FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
(October 22 – Skagit, WA) – Due to health reasons, Andrew Lunsford, dubbed the “Accidental Tenor” by CNN during a primetime news story, has been forced to cancel his upcoming appearance as Radames in Skagit Opera’s performance of Aida.
Earlier this year, Lunsford delighted a sold out audience with his role debut as Calaf in Opera Fort Collins’ production of Puccini’s Turandot. His summer residence as an Apprentice Artist at the Chautauqua Opera’s Summer Festival followed, where he covered the role of Pinkerton in Puccini’s Madam Butterfly and performed the roles of President Chester Arthur and Bushy in Douglas Moore’s The Ballad of Baby Doe. Lunsford was a featured artist in the annual Pops Concert and sang his signature aria Nessun Dorma in the Opera Highlights Concert with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra where “”…. Lunsford vibrantly sustained the final high A, while the audience wildly applauded the Apprentice Artist’s talent.” [Chautauquan Daily].
Mr. Lunsford underwent knee surgery and has been advised by his doctors that he will need an extended rest period in order to recuperate properly. Mr. Lunsford is deeply saddened by the cancellation and looks forward to performing the role of Radames in the future.
A complete list of Andrew Lunsford’s engagements follows, and additional information may be found at his web site: andrewlunsford.com.
Andrew Lunsford: upcoming engagements
March 27, April 25
New York, New York
Choirs of America
Choral Convergence Celebration Concert
About Andrew Lunsford
American Tenor Andrew Lunsford is an emerging young artist who hails from Colorado. Fox News describes Lunsford as “quickly rising to the top due to his jaw dropping voice”, and Inside Magazine describes him as having a “take your breath away high C.” Lunsford has been featured on some of the world’s most distinguished stages including The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., The Valley Performing Arts Center in Los Angeles, and Carnegie Hall in New York City.
After discovering his voice in his late twenties, Lunsford was granted a full scholarship to the prestigious Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, where he studied with legendary soprano Carol Vaness. In 2010, “The Conservatory Project: Today’s Best Students, Tomorrow’s Brightest Stars” featured Lunsford as a representative of Indiana University. As a member of this distinguished program he performed in recital at the Kennedy Center of Performing Arts.
Most recently, Lunsford debuted the role of Calaf in OperaFort Collins’ production of Puccini’s Turandot; followed by a summer residence as an Apprentice Artist with the illustrious Chautauqua Opera Festival. Favorite roles include Pinkerton in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, Cavadarossi in Puccini’s Tosca and the title role in Gounod’s Faust.
Lunsford has been featured on ABC News and NBC News as well as various newspapers, trade journals and magazines such as Indianapolis Monthly, Indiana University Alumni Magazine, and Classical Singer Magazine. Lunsford was also featured in a prime time news story on CNN, “The Accidental Tenor” which documented the unusual path he took toward his operatic career.
A prolific concert artist and recitalist, Lunsford has been featured as the tenor soloist in Verdi’s Requiem and in Mozart’s Requiem in addition to recital and orchestral concert engagements including two performances at Carnegie Hall.
In 2014 – 2015 season, Lunsford will return to Carnegie Hall as a featured performer in the Choirs of America Rising Stars concert.
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