Lauded for his, "Charming...robust baritone…” Romanian-American baritone Andrew G. Manea has been continually rising to the top of the opera world at an impressively young age. Andrew’s recent roles include Marcello, La Bohème; #7, Transformations; Forester, The Cunning Little Vixen; Escamillo, Carmen; Danilo, The Merry Widow, and the Father, Hansel and Gretel. In a very successful 2016 season, Andrew was awarded 1st place and Audience Favorite in the Mary Jacobs Smith Singer of the Year Competition with Shreveport Opera, 2nd place and Audience Favorite in the Opera Columbus Cooper-Bing International Vocal Competition, Finalist in the Jensen Foundation Vocal Competition, and was a Career Grant recipient in the Giulio Gari Foundation Competition. Continuing to rise to success, Andrew has begun the 2017 season by winning the Midwest Region of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and will be singing on the Metropolitan Opera stage in March for the Semi-Finals. Andrew has also been awarded a position as new member of the San Francisco Opera’s Adler Fellowship program. This coming season at San Francisco Opera he will be performing Marullo in Rigoletto, covering Marcello in La Bohème, performing Marchese d’Obigny in La Traviata, performing in a world premiere of John Adams’ Girls of the Golden West, and will be performing a Schwabacher Debut Recital with esteemed pianist Warren Jones. Andrew holds his Bachelors degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music and his Masters degree from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music, where he studied with the prolific Bill McGraw.