Cullen Gandy is an Atlanta-born lyric tenor who has been hailed for his unique musicality and commanding voice. He has enjoyed success singing in the great American operatic and concert venues, and among the superlative artists of this generation. Critics herald Cullen as possessing a"velvety" (Washington Post), "...sweet- voiced tenor" (NY Times), with a "...strong and confident sound, with elements of sophistication" (Atlanta Journal Constitution).
During the 2016/17 season, Cullen travels to Europe to sing with the Teatro Regio Torino, as a winner of the Opera Foundation’s Amber Capital Scholarship.
On the opera stage, he has sung and studied such roles as: Gonzalve (L'heure Espagnole) with Opera Memphis; Fritz (The Grand Duchess) with Wichita Grand Opera; Ralph Rackstraw (HMS Pinafore), Third Jew (Salome), Gastone (La Traviata) with Virginia Opera; Young Messenger (A Streetcar Named Desire) with Los Angeles Opera; Fritz (La Grande Duchesse de Gerolstein), Third Jew, and scenes as Henry Morossus (Die Schweigsame Frau), Fenton (Falstaff) with The Santa Fe Opera; Vladimir Lensky (Eugene Onegin) with Des Moines Metro Opera; Ixion and Orfée (La Descente d'Orfee aux Enfers), Jupiter/Ein Weiser/Charlie/Der Prinz (Baden Baden 1927) with Gotham Chamber Opera in New York City; Edoardo Milfort (La Cambiale di Matrimonio), Gherardo (Gianni Schicchi), Artemidore (Armide), Christoph - The Evangelist (Kommilitonen!), Gonzalve/Torquemada (L'heure Espagnole), and Soldato I/ Lucano (L'incoronazione di Poppea) as a part of the Juilliard's Ellen and James S. Marcus institute for Vocal Arts. He sang Tamino (Die Zauberflöte) with Harrower Opera Workshop in 2008 in conjunction with Georgia State Opera Theater. While working toward a bachelors degree at Georgia State, Cullen sang Candide(Candide), Nahaniel/ Franz/Cochinille (Les Contes d'Hoffman), and Steve (A Streetcar Named Desire).
An avid recitalist and active in the concert/oratorio realm, Cullen has been privileged with many auspicious debuts. Under the baton of Kent Tritle (Musica Sacra NY) he was featured as the tenor soloist, in the Winter of 2011, in Handel's inimitable Messiah; which was his debut upon the stage of the Stern Auditorium of Carnegie Hall. The next year he returned to that stage to make his debut with Mark Shapiro and the Cecilia Chorus of New York as the tenor soloist in Peter Mennin's A Christmas Story. He made his Bellingham Festival debut featured in Mozart’s Requiem Mass in the summer of 2016. In April of 2011, he made his Alice Tully Hall solo debut with Riverside Choral Society in Bach Mass in B Minor. Well-adept at concert/oratorio repertory, he has performed many other works, including: Mozart Requiem, Mozart Missa Solemnes de Confessore, Bach Cantata BWV 140, Fauré Requiem, Saint-Saens Christmas Oratorio; with such acclaimed troupes as Elysium Chamber Choir and Orchestra and the ensemble of Amir Zaheri. Cullen has also championed the song repertory, notably those of Schubert; singing multiple recitals centered around the cycles Die Schöne Müllerin and Winterreise. Not sufficing simply with German lied, he has also studied and performed the songs of: Vincenzo Bellini, Francesco Paolo Tosti, Gabriel Fauré, Ned Rorem, Henry Purcell, Mikail Glinka, Totò de Curtis, Hugo Wolf, Pierre Dupont, and Émile Paladilhe, to name a few.
Cullen holds prizes from the Licia Albanese-Puccini IVC; The Opera Foundation Competition; and was a regional finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council’s competitive eastern region, in 2012.
Cullen holds a Bachelor's degree in Music from Georgia State University, and a Master of Music from The Juilliard School in New York.