Andrew Foster-Williams studied at, and is now a Fellow of, the Royal Academy of Music in London. His recent and upcoming opera engagements include Leporello in Mozart’s Don Giovanni at Washington National Opera, Telramund in Wagner’s Lohengrin at the 2013 Lanaudière Festival in Québec; the title role in Rossini’s William Tell in Wildbad; Hidraot, Roi de Damascus in Gluck’s Armide for Netherlands Opera; Handel’s Messiah and Balstrode in Britten’s Peter Grimes for Lyon Opera; and Golaud in Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande at the Bolshoi Theatre.
Mr. Foster-Williams’s concert plans this season and beyond include Mozart’s Requiem with the London Symphony and New York Philharmonic; Bach’s Saint Matthew Passion with the Philadelphia Orchestra; Haydn’s Creation with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment; Epaphus in Lully’s Phaëton on a European tour with Les Talens Lyriques; Verdi’s Requiem with the Orchestre Métropolitain, Montreal; and Spohr’s Die Letzen Dinge and J.C. Bach’s Lucia Silla with the Mozarteum Orchestra, Salzburg. He also gives a recital at London’s Wigmore Hall with Simon Lepper. Mr. Foster-Williams’s US appearances have included Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass and Bach’s Lutheran Mass, BWV 233, with the Cleveland Orchestra; Mozart’s Requiem with the Philadelphia Orchestra; Messiah with the New York Philharmonic, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Milwaukee Symphony and the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra.
In recent seasons Mr. Foster-Williams has performed Haydn’s The Seasons with the London Symphony and with the Netherlands Philharmonic, Beethoven Missa solemnis and Brahms’s German Requiem with L’Orchestre des Champs-Élysées and with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Stravinsky’s Pulcinella with L’Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo, Mendelssohn’s Elijah with the Deutsches Sinfonie-Orchester Berlin, Haydn’s Creation and Seasons with the Gabrieli Consort and also with Concert Spirituel, and a solo orchestral program of works by Handel and Mozart with the Hong Kong Philharmonic and Adelaide Symphony. His opera appearances have included the Göttingen Handel Festival, Opéra National de Lorraine, Opera North, Opéra National du Rhin, Welsh National Opera, and Glyndebourne on Tour. He makes his San Francisco Symphony debut with these performances.