FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
(Chautauqua, NY) – Andrew Lunsford, dubbed the “Accidental Tenor” by CNN during a primetime news story, will be performing as a Young Artist with the Chautauqua Opera Young Artist Program during the festival’s 2014 summer season.
“It is an invaluable experience for an emerging artist, to be surrounded by a vibrant community of world-class directors, coaches, and colleagues.” Mr. Lunsford commented about his participation in the program. “During such a dangerous time for the arts in our country, it is a gift to collaborate with these talented artists to perform works at such a high level.”
Mr. Lunsford was one of twenty-seven young artists chosen from over 800 applicants to participate in this highly competitive program. In addition to performing in Chautauqua Opera’s summer performances, Mr. Lunsford will collaborate with a distinguished coaching staff selected from the nation’s finest universities and conservatories.
Mr. Lunsford understudied the role of Lieutenant Pinkerton in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly when the summer festival season opened on July 5, 2014. This was the first time Mr. Lunsford studied the role of the U.S. Naval Lieutenant who fell in love with a local woman during his commission in Japan with disastrous consequences. Mr. Lunsford performed highlights from Madama Butterfly in Chautauqua Opera’s Operalogues concert.
Douglas Moore’s The Ballad of Baby Doe, an opera based on the tragic true story of Horace Tabor and Elizabeth “Baby Doe” Tabor will close the opera season on July 25 and July 28. Mr. Lunsford will portray President Chester Arthur, the 21st president of the United States, in addition to the role of Bushy.
In collaboration with Chautauqua Opera, Mr. Lunsford performed his signature aria Nessun Dorma with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra in the annual Opera Highlights Concert. He will also be a featured artist with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra in a Pops Concert on August 2, 2014, performing works by Stephen Sondheim and Leonard Bernstein.
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
July 25, 28
Chautauqua, New York
Moore: Ballad of Baby Doe (President Arthur/ Bushy)
Chautauqua, New York
Chautauqua Opera w/ The Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra
Union Colony Civic Center
Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra
November 7, 9, 14, 16
Mount Vernon, Washington
Verdi: Aida (Radames)
March 27, April 25
New York, New York
Choirs of America
Choral Convergence Celebration Concert
About Andrew Lunsford
American Tenor Andrew Lunsford is a rising 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.” He 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.
Lunsford has also 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.
After discovering his vocal abilities in his late twenties, Lunsford was granted a full scholarship to the esteemed Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, where he trained 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 prestigious program he performed in recital at the Kennedy Center of Performing Arts. This program is designed to showcase music students with the brightest futures from the top fifteen conservatories in the nation.
In 2014, Lunsford will premiere the role of Radames in Aida with Skagit Opera Company in addition to a return to Carnegie Hall to perform with Choirs of America as a featured artist.
Press release available for download in .pdf format: Andrew Lunsford Performs with Chautauqua Opera’s Young Artist Program