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 at the 50th International Vocal Competition in ‘s-Hertogenbosch and the Montréal International Music Competition’s Oratorio Prize, Haji recently performed Bach’s Matthäus Passion with Pinnock and the National Arts Centre Orchestra and Messiah for the Toronto Symphony - Debus conducting.
Further appearances during the 2018/2010 season included Rodolfo in La Bohème and Cassio in Otello for the Canadian Opera Company (COC), Bach’s Mass in B minor for the Amadeus Choir, and Alfredo in Die Fledermaus for Saskatoon Opera. His coming season begins with Alfredo in La Traviata for Vancouver Opera, followed by Messiah for the Edmonton Symphony, Rossini’s Stabat mater with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Beethoven’s Symphony No 9 for the Victoria Symphony, and Berlioz Messe solennelle for the Belgrade Symphony, Winnipeg Symphony and a tour with the Winnipeg Symphony of the Netherlands, all conducted by Daniel Raiskin.
In 2017/2018, the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern winner was heard as Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore in Toronto for the COC and for Vancouver Opera, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 for the Toronto Symphony, Messiah for the Grand Philharmonic Choir of Kitchener-Waterloo, and the opening night gala at the Elora Festival. Haji is an alumnus of the COC Ensemble Studio and on the mainstage at the Four Seasons Centre he has been 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 Sivigliaand Ferrando in Così fan tutte.
The Salzburg Festival featured Haji in its 2017 production of Donizetti’s Lucrezia Borgia, his festival debut. For the Wexford Festival he starred as Hélios in Félicien David’s Herculanum; and for Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, as Rodolfo in Puccini’s La Bohème. The music of Beethoven and Handel claimed his attention in performances with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony and the Grand Philharmonic Choir.
Selected recent and upcoming concert engagements include performances of Haydn’s The Creation, Verdi’s Requiem, Puccini’s Messa di Gloria, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Rossini’s Petite messe solennelle, and Mozart’s Requiem, Mass in C minor, and Coronation Mass.
Andrew Haji holds both a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree from the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music where he performed in productions of Les mamelles de Tirésias, 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. A native-born Ontarian, he has received awards from the Marilyn Horne Song Competition in Santa Barbara and the COC’s annual Ensemble Studio Competition.