Toronto-born baritone Andrew Adridge is a proud Guyanese-Canadian performer known for his commanding stage presence and versatility of vocal ability. He is a recent graduate of the University of Toronto Opera program where he studied under Wendy Nielsen. He also holds a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance from U of T, studying under Peters Barnes.
Andrew’s passion for the art form extends beyond performing. He works as the Operations Associate for Opera.ca, the representative body for opera in Canada, and is the Co-Founder of Opera InReach, an initiative aimed at examining the civic impact of opera, creating an authentic Canadian identity for it, and engaging the next generation with equitable and diverse digital programming and mentorship. Andrew enjoys spending time with his cat Burt and experiencing several aspects of his beautiful homeland of Canada. He graciously acknowledges the traditional caretakers of the land he calls home. The Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee, and the Wendat peoples.
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In this Interview
Access to Information, Anti-Racism, Arts Funding, Black Identity, Discrimination, Economic Disparity, Elitism, Equity, Ethnicity, Eurocentrism, Identity, Mental Health, Outreach, Performative Diversity, Police Violence, Safe Spaces, Self-Advocacy, Second-Generation Canadian, Systemic Discrimination, Tokenization
This interview makes mention of Blackface and Yellowface. This interview also mentions the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor.
On November 20, 2020, Andrew Adridge participated in an interview with Rosemonde Desjardins (member of the Faculty of Music Anti-Racism Alliance).
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