Andrew René, baritone, has participated in numerous vocal competitions and professional engagements, including performances with the Virginia Opera Association, the Bay View Music Festival, Opera Raw, Piedmont Opera, the A. J. Fletcher Opera Institute and the Princeton Festival. This year, he will play Sam in Trouble in Tahiti, Dandini in La cenerentola, and Golaud in Impressions de Pelléas.
The summer of 2015 marked Andrew's third year of attendance at the Bay View Music Festival where he performed the role of Marcello in their production of Puccini's La bohème. In the summer of 2017, he returned to sing the role of Escamillo in Carmen. His previous roles include John Sorel in Menotti's The Consul, the Pirate King in Gilbert and Sullivan's Pirates of Penzance, Guglielmo in Mozart's Così fan tutte, Riolobo in Catàn’s Florencia en el Amazonas, Harlequin in Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos and the title role of Verdi's Falstaff.
René recently received his undergraduate degree from Capital University where he studied with Élise DesChamps and Brian Banion, and is pursuing a Master of Music degree at the A. J. Fletcher Opera Institute.