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Syracuse University, MM
Oberlin Conservatory of Music, BM
Oberlin College, BA
Andrea Folan enjoys a reputation as a versatile and exciting soprano, and is in demand not only as a solo recitalist and chamber musician, but also in oratorio and opera performances, with original instrument orchestras, as well as with contemporary ensembles.
With extensive training and experience in performance practice, Andrea has impressive early music credentials. She has interpreted works from Hildegard von Bingen's chants to English lute songs, Landini songs to Handel arias and Bach cantatas. She has performed with period ensembles including the Publick Musick, the Folger Consort, NYS Baroque, Apollo's Fire, and the Mannes Camerata, and is a regular soloist at Bach festivals. She made her Lincoln Center debut several years ago as a featured soloist with the American Symphony Orchestra in a rarely performed Haydn oratorio.
Andrea considers the German Lied repertoire one of her special loves, and has appeared regularly both in the U.S. and abroad with acclaimed fortepianists, including Malcolm Bilson, Bart van Oort, Andrew Willis,Tom Beghin, and Kris Bezuidenhout in festivals and on recital series, including the Festival Flanders in Brugge, Belgium Ð a performance which was broadcast live on Belgian radio, at the Bard Festival, and at Jordan Hall in Boston. Her discography includes two Lied recordings, one of Haydn songs and a second featuring the songs of Mendelssohn and Zelter.
Andrea is also active with orchestras in the North East, performing frequent Messiah's and other large symphonic works with the Syracuse Symphony, the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, the Erie Philharmonic, the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra, the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra, the Rochester Oratorio Society, to name but a few.
A native of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Andrea actually grew up in Germany. She has a degree in Voice Performance from Oberlin Conservatory of Music and a degree in German Literature from Oberlin College. She completed her performance Master's Degree at Syracuse University with Helen Boatwright.