Mr. Andreassen's concert highlights include performances of Shostakovich's Symphony No. 13 (Seattle Symphony under Gerard Schwarz), Bach's Magnificat (Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra), and a world premiere of Liszt's St. Stanislaus (Cincinnati May Festival under James Conlon, recorded by Telarc). He was a soloist in Messiah (Tucson Symphony Orchestra), Beethoven's Mass in C and Choral Fantasy (Omaha Symphony Orchestra), Mozart's Mass in C minor (Alabama Symphony Orchestra), Verdi's Requiem (Black Hills Symphony), Schubert's Mass in G (Arizona State Chorus), and Mozart's Vesparae Solemnes (Masterworks Chorale of Tucson).
 
In addition to winning the Heinz Rehfuss Singing-Actor Award at Orlando Opera, Mr. Andreassen received three prestigious awards while a graduate student at Cincinnati Conservatory or Music: the Italo Tajo Award, the Norman Treigle/New York City Opera Award, and the Corbett Award. While an undergraduate at the University of Arizona he was awarded first place in the Amelia Rieman Competition and placed second in the Western Region Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.
 
A native of Oregon, Gustav Andreassen is married to mezzo-soprano Stacey Rishoi.

Last updated: February 27, 2007
Gustav Andreassen