Extolled by The Baltimore Sun for his “robust work” and DC Metro Theater Arts for “a heart-stopping, high voltage bass-baritone voice,” Andrew Thomas Pardini continues to win audiences with his vibrant tone and thrilling character portrayals.
Upcoming engagements during the 2020-2021 Season include company and role debuts with Opera Orlando as Dr. Falke/Die Fledermaus, Peter (Cover)/Hansel and Gretel, and Dancaïre & Escamillo (Cover)/Carmen, in addition to serving as a 2020-2021 Opera Orlando Studio Artist.
During the 2019-2020 Season, Pardini made his company and role debuts as Nils Krogstad at Voice Afire Opera-Cabaret in the World Premiere of Raymond Luedeke’s A Doll’s House, role debut as Edmund Bertram/Mansfield Park at Opera Modesto, role debut as The Pirate King/The Pirates of Penzance at Winter Opera Saint Louis, and role debut as Silvio/Pagliacci at Salt Marsh Opera.
Pardini made his company and European debuts at Berkeley Community Chorus & Orchestra as part of its 2018-2019 Season, where he performed the Baritone Soloist/Ein deutsches Requiem at such venues as Hertz Hall (Berkeley, USA), Alexela Kontserdimaja (Tallinn, Estonia), Rīgas Doms (Riga, Latvia), and Konserthuset Stockholm (Stockholm, Sweden). Other recent engagements include company debuts as Schaunard/La bohème at The Festival of the Atlantic and Salt Marsh Opera, company and role debuts as Tobia Mill/La cambiale di matrimonio and Der dritte Edle & Telramund (Cover)/Lohengrin at Opera Southwest, company debut as Peter/Hänsel und Gretel at Bar Harbor Music Festival, role debut as Emperor Overall/The Emperor of Atlantis at IN Series, role debuts as Marco/Gianni Schicchi and Buoso’s Ghost at OperaDelaware, company and role debuts as Zurga/Les pêcheurs de perles at Winter Opera Saint Louis, company debut as Bass Soloist/Messiah at Bach In Baltimore, company and role debuts as Baritone Soloist/Ein deutsches Requiem at Crescent Choral Society, as well as company and role debuts as Albert/Werther at Baltimore Concert Opera and OperaDelaware.
Priding himself as a champion of contemporary works, Pardini relishes the opportunity to be a part of the creative and developmental process, garnering acclaim for his striking interpretations. Pardini joined good friend and composer, Joshua Rush Barnett, as the Baritone Soloist for the premiere of his epic Civil War masterwork, Valley Echoes. He originated the role of Andreas Baader in The Last Act of Revolution, the inaugural operatic undertaking of composer, Evan Meier, and librettist, Lucas Richmond, and also created the role of Navarro in the Los Angeles debut of David Conte and Oliver Mayer’s racially-charged opera, America Tropical.
The realm of vocal competition has propelled Pardini’s burgeoning career, helping him to capture a loyal following of supporters. Foremost among his many successes, Pardini won Second Place in the 2015 Michael Ballam Concorso Lirico International Vocal Competition, as well as being a Finalist in both the 2017 Gerda Lissner Foundation Lieder/Song Vocal Competition and 2014 Partners for the Arts Vocal Awards Competition, and the recipient of an Encouragement Award in the 2012 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions – Pittsburgh District.
Pardini has honed his craft at a number of Young Artist Programs and training institutes throughout the United States, the most notable being Opera Southwest Apprentice Artist Program, Opera Maine Studio Artist Program, The Atlanta Opera Studio Artist Program, The Crested Butte Music Festival Opera Studio, Dayton Opera Artists-In-Residence Program, Bay Area Summer Opera Theater Institute, and OperaWorks.
Pardini holds a Master of Music degree in Opera Performance from the University of Maryland – Maryland Opera Studio, under the tutelage of Dominic Cossa and François Loup, and a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Southern California – Thornton School of Music, studying with Gary Glaze.
Prior to university, Pardini spent his earliest years as the student of Erik “Buck” Townsend, who reared him from boy soprano to “baby baritone,” imbuing him with a passion and reverence for singing and performing. Pardini dedicates his every artistic pursuit, with love and admiration, to his voice teacher and mentor.
A native of Modesto, California, Pardini is based in the Philadelphia metropolitan area.