Andrew Manea

Andrew Manea

Lauded for his “Charming…robust baritone…” rising Romanian-American baritone Andrew Manea recently made his role debut as the Duke of Nottingham in Roberto Devereux with the San Francisco Opera. These performances “thrust him into the spotlight, solidifying his status as the next leading baritone of his generation…” (Opera Wire). Mr. Manea has since made both his house and role debut with Palm Beach Opera as Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia, and was scheduled to join the roster of Lyric Opera of Chicago for Der Ring des Niebelungen (COVID-19 cancellation). 

Last season, Andrew debuted with both Arizona Opera as Escamillo in Carmen and Opera Omaha as Lorenzo in I Capuleti e i Montecchi, performed the role of Montano in Pacific Symphony’s Otello, returned to Palm Beach Opera as Danilo in The Merry Widow, and joined Cleveland Opera Theater for their concert Shakespeare in Cleveland. Manea’s welcomes this season with Ernani at Lyric Opera of Chicago, and later will perform the role of Ford in Falstaff with Palm Beach Opera.

Calendar

Event Date
Sep 9
to
Oct 1
Ernani
(Carlo)
Lyric Opera of Chicago
Chicago, IL
Event Date
Mar 24
to
Mar 26
Falstaff
Ford
Palm Beach Opera
Palm Beach, FL

Artist Bio

Lauded for his “Charming…robust baritone…” rising Romanian-American baritone Andrew Manea recently made his role debut as the Duke of Nottingham in Roberto Devereux with the San Francisco Opera. These performances “thrust him into the spotlight, solidifying his status as the next leading baritone of his generation…” (Opera Wire). Mr. Manea has since made both his house and role debut with Palm Beach Opera as Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia, and was scheduled to join the roster of Lyric Opera of Chicago for Der Ring des Niebelungen (COVID-19 cancellation). 

Last season, Andrew debuted with both Arizona Opera as Escamillo in Carmen and Opera Omaha as Lorenzo in I Capuleti e i Montecchi, performed the role of Montano in Pacific Symphony’s Otello, returned to Palm Beach Opera as Danilo in The Merry Widow, and joined Cleveland Opera Theater for their concert Shakespeare in Cleveland. Manea’s welcomes this season with Ernani at Lyric Opera of Chicago, and later will perform the role of Ford in Falstaff with Palm Beach Opera.

Mr. Manea is heard frequently at the San Francisco Opera, making his mainstage debut as an Adler Fellow in the role of Marullo in Rigoletto, and during his tenure also performing the Huntsman/Gamekeeper in Rusalka, Sciarrone in Tosca, the Marchese d’Obigny in La traviata, and in the world premiere of John Adams’ Girls of the Golden West

Highlights of recent seasons include Marcello in La bohème with Shreveport Opera, #7 in Transformations with the Merola Opera Program, and Escamillo in Carmen in Wuhan, China. With the College-Conservatory of Music at Cincinnati University, he has sung the Danilo in The Merry Widow, the Father in Hansel and Gretel and the Forester in The Cunning Little Vixen. On the concert stage, he made his Schwabacher Recital debut with esteemed pianist Warren Jones. 

Manea is lauded for his concert performances across the United States, having been featured in the San Francisco Opera’s Schwabacher Debut Recitals two years in a row: in 2018 he was seen in recital with Warren Jones, and in 2017 he performed Wolf’s “Italienisches Liederbuch”. Additionally in 2017, Andrew joined Manhattan Concert Productions as the baritone soloist in Fauré’s Requiem, which he also performed for the University of Akron Choir & Orchestra, while for the University of Cincinnati he was the baritone soloist in Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen. Manea is popular in sacred halls, and especially so with the famed Kirk in the Hills in Michigan, having been invited back many times to perform works such as Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Five Mystical Songs and Fantasia on Christmas Carols, as well as Handel’s Messiah. Manea has also joined the Fort Street Presbyterian as the bass soloist in Mozart’s Requiem, as well as the First Presbyterian Church of Birmingham for Cooman’s The Acts of the Apostles

Andrew Manea was awarded First Place and Audience Favorite in the Mary Jacobs Smith Singer of the Year Competition with Shreveport Opera, was a Semifinalist of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, earned Second Place and Audience Favorite in the Opera Columbus Cooper-Bing International Vocal Competition, was a Finalist in the Jensen Foundation Vocal Competition, and was a Career Grant recipient in the Giulio Gari Foundation Competition.

A native of Troy, Michigan, Mr. Manea holds his Bachelor’s degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music and his Master’s degree from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music, where he studied with the prolific Bill McGraw.

Updated August 28, 2022

Audio Samples

Audio Sample "O! du mein holder Abendstern"

Video

“Eri tu” from Un ballo in maschera

“hai gia vinta la causa… Vedro mentr’io sospiro” from Le nozze di Figaro

“Oh Fatherland” from The Merry Widow

“Vission fugutive” from Herodiade

Ernani Finale- Verdi’s Ernani

Press

"...ample vibrance of sound and high notes..." – Palm Beach Daily News

Il barbiere di Siviglia, Palm Beach Opera – “The opera’s hit tune, of course, is Figaro’s entrance aria, and Andrew Manea properly took focus from his very first lines: “Largo al factotum.” The Romanian-American baritone has personal presence, enhanced by ample vibrance of sound and high notes — ringing Gs and As — to burn. As Friday’s performance progressed, Manea dominated the action, as he interacted physically and blended vocally with his colleagues on stage…This Figaro was equally adept in his fluid delivery of the opera’s abundant recitatives (speech-like musical dialogue), inventively punctuated by [the] harpsichordist.”

"...next leading baritone of his generation..." – Opera Wire

Roberto Devereux, San Francisco Opera – “…the role of Nottingham…thrust him into the spotlight and solidify his status as the next leading baritone of his generation…”

"perfectly balanced voice and towering presence" – Palm Beach Daily News:

The Merry Widow, Palm Beach Opera – "As the baritone Count Danilo, Andrew Manea began with a stunning rendition of 'O Fatherland!' His perfectly balanced voice and towering presence commanded the stage and easily carried over a rich orchestral texture. In addition, Manea has a gift for comedic timing, and his scenes with Dwayne Croft as the Baron Zeta were wonderfully entertaining. Manea also delivered a brilliant performance of the aria 'You'll Find Me at Maxim's.'"