“As the Grand Inquisitor, Gustav Andreassen is outstanding and absolutely chilling. He’s frail and feeble to the eye (mostly due to Andreassen’s physical performance choices and a few costume and makeup tricks) but he possesses a booming voice that brings you to The Edge of your seat.” -BroadwayWorld.com
Norwegian-American bass Gustav Andreassen has performed with major opera companies and orchestras throughout North America and Europe to great acclaim. For his recent portrayal of Sparafucile in Rigoletto, Opera News stated: “The extraordinary potent bass of Gustav Andreassen was all black tone – sonorous, distinctive, with fine musicianship and dramatic flair.” In the 2013 -2014 season, he returned to Opéra Atelier in Toronto and Utah Opera and joined the Bellingham Festival to reprise his Osmin in Die Entführung aus dem Serail and sang the Grand Inquisitor in Austin Lyric Opera’s Don Carlo. Engagements for the 2014-2015 season included joining the Lyric Opera of Chicago as the cover of Commendatore in Don Giovanni and Ferrando in Il trovatore, Opera Birmingham as Claudius in Hamlet, and a return to Austin Lyric Opera as the Commendatore. This season will see his debut with Glyndebourne to cover Osmin in Die Entführung aus dem Serail, a return to Boston Baroque as Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte, and Verdi’s Requiem with Midcoast Symphony Orchestra.
Mr. Andreassen’s 2012-13 season engagements included the King in Aida with Cincinnati Opera and Verdi’s Requiem with the Binghamton Philharmonic. In 2011-12 he sang Ramfis in Aida with Opera Tampa, Nick Shadow in The Rake’s Progress with the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, and Samuel in Un ballo in maschera with New Orleans Opera. His 2010-11 season included singing Sparafucile in Rigoletto with Cincinnati Opera, the roles of Truffaldino in Ariadne auf Naxos, Nick Shadow in The Rake’s Progress and Wotan in an Opera Gala titled “The Romance of the Ring”, all with Toledo Opera and Verdi’s Requiem with both Opera Naples and the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra.
Mr. Andreassen’s prolific opera career includes successes at leading opera houses throughout the world. Internationally, he has appeared with Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Hamburgishe Staatsoper, De Vlaamse Opera, and in Lucca, Italy in such roles as Ferrando in Il trovatore, Sparafucile in Rigoletto, and King Philip II in Don Carlos. With San Francisco Opera he has performed Sourin in Pique Dame and Prince Gremin. Gustav is a frequent presence at Utah Opera, having performed Daland in Der fliegende Holländer, Truffaldino in Ariadne auf Naxos and the King in Aida. He has joined Arizona Opera in presenting multiple roles, including Daland, Leporello in Don Giovanni, Blitch in Susannah, and Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte. Additional career highlights include Osmin with both Boston Lyric Opera and Glimmerglass Opera, Basilio in Il barbiere di Siviglia with Wolf Trap Opera, as well as Commendatore in Don Giovanni with Boston Baroque, Florida Grand Opera and Cincinnati Opera among others. He has sung Colline in La bohème with both Portland Opera and Indianapolis Opera, Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor with Green Mountain Opera Festival, appeared in concert as Prince Gremin in Eugene Onegin with the National Symphony Orchestra and sang the roles of Mercury and Ghost of Hector in Berlioz’s Les Troyens with the Boston Symphony Orchestra under James Levine at Tanglewood.
An avid concert artist, Mr. Andreassen’s extensive list of symphonic engagements includes performances of Mozart’s Requiem with Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 13 with Seattle Symphony, Bach’s Magnificat with Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, both Handel’s Messiah and Mozart’s Requiem with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra and the world premiere of Liszt’s St. Stanislaus at the Cincinnati May Festival under the baton of James Conlon. He has performed Verdi’s Requiem with the Rochester Philharmonic, Hartford Symphony Orchestra, the Louisville Orchestra, and Black Hills Symphony and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Fresno Philharmonic, Springfield Symphony and at the Chautauqua Institution. Additional concert appearances include Beethoven’s Mass in C and Choral Fantasy with Omaha Symphony Orchestra, Mozart’s Mass in C Minor with Alabama Symphony Orchestra, Schubert’s Mass in G with Arizona State Chorus, Mozart’s Vesparae Solemnes with Masterworks Chorale of Tucson and Schoenberg’s Gurreliederat as well as Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 13, “Babi Yar” with the Aspen Music Festival.