Featured by Opera News as one of their '25 Rising Stars' (October 2015), tenor Andrew Bidlack began the 2019-20 season at Liepāja Symphony Orchestra, Latvia, in the role of Tony West Side Story before traveling to Intermountain Opera for Ricky Ian Gordon's "27" appearing as Pablo Picasso. He returned to Chicago Opera Theater for the double bill of Everest and Aleko, reprising the role of Rob Hall and debuting the role of the Young Gypsy, followed by further performances of Everest with Austin Opera. Upcoming performances include Doctor Alexandre in the World Premiere of The Diving Bell and the Butterfly at Dallas Opera and Lyonnel Le roi Arthus at BARD/Summerscape Opera.
The 2018-19 season saw the artist made his role debut as Tony West Side Story at Lyric Opera of Kansas City before traveling to Atlanta Opera to reprise the role. At Calgary Opera he sang the role of Rob Hall Everest, a debut he originally made at Dallas Opera in 2015 and later at Lyric Opera of Kansas City. At Arizona Opera he appeared as Nikolaus Sprink Silent Night, and the role of Greenhorn Moby Dick took the artist to Chicago Opera Theatre. At New York City Opera, Andrew sang the role of Andy in the world premiere of Iain Bell’s opera Stonewall.
Recent highlights include the role of Beppe I pagliacci at the Metropolitan Opera reviving the great success he had in the role in a previous season. At Opera Santa Barbara he appeared as Almaviva Il barbiere di Siviglia and as Arcadio Florencia en el Amazonas at Florida Grand Opera. At Des Moines Metro Opera he sang highly lauded performances in the role of Bill Flight.
Past roles include Lensky (c) Eugene Onegin and Greenhorn Moby Dick at Dallas Opera. He developed the role of Christopher Morcom in The Life and Death(s) of Alan Turing (by Justine Chen and David Simpatico) for American Lyric Theater, and at Madison Opera sang the role of Tamino Die Zauberflöte. At Opera Saratoga he sang the title role in Grétry's rarely heard opera Zémire et Azor.
He recently made his European and UK debut in the challenging role of Private John Ball in Welsh National Opera's world-premiere by composer Iain Bell, In Parenthesis, directed by David Poutney and conducted by Carlo Rizzi with performances at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden; and his Metropolitan Opera of New York debut as Beppe I pagliacci and the role of the Lamplighter (cover Edmondo) Manon Lescaut for which he won critical accolades. At Arizona Opera he made his role debut as Arcadio.
Bidlack is a frequent interpreter of contemporary music; he created the roles of Rob Hall in Joby Talbot's Everest at Dallas Opera and that of Irving Tashman in Ricky Ian Gordon's Morning Star at Cincinnati Opera. He workshopped Greenhorn/Ishmael in the developmental production of Moby Dick at San Francisco Opera while he was an Adler Fellow and inaugurated Tandcredi The Inspector (John Musto) at Wolf Trap. As a Merolino, he created the role of Charles Carter in Thomas Pasatieri's The Hotel Casablanca. Making his debut with Lyric Opera of Chicago, he appeared at Carnegie Hall as The Young Collector in their production of A Streetcar Named Desire with Renée Fleming, a role he also sang in Chicago. At Dallas Opera, he sang Sandy in The Lighthouse for the inception of their Chamber Opera Series.
With a large number of Mozart and bel canto roles also to his credit, Andrew has appeared as Tamino Die Zauberflöte, Don Ottavio Don Giovanni, Almaviva Il barbiere di Siviglia, and Ferrando (c) Così fan tutte at Florida Grand Opera; Rodrigo in Rossini's Otello at Opera Southwest; Almaviva and Don Ramiro La cenerentola at Opera Omaha; Tonio La fille du régiment at Palm Beach Opera and PORTopera; Pedrillo Die Entführung aus dem Serail and Arturo Lucia di Lammermoor at San Francisco Opera; Nemorino L'elisir d'amore at Empire State Lyric Theater; and Bastien Bastien and Bastienna at Des Moines Metro Opera.
Other significant appearances include his debut as Baron Lummer Intermezzo with New York City Opera, Rinuccio Gianni Schicchi and Don Ramiro at Intermountain Opera Bozeman, and Almerich Iolanta with an international cast of great renown at Dallas Opera where he also appeared as Graf Albert Die tote Stadt. His performances of Prince Karl Franz The Student Prince and Anatol Vanessa at Utah Festival Opera were met with great enthusiasm by audiences and critics alike.
A graduate of San Francisco Opera's prestigious Adler Fellowship, Mr. Bidlack made his house debut in The Little Prince and went to appear as Odoardo Ariodante, Graf Albert, the Simpleton Boris Godunov, Gastone La traviata, and Ruiz Il trovatore among other roles.
International engagements include his South American debut as Oronte Alcina at Teatro Municipal de Santiago in Chile, Damon Acis and Galatea at the Macau International Music Festival, and his appearance as A Guest The Saint of Bleecker Street at the Spoleto Festival in Italy, which was recorded on the Chandos label.
Other roles include Rodolfo La bohème, the title role in Candide, Tom Rakewell The Rake's Progess, Emilio Partenope, and Snout A Midsummer Night's Dream.
Concert performances include the tenor solos in Handel's Messiah, Mendelssohn's Elijah, Haydn's Creation, and Mozart's Requiem. He made his Carnegie Hall debut singing the solos of Bach's Weihnachts Oratorium, and sang the tenor solo in Orff's Carmina Burana with both the South Dakota Symphony and the Milwaukee Symphony under the baton of Andreas Delfs. His recital appearance alongside soprano Ava Pine was well-received by public and critics alike.