Andrew Nolen


Praised for his “authoritative bass” by Opera News and described as “simply breathtaking” by the Rheinische Post, American bass Andrew Nolen has performed a diverse repertoire in opera and concert venues spanning the globe, from Avery Fisher Hall and Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, New York to the Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Düsseldorf. Mr. Nolen’s operatic roles include Figaro in Le Nozze di Figaro, Leporello in Don Giovanni, Nick Shadow in The Rake’s Progress, Olin Blitch in Susannah, Alidoro in La Cenerentola, and Oroveso in Norma. He has performed with international theaters and companies such Oper Bonn, Oper Dortmund, Lyrique-en-Mer in France, Santa Fe Opera, Opera Theater of St. Louis, Dubai Festival Opera, Beth Morrison Projects, and has toured with The Wooster Group to Brussels, Rotterdam, Edinborough, Luxembourg, New York and Los Angeles. Mr. Nolen has recorded with Bridge Records and can be heard as the bass soloist on Naxos of America's box set of Haydn's complete masses with maestra Jane Glover. Since joining the ensemble of Theater Krefeld-Mönchengladbach in 2011, he has sung more than twenty roles including Leporello in Don Giovanni,  Oroveso in Norma, Swallow in Peter Grimes, Orsini in Rienzi, Basilio in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, and the title role in Le Nozze di Figaro.

Nolen trained at Oberlin Conservatory, Cincinnati Conservatory, and the Juilliard Opera Center, and was an apprentice artist with Seattle Opera, Santa Fe Opera, and Opera Theater of St. Louis. He has worked under the direction of distinguished stage directors and conductors including Colin Graham, Elizabeth LeCompte, Frank Corsaro, Julius Rudel, Robert Shaw, Ton Koopman, Jane Glover, Robert Spano, and Stephen Lord, and is frequently the bass choice of composers to premiere new works.

Mr. Nolen begins the 2017/18 season in the roles of Apollyon and Lord Hategood in a production of The Pilgrim’s Progress with Gloria Dei Cantores in Orleans, Massachusetts. At Theater Krefeld-Mönchengladbach he reprises his roles of John Sorel in The Consul, Heerufer in Lohengrin, and Dr. P in The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, and premieres the roles of Le Spectre in Hamlet and Zaccharia in Nabucco. He also sings as bass soloist in The Messiah at Neuss Christuskirche.

In the 2016/17 season Nolen sang the role of The Abbot in the world premiere of Gilgamesh by composer Paola Prestini and librettist Cerise Lim Jacobs, under the auspices of Beth Morrison Projects in The Cutler Majestic Theater in Boston, for which Opera News remarked “the authoritative bass Andrew Nolen was an imposing Abbot.” At Theater Krefeld-Mönchengladbach he reprised the roles of Kuligin in Káťa Kabanová, Basilio in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Samuel in Un ballo in maschera, and premiered the roles of John Sorel in The Consul, Heerufer in Lohengrin, and Dr. P in The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat. On the concert stage, he also appeared with the Niederrheinische Sinfoniker as bass soloist in The Messiah, at the Philharmonie Essen as soloist in Mendelssohn’s Walpurgisnacht, and with Gloria Dei Cantores in Cape Cod as soloist in the Mozart Requiem.


Der gebürtige US-Amerikaner Andrew Nolen studierte am Oberlin Conservatory, dem Cincinnati Conservatory, und ist erfolgreicher Absolvent des renomierten Juilliard Opera Centers.

Erste Bühnenerfahrungen sammelte er als Eleve an der Seattle Opera und der Santa Fe Opera. Weitere Engagements führten ihn u.A. an das Opera Theater of St. Louis, dem Grand Théâtre du Luxembourg, dem Kaaitheater Bruxelles, der Rotterdamse Schouwburg, und der Dubai Festival Opera.

Ebenso rege internationale Festivaltätigkeiten u.a. beim Festival Lyrique en Mer (Belle-Île-en- Mer) in Frankreich und dem Edinburgh Festival (Royal Lyceum Theater). 2009 trat er erstmalig in der Manhattan Carnegie Hall als Sänger der Basspartie in Händel's Dettingen Te Deum mit dem Orchestra of St. Luke's auf.

Darüber hinaus sang er als Bass Solist bei Naxos of America in einer Aufnahme sämtlicher Haydn Messen auf CD unter der Stabführung von Jane Glover und dem Rebel Orchestra (2009). Ebenso auf CD: "Four Sonnets" von Eugene Drucker bei Bridge Records (2010).

Andrew Nolen arbeitete musikalisch unter den Dirigaten von Robert Shaw, Robert Spano, Julius Rudel, Stephen Lord. Meisterkurse und Coachings absolvierte er u.a. bei Marylin Horne und Warren Jones.

Seit der Saison 2011/2012 ist Nolen Mitglied des Ensembles des Theaters Krefeld-Mönchengladbach und hat hier in einer Vielzahl von Rollen gesungen, unter anderem Figaro in Le Nozze di Figaro, Oroveso in Norma, Swallow in Peter Grimes, Orsini in Rienzi, Basilio in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, und Leporello in Don Giovanni. Darüber hinaus sang er 2013 den Oroveso als Gast an der Oper Bonn, und 2016 den Swallow am Theater Dortmund und Carlo V an der Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Düsseldorf.

Operatic Roles

Concert / Oratorio