Praised by opera critics for his “deep, solid notes full of richness,” and for his “superbly sung” “breathtaking delivery of arias and recitatives;” rising regional star Lyric Baritone Andrew Fellows has quickly become known throughout the San Francisco Bay Area for his work in opera. This previous season Andrew made several house and role debuts, appearing as Mars in Pocket Opera’s production of Orpheus in the Underworld, and as Un Carceriere in Tosca with Opera San José. An advocate for new music and opera, Andrew has taken part in several world premieres and new operas where he was heard as a featured soloist in Alma Deutscher’s Cinderella, now streaming on Youtube, as well as with West Edge Opera’s new opera showcase “Snapshots” at the San Francisco Opera Center where he performed the roles of Cody in The Limit of the Sun, Shiro Azuma in When Purple Mountains Burn, and The Cellist in The Morpheus Quartet. He also originated the role of Rodin’s apprentice in A Jake Heggie Triptych with Festival Opera, and will appear in the West coast premiere of the new opera Broken Chord in collaboration with Stanford Live, and choreographer composer duo Gregory Maqoma, and Thuthuka Sibisi. Further work this season includes his debut as the Bass Soloist in Handel’s Messiah, and a return to Opera San José in their 40th anniversary season appearing as Grégorio while covering the role of Comte Capulet in Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette, he will also study cover Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, and will appear as A Court Usher, while covering Marullo in Verdi’s Rigoletto. Career highlights include cover Elder McLean in Susannah (Festival Opera), Escamillo in Carmen (Varna International), Figaro in Le Nozze di Figaro (Stanford Live), Bartolo cover in Le Nozze di Figaro (Opera San José).
"Stepping into the Dinkelspiel Auditorium on Friday, my attention was immediately drawn by the cozy set lit by a soft, blue light and the orchestra’s accompanying joyful tunes. This past weekend, the Department of Music presented “Figaro’s Wedding,” a curtailed adaptation of Mozart’s famous opera “The Marriage of Figaro.”... From the very beginning, with the orchestra’s iconic Overture resounding in the auditorium, the production did not disappoint… Above all, the production impressed me with the singers’ breathtaking delivery of arias and recitatives, relying on no amplification technology other than their vocal chords... I was ...captivated by the humor each singer was able to embody across such barriers. Upon discovering the Count’s sexual predatory behavior towards his fiancée, Figaro’s (performed by Festival Opera singer Andrew Fellows) parody of the Count’s movements as he sang “If you want to dance, Sir Count, I’ll play the guitar for you” had me in a roar of laughter at his comical subversion of class hierarchies. In the end, Figaro dramatically opens his bosom to Susanna dressed as the Countess to torment her into thinking that he is throwing himself at the Countess, evoking chuckles from the audience... the Department of Music’s production of “Figaro’s Wedding” — with its overwhelming talent and thought-provoking themes — was a spectacle both entertaining and rewarding to the audience."
- The Stanford Daily, Arts & Life, 2022 - "Figaro's Wedding" (Le Nozze di Figaro)
"Among ... this stellar-sounding, immensely comedic cast of fourteen .... we meet"
the god "of wars (Andrew Fellows’ Mars with deep, solid notes full of richness)."
- Theatre Eddy's, San Francisco Bay Area Theater Reviews - Orpheus in the Underworld June 19th 2023 by Eddie Reynolds