Andrew Ellis is a lyric tenor with a strong, beautiful voice. An American raised in Brazil, his wide and varied life experiences have given him the unique blend of discipline and passion necessary to master the classical art of singing. While in Brazil he began his musical studies under famed pianist Dirce Knijnik. He completed his Bachelors of Music at Liberty University in 2013, studying piano with Mr. David Ehrman and voice with Dr. Wayne Kompelien, receiving scholarships in both disciplines.
He is one of only a handful of students in the school’s history to have performed as both pianist and vocalist in the stringent LU Honor’s Recital series. He confirmed his competitive edge by placing first in the Virginia State National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) vocal competition in 2012, and won the Liberty University Vocalist of the Year award in 2013. Stage credits with the LU Opera Workshop included the roles of Camille in The Merry Widow and Sam in The Pirates of Penzance.
Following graduation, Mr. Ellis joined the Opera Roanoke Young Apprentice Artist Program in 2013. With Opera Roanoke he was hailed as “particularly impressive” for his singing as the Armored Man in Die Zauberflöte under the baton of Steven White. Continuing his vocal development with tenor Gioacchino Li Vigni, Andrew performed in Palermo, Sicily with the Mediterranean Opera Studio, and participated in master classes with Sicilian tenors Salvatore Fisichella and Marcello Giordani. In the spring of 2014 he gave a “strong” and “enjoyable” performance as Beppe in I Pagliacci with Hub Opera Ensemble of Maryland.
That same year, Andrew began his association with acclaimed tenor Rockwell Blake, being selected as one of five participants in Blake’s First International Masterclass. Andrew continued his training with Mr. Blake through 2017 in Plattsburgh, NY. During this period of intensive study, Mr. Ellis was featured as the tenor soloist in performances of Handel’s Messiah, Vivaldi’s Magnificat, and Schubert’s Mass in G.
The 2017-2018 Season saw Andrew return to the stage in a variety of roles. With Bel Cantanti Opera in Washington, D.C. he sang Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, Arturo in Lucia di Lammermoor, and Sopel in Sadko. With Saltworks Opera he sang Gérald in Lakmé and Tebaldo in I Capuletti E I Montecchi.