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 2019-20 Season include role debuts as Silvio/Pagliacci at Salt Marsh Opera, The Pirate King/The Pirates of Penzance at Winter Opera Saint Louis, Edmund Bertram/Mansfield Park at Opera Modesto, and company and role debuts as Nils Krogstad at Voice Afire Opera-Cabaret in the World Premiere of Ray Luedeke’s A Doll’s House. Pardini recently made his company and European debuts as Baritone Soloist/Ein deutsches Requiem at Berkeley Community Chorus & Orchestra, company debut as Schaunard/La bohème at The Festival of the Atlantic, company and role debuts as Tobia Mill/La cambiale di matrimonio and Third Nobleman & Telramund (Cover)/Lohengrin at Opera Southwest, and role debut as Schaunard/La bohème at Salt Marsh Opera.
During the 2017-18 Season, Pardini made his company debut as Father/Hänsel und Gretel at Bar Harbor Music Festival Opera Theatre, role debut as Emperor Overall/The Emperor of Atlantis at The 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, Bass Soloist/Messiah at Bach In Baltimore, Baritone Soloist/Ein deutsches Requiem at Crescent Choral Society, and company and role debuts as Albert/Werther at Baltimore Concert Opera and OperaDelaware. During the 2016-17 Season, Pardini made his company and role debuts with The Atlanta Opera as William Dale/Silent Night, Un Notaro & Malatesta (Cover)/Don Pasquale, and Dandini/La Cenerentola, in addition to serving as Studio Baritone as part of its inaugural 2016-17 Studio Artist Program. In summer 2016, Pardini was a Studio Artist as part of The Crested Butte Opera Studio at Crested Butte Music Festival, performing the role of Marcello/La bohème.
Favorite past roles include Figaro/Le nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni & Leporello/Don Giovanni, Marcello & Schaunard/La bohème, Papageno/Die Zauberflöte, Gianni Schicchi/Gianni Schicchi, Marullo/Rigoletto, and Samuel/Un ballo in maschera. Pardini has been garnering acclaim for his striking interpretations of concert works and oratorio. On more than one occasion, Pardini has sung the Baritone Soloist in Faurè’s Requiem with The Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, Bethesda. In March 2014, Pardini joined good friend and composer, Joshua Rush Barnett, as the Baritone Soloist for the premier of his epic Civil War masterwork, Valley Echoes. Priding himself as a champion of contemporary works, Pardini relishes the opportunity to be a part of the creative and developmental process. Pardini originated the role of Andreas Baader in The Last Act of Revolution, the inaugural operatic undertaking of composer, Evan Meier, and librettist, Lucas Richmond. He 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, 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 New York metropolitan area.