Canadian tenor Andrew Haji is quickly becoming one of the most sought-after voices on both the operatic and concert stage. Winner of the Grand Prix, the Press Prize, and the Junior Jury Prize at the 50th International Vocal Competition in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, he debuted last season at the Wexford Festival as Hélios in Félicien David’s Herculanum and as Rodolfo in Puccini’s La bohème for the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. Haji is an alumnus of the Canadian Opera Company (COC) Ensemble Studio and on the mainstage at the Four Seasons Centre, he was most recently heard as Alfredo in La traviata and Tamino in Die Zauberflöte. During his time as a member of the Ensemble Studio, his leading roles included Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia and Ferrando in Così fan tutte .
The Salzburg Festival features Mr. Haji in its 2017 production of Bellini’s Lucrezia Borgia – his festival debut – and he also looks forward to Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 for the Toronto Symphony, and Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore for both the COC and the Vancouver Opera. The music of Beethoven and Handel claim hi s attention this season in performances with the Kitchener Waterloo Symphony and the Grand Philharmonic Choir.
On the concert stage, selected recent and upcoming engagements include performances of Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s The Creation, Verdi’s Requiem, Puccini’s Messa di Gloria, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Rossini’s Petite messe solennelle, Bach’s St Matthew Passion, and Mozart’s Requiem, Mass in C minor, and Coronation Mass.
Andrew Haji holds both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from the University of Toronto’ s Faculty of Music where he performed in productions of Les mamelles de Tiresias, Don Giovanni, Candide, Il mondo della luna and Rob Ford , the Opera, among others. He was invited to participate in young artist programmes at the Salzburg Festival Young Singers Project, the Centre for Opera Studies in Italy, the Music Academy of the West and Accademia Europea dell’Opera where he was influenced by some of the world’s finest musicians. In addition to his Grand Prize in the Netherlands, he has received awards from the Marilyn Horne Song Competition in Santa Barbara and the COC’s annual Ensemble Studio Competition.
“But mostly, VO’s version highlights the music. Haji creates a hugely sympathetic, naive Nemorino, and his famous second-act aria—“Una furtiva lagrima”, the one almost everyone’s come to hear—is fittingly unshowy. Punctuated by its unlikely bassoon, it’s unrushed, beautifully modulated, and vulnerable, as mellifluous as it is moving.” – E’lisir d’amore, Vancouver Opera
Straight.com – Janet Smith
“Then there’s Andrew Haji as the gauche but endearing Nemorino. Haji’s prepared to act up a storm while delivering music that makes daunting technical demands. As with Fang, the freshness of his sound, and the easy sincerity of his stage presence, take a stock tale of village romance to an elevated level.” – E’lisir d’amore, Vancouver Opera
Vancouver Sun – David Gordon Duke
“The singer who inhabited his role most naturally was Haji. He played Nemorino earnestly, not for laughs, and the laughs came easily. He delivered one of the most famous tenor arias of all time, Una furtiva lagrima, smoothly and without fuss.” – Elixir of Love, Canadian Opera
The Globe and Mail, Lydia Pervoic
“Haji gives a warm, sympathetic performance as Nemorino and beautifully delivers the opera’s most famous aria, Una Furtiva Lagrima.” – Elixir of Love, Canadian Opera
NOW Magazine, Christopher Hoile
“Singing one of opera’s most famous tenor arias, there is a lot of anticipation thrust on the singer taking on the role of Nemorino. Luckily, Andrew Haji’s impressive voice is just the right fit for the swooning lover. Haji forces us to feel awfully sympathetic for his Nemorino and there is not a moment we aren’t rooting for him…. His “Una furtiva lagrima” was the highlight of the evening. You could hear a pin drop, the crowd was listening so attentively. Haji’s singing checks all of the boxes – a sincere commitment to emotional communication, stable and beautifully navigated coloratura, and resonant dynamic dexterity. I have a feeling he will be singing this role for a long time to come.” – Elixir of Love, Canadian Opera
Broadway World Toronto, Taylor Long
‘L’Elisir d’amore’ at the Vancouver Opera Company
Tenor ANDREW HAJI sings the role of Nemorino in the Vancouver Opera Company’s latest production of Donizetti’s ‘Elixir of Love’. Performances run January 21 – 27, 2018, at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Vancouver.
THE MAGIC VICTROLA AT THE CANADIAN OPERA COMPANY
Tenor ANDREW HAJI, joins other member of the COC’s Ensemble Studio Program in The Magic Victrola; a special production for young audiences, directed by ASHLIE CORCORAN and featuring the music of Bizet, Delibes, Donizetti, Mozart, Offenbach, and Puccini. Show’s run from December 01 – 03, 2017 at the Imperial Oil Opera Theatre, in Toronto.
Elixir of Love at Canadian Opera Company
Tenor Andrew Haji sings the role of Nemorino in the Canadian Opera Company’s production of Donizetti’s ‘Elixir of Love’. Performances run October 11 – November 04, 2017
“Ye people, rend your hearts…” from Elijah by Mendelssohn from the 50th International Vocal Competition ‘s-Hertogenbosch (2015)
“Una furtiva lagrima” from L’Elisir d’Amore by Donizetti from the 50th International Vocal Competition ‘s-Hertogenbosch (2015)