Non-opera singer is on trial for fraud

Non-opera singer is on trial for fraud


norman lebrecht

April 03, 2019

A man whose website describes him as ‘one of the UK’s leading operatic tenors’ has gone on trial for allegedly taking £100,000 from a widow.

Andrew Amdur, 48, is charged with defrauding Elizabeth Shaheen, 67. He denies the charges.

We can find no record of Andrew Amdur having sung opera in a professional cast. He has, however, sung the National Anthem at a rugby international and Nessun Dorma at the World Travel Awards.

His dormant Twitter account states: Andrew studied at the Guildhall school of Music.He was trained by Carlo Bergonzi, who has proclaimed that Andrew has the finest tenor voice in the world.

The trial continues.

In extensive coverage, the Evening Standard headline read: ‘Opera singer stole £100k from widow to fund his classic cars’


  • John Rook says:

    Maybe it was the World Travel Federation.

  • John5962 says: Here is what you find at the above mentioned address: “Biography
    Andrew Amdur is one of the UK ‘s leading operatic tenors. He has performed and recorded with many of the leading names in contemporary classical music, including Karl Jenkins and Carlo Bergonzi and sung in some of the most prestigious venues in Europe including the Teatro Verdi in Busseto.
    His favorite roles include Cavaradossi in Tosca, Rodolfo in La Boheme, Elvino in La Sonnambula and Macduff in Macbeth.
    Andrew studied at the Guildhall school of Music in London and the Oran Brown Seminary at the Julliard School in New York . He has trained extensively with the distinguished tenor Carlo Bergonzi in Italy , who has proclaimed that Andrew has “the finest tenor voice in the world”.
    Some of the highlights of Andrew’s career can be seen below..
    Singing Pie Jesu with composer, Karl Jenkins and the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra.
    Performing the National Anthem at Twickenham Rugby Stadium before a live audience of 80.000 and a broadcast audience of millions more on the BBC and Sky Television.
    Andrew is a regular performer in Dubai and has performed at the World Travel Awards. (click the link below:)

  • Vladislav says:

    The Bergonzi estate has every right to sue him for saying that Carlo said he has ‘one of the finest tenor voices in the world’… because he clealry did not say that.

  • Roger1977 says:

    Andrew Amdur. Opera singer my arse. Listened to his you tube videos? A right cat’s chorus. Deluded himself almost as much as he did the poor old lady he stole from.