Cast Bio: Russell Andrade

Russell-Andrade-headshot-300Portuguese-American Jugendlicher Heldentenor, Russell C. Andrade was hailed as having a “liquid, clear as a bell tenor quality” to his voice and a “big beautiful tenor voice perfect for heroic roles” in the American press after his debut with the Vermont Philharmonic and renowned Metropolitan Opera bassist/conductor, Louis Kosma. He has participated in recitals and concerts as a leading operatic tenor with orchestras throughout the United States of America and, more recently, Brazil and India.

As a leading tenor, Mr. Andrade has performed the title role in Les Contes d’Hoffmann at the world renowned Teatro Simon Bolivar in Sao Paolo, Brazil; the role of Don Jose in Carmen at the historic Hubbard Hall in upstate New York; and covered the role of Romeo in Romeo et Juliette with the St. Petersburg Opera in St. Petersburg, Florida where he was recently called back to cover Canio in I Pagliacci. As a recitalist, Mr. Andrade has performed all over the southeastern United States, in Firenze, Italy, in Dubai, U.A.E., and in Goa, India. He has performed with numerous orchestras and concert bands around the world, including the Northwinds Symphonic Band and the Vermont Philharmonic.

In addition to his singing, Mr. Andrade is also a musical composer, having written and produced three operas to rave reviews, and several chamber pieces that have been performed around the United States. He has studied and performed with the renowned tenor Dr. Gregory Broughton, former Army Chorus bass-baritone Ronald Billingsley, and with Metropolitan Opera artists like Stanford Olsen, Eduardo Valdes, Caren Levine, Robert Morrison, Jane B. Klaviter, George Darden, and Louis Kosma. He has performed in various oratorios around the country including Elijah, The Crucifixion and The Messiah. Awards he has received include the Metropolitan Opera National Council Audition’s Georgia District Encouragement Award, the Bel Canto Institute Performance Award, and the Bel Canto Institute Orchestral Performance Award.

SWEENEY TODD (2012) – BEADLE COVER

ROMEO ET JULIETTE (2013) – ROMEO COVER

NORMA (2014) – FLAVIO

NEAPOLITAN FESTIVAL / I PAGLIACCI (2014) – CANIO COVER