Tenor Andrew Penning is a versatile performer in opera and concert, bringing vocal and dramatic depth to his performances and a great sense of timing to light hearted comic roles. As a Resident Artist at Arizona Opera for the 2015/2016 season, he performed the leading roles of Arcadio in Florencia en el Amazonas and Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni. Andrew was featured as a Young Artist at Des Moines Metro Opera in summer 2015 and at the Glimmerglass Festival in 2014 and 2013.
Opera Today March 2016 — Don Giovanni -“A smooth Ottavio, Andrew Penning sang a well articulated “Il mio tesoro” and made a fine partner for Andrea Shokery’s dramatically eloquent and musically exquisite Donna Anna.”
Opera News April 2016 — Falstaff -“Andrew Penning and Calvin Griffin made Bardolfo and Pistola atypically hunky.”
Opera Today April 2016 — Falstaff -“Andrew Penning and Calvin Griffin, created the spirited characters of Bardolfo and Pistola with vocal charm and plenty of hijinks.”
Opera News February 2012 — Eugene Onegin -“Three Arizona Opera Studio Artists offered impressively pleasing work, Andrew Penning’s well-sung, touching Triquet.
Opera Today February 21012 — Eugene Onegin -“Andrew Penning offered a charming interlude as M. Triquet.”
Arizona Daily Star December 2014 — Messiah –“Penning, though, was a show-stealer, singing at times with richly nuanced vibrato and at other times with such ringing clarity that you just couldn’t take your eyes off him.”
Opera News July 2012 — Of Mice and Men – “cast standouts included … Utah Opera resident artist Andrew Penning as the Ballad Singer, whose sweet lyric tenor conveyed the worker’s conscience.”