ANDY BERRY, bass, is humbled to realize a dream and join Chanticleer for his first season. He has performed as a soloist with the Santa Fe Opera, the Pittsburgh Opera, the Vietnam National Ballet and Opera Orchestra, Singapore’s Metropolitan Festival Orchestra, and the Central City Opera. Past roles include the title character in Massenet's Don Quichotte, Isacio in the second US performance of Handel’s Riccardo Primo, and Kōbun Otogawa (cover) in the GRAMMY-winning world premiere of Mason Bates’ The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs. Andy believes that chamber vocal music (and all art) is vital because it testifies to the power of collaboration, the importance of the present moment, and the beauty of shared humanity. He earned his M.M. in voice/opera from the Yale School of Music and a B.S. in psychology/neuroscience cum laude from Yale College. In January 2016, he won second place in the Metropolitan Opera National Council’s Northeast Regional Final and later that year received the David L. Kasdon Award for one outstanding singer at the Yale School of Music. As an undergraduate, Andy directed the Yale Whiffenpoofs and served as assistant undergraduate conductor to the Yale Glee Club. Andy was born and raised in Cabin John, MD, just outside of Washington, D.C., and he is thrilled to be exploring his (half) Japanese roots living in Japantown, San Francisco.