Baritone, Andrew Payne hails from Waynesboro, Pennsylvania, and is a student of Jennifer Rowley. Andrew has recently finished up with Central City Opera as an apprentice artist for the 2022 season. Past operatic roles have been Tour guide (The Light in the Piazza), Marchese d’Obigny (La traviata), Howard (Dog Days), Sam (Trouble in Tahiti), Guglielmo (Così Fan Tutte), Benoît/Alcindoro (La bohème), Johann and Albert understudy (Werther), Nick Shadow (The Rake’s Progress), Frank (Die Fledermaus), Claudio (Béatrice et Bénédict) and the Gendarme (Les Mamelles de Tirésias). Mr. Payne has also been the baritone soloist in Stacey Garrop’s oratorio, Terra Nostra. Mr. Payne has won first place in Opera Idol hosted by Sherrill Milnes. He has performed in masterclasses with Sherrill Milnes, Jennifer Rowley, Warren Jones, Anthony Michaels-Moore, and Brenton Ryan. Andrew is honored to be with Shreveport Opera as a resident artist for the 2022-2023 season.