Accomplished bass Andrew Gangestad has been applauded for his dark rich sound and strong musicality by audiences throughout the United States and the world. Of his performance of Il barbiere di Siviglia, the Kansas City Star wrote “Andrew Gangestad (Don Basilio) … demonstrated a glorious bass voice,” and, of his performance of Leporello in Don Giovanni with Opera Pacific, the Orange County Register wrote “Andrew Gangestad portrays the long-suffering Leporello with aplomb, crisp in accent, dark of voice and understated in comedy.” This season, Andrew returns to the roster of the Metropolitan Opera for its production of Wozzeck, and also performs the Speaker in The Magic Flute with Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Alidoro in La Cenerentola with Opera Omaha, and Zaccaria in Nabucco with Opera Carolina.
Career highlights include Nourabad in Les Pêcheurs de perles and as Candy in Of Mice and Men with Sarasota Opera; Ramfis in Aida Hawaii Opera Theater; Nourabad in Les Pêcheurs de perles with Pittsburgh Opera; Sparafucile in Rigoletto with Sacramento Opera; Colline in La boheme with New York City Opera, Kentucky Opera, Arizona Opera, and Opera Pacific; Ferrando in Il trovatore with Minnesota Opera and Toledo Opera; the title role in Le nozze di Figaro with Lyric Opera of Kansas City and Bellingham Music Festival; Commendatore in Don Giovanni in his debut with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis; Death in Der Kaiser von Atlantis with Cincinnati Opera; Rodolfo in La sonnambula with Michigan Opera Theatre; Timur in Turandot with Kentucky Opera; Banquo in Macbeth for Sarasota Opera; and Ramfis in Aida and Angelotti in Tosca with Opera Pacific.
Andrew is widely known for his interpretation of Leporello in Don Giovanni, which he has performed with such companies as the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Sarasota Opera, Opera Pacific, and in his debut with Arizona Opera. He has also performed Basilio in Il Barbiere di Siviglia with several companies such as Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Opera Omaha, and Opera Cleveland, to name a few. Mr. Gangestad’s recent international highlights include Ramfis in Aida with the Bregenz Festival in Austria; the title role in Le nozze di Figaro at the Macau International Music Festival; and his Welsh National Opera debut as Ramfis in Aida.
Since his Metropolitan Opera debut in 2000 in Berg’s Lulu, Mr. Gangestad has returned to the coveted house each season having performed as Brander in La Damnation de Faust, Tom in Un ballo in maschera, Colline in La bohème, Truffaldino in Ariadne auf Naxos, Count Ceprano in Rigoletto, Lignière in the company premiere of Cyrano de Bergerac, Vaudemont in I vespri siciliani, Cappadocian in Salome, the Commissioner in Madama Butterfly, Timur in Turandot, as well as in their productions of La Fanciulla del West, Don Carlo, Idomeneo, Dialogues des Carmélites, and Les Troyens. Also a company favorite with Seattle Opera, he has appeared there in such roles as Zuniga in Carmen, Tom in Un ballo in maschera, Alidoro in La Cenerentola, and Leporello in Don Giovanni.
Andrew’s extensive list of concert engagements include Handel's Messiah with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra and Pacific Symphony; Mozart’s Coronation Mass and Haydn’s The Creation with the State College Chorale Society (Pennsylvania); Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with the Berkshire Choral Festival; Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra and Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra; Verdi’s Requiem with the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra; soloist in Honegger’s Jeanne d'Arc au bûcher with Oregon Bach Festival under Marin Alsop; and Tan Dun’s Theatre Orchestral II: Re with the Duluth Symphony Orchestra.
Mr. Gangestad has also performed several opera roles in concert, such as Brander in La Damnation de Faust in his debut with the Boston Symphony Orchestra under James Levine singing in Boston and at Carnegie Hall; The Monk in La Gioconda and as The Hermit in Der Freischütz with Opera Orchestra of New York at Carnegie Hall; Méphistophélès in Scenes from Goethe’s Faust with the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra; Lodovico in excerpts from Otello for the 2006 Richard Tucker Gala; various Opera Gala Concerts with the Yakima Symphony Orchestra; and in L’Enfant et les sortilèges with the Minnesota Orchestra. Mr. Gangestad is also the First Place Winner of the 2005 Fritz and Lavinia Jensen Foundation Voice Competition and the recipient of the Robert Lauch Memorial Grant from the Wagner Society of New York.