Andrew Staples sang as a chorister in St Paul’s Cathedral before winning a Choral Scholarship to King’s College Cambridge, where he gained a degree in Music. He was the first recipient of the RCM Peter Pears Scholarship, sponsored by the Britten Pears Foundation, at the Royal College of Music and subsequently joined the Benjamin Britten International Opera School. He studies with Ryland Davies.
His engagements include concerts with the Berliner Philharmoniker and Wiener Philharmoniker, the Akademisten Berlin, the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment with Sir Simon Rattle; the Orchestre de Paris, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and London Symphony Orchestra with Daniel Harding; the Swedish Chamber Orchestra and Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Andrew Manze; the Gävle Symphony and Robin Ticciati; the Rotterdams Philharmonisch Orkest and the Philadelphia Orchestra with Yannick Nézet-Séguin; and the Accademia Santa Cecilia with Semyon Bychkov and Antonio Pappano.
Andrew made his debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden as Jacquino (Beethoven Fidelio), returning for Flamand (Strauss Capriccio), Tamino (Mozart Die Zauberflöte), Artabenes (Arne Artaxerxes) and Narraboth (Strauss Salome), and sang Belfiore (Mozart La Finta Giardiniera) for the National Theatre, Prague (a role he repeated in the same production for La Monnaie in Brussels) and Don Ottavio (Mozart Don Giovanni for the Salzburger Festspiele. He has also sung Ferrando (Mozart Cosi fan tutte) for Opera Holland Park and Narraboth (Strauss Salome) for the Hamburgische Staatsoper. He semi-staged and sang Tamino in Die Zauberflöte for the Lucerne Festival and in Drottningholm with Daniel Harding conducting, and recently sang Tamino at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. In the 2017/18 season he appears at the Theater an der Wien as Jonathan in Handel Saul. Future opera engagements include Froh (Wagner Das Rheingold) and Tichon (Janacek Katya Kabanova) for the Royal Opera House.
Concert engagements in 2017/18 include Verdi Falstaff and Elgar The Dream of Gerontius with the Orchestre de Paris and Daniel Harding, Mozart Don Giovanni with the Tokyo Symphony and Jonathan Nott, Mahler Das Lied von der Erde with the Konzerthausorchester Berlin and Ivan Fischer, Mozart Mass in C Minor with the Berliner Philharmoniker and Daniel Harding, Schumann Das Paradies und die Peri with the Berliner Philharmoniker and Sir Simon Rattle, and Berlioz L’Enfance du Christ with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Sir Andrew Davis.
Recordings include Schumann Das Paradies und die Peri with the London Symphony Orchestra and Sir Simon Rattle (LSO Live); Handel Messiah with Le Concert d'Astrée and Emmanuelle Haim (Erato/Warner Classics) and Schumann Szenen aus Goethes Faust with the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks and Daniel Harding.