Andrew Wilkowske – when singing a “virile, sturdy Marcello” or a “garrulous yet endearing” Papageno – displays an engaging combination of musical talent and masterful stage presence. Wilkowske, whose voice has been described as “nimble,” with an “impressively open top,” is one of the most versatile performers on the stage today. His recent performance of La Rocca in Verdi's King For a Day at Glimmerglass Festival was called "superb" by to The New York Times and "brought impressive command to the text" according to The Wall Street Journal.
Wilkowske was most recently seen at Minnesota Opera as Dr. Dulcamara in The Elixir of Love, Geronte in Manon Lescaut and Papageno in The Magic Flute, which he will soon repeat as part of the Komische Oper Berlin's tour of China. He also reprised the role of Ponchel in the Pulitzer Prize-winning Silent Night with Lyric Opera of Kansas City, a role he created in 2011 with Minnesota Opera, and again with Opera Philadelphia, Lyric Opera of Kansas City and Cincinnati Opera. A telecast of Silent Night was later broadcast on PBS.
Recent engagements include The Barber of Seville with New York's Onsite Opera; Guns N' Rosenkavalier, a rock n' roll recital with 5 Boroughs Music Festival and Glimmerglass Festival, a project he created with composer John Glover; Sharpless in Madama Butterfly with Minnesota Opera; Mr. Gedge in Albert Herring with Florentine Opera; Guglielmo in Così fan tutte with Intermountain Opera Bozeman; Tonio in I pagliacci with Mill City Summer Opera; Belcore in L'elisir d'amore with Utah Opera; Carmina burana with the Minnesota Orchestra, under the baton of Osmo Vänksä; and Emperor Overall in The Emperor of Atlantis with Boston Lyric Opera and Chicago Opera Theater.
Widely known for his expertise in modern repertoire, Wilkowske recently sang in the premiere of Lucy, a one-man opera written by John Glover and Kelley Rourke with Milwaukee Opera Theatre. Other recent premieres include Kirke Mechem's The Rivals with Skylight Music Theatre; The Grapes of Wrath, by Ricky Ian Gordon and Michael Korie with Minnesota Opera and Pittsburgh Opera; The Adventures of Pinocchio, by Jonathan Dove and Alastair Miles with Minnesota Opera; and The Fly, by Howard Shore and Henry David Hwang with Los Angeles Opera.
Active on the musical theater stage, Wilkowske’s performance in Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris was called “chilling” and “deeply moving” by the St. Paul Pioneer Press, and his performance in the world premiere of Sleeping Beauty with the Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati earned him a nomination for a Cincinnati Entertainment Award.
Wilkowske’s escapades as opera's favorite barber are documented in his award-winning “A Year of Figaro” blog.