Andrew Haji, tenor
Canadian tenor Andrew Haji is quickly becoming one of the most sought-after voices on both the operatic and concert stages. Winner of the Grand Prix at the 50th International Vocal Competition in ‘s-Hertogenbosch and the Montreal International Music Competition’s Oratorio Prize, Haji recently performed J.S. Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with the National Arts Centre Orchestra and Handel’s Messiah with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Selected recent and upcoming concert engagements include performances of Haydn’s The Creation, Verdi’s Requiem, Puccini’s Messa di Gloria, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Rossini’s Petite messe solennelle, and Mozart’s Requiem, Mass in C Minor, and Coronation Mass.
Haji is an alumnus of the Canadian Opera Company’s Ensemble Studio and has also been heard at the Four Seasons Centre as Alfredo in La traviata and Tamino in Die Zauberflöte. During his time as a member of the Ensemble Studio, his leading roles included Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia and Ferrando in Così fan tutte. The Salzburg Festival featured Haji in Donizetti’s Lucrezia Borgia, his festival debut. He has also starred as Hélios in Félicien David’s Herculanum at the Wexford Festival and Rodolfo in Puccini’s La bohème for Opera Theatre of Saint Louis.
Andrew Haji holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music. By invitation, he has participated in young artist programs at the Salzburg Festival Young Singers Project, Centre for Opera Studies in Italy, Music Academy of the West, and Accademia Europea dell’Opera. He has received awards from the Marilyn Horne Song Competition in Santa Barbara and the COC’s annual Ensemble Studio Competition.