CHRISTOPHER ROBSON
Counter-tenor


Christopher Robson was born in Scotland and studied privately in London with Paul Esswood and Helga Mott.  He also took part in master classes with Peter Pears, Laura Sarti, John Shirley-Quirk and Geoffrey Parsons.  Now widely regarded as one of the foremost exponents of the counter-tenor voice, with a repertoire ranging from medieval monody to contemporary opera, he has won critical acclaim for the energy and commitment of his performances.  In recognition of his work in opera he was awarded the  Festspiel Preis in 1997 and 2002 by the Gesellschaft zur Forderung der Münchner Opernfestspiele. In February 2003 he was awarded the title of Kammersänger by the State of Bavaria.

Since his debut with the English National Opera in 1981 Christopher Robson’s engagements have included appearances with the Royal Opera Covent Garden, Scottish Opera, Opera North, Glyndebourne Touring Opera, Manchester International Festival, Opera Factory London, New London Consort, Houston Grand Opera, Chicago Lyric Opera, New York City Opera, Sao Paulo Opera, De Vlaamse Opera in Antwerp and Ghent, Opéra de Nancy, Opera Factory Zürich, Berlin Kammeroper, Frankfurt State Opera, the Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich, the Royal Opera Copenhagen, the Teatro del Liceo, Barcelona, Badisches Staatstheater, Karlsruhe and at the Bolshoi, Moscow and in Kiev with English National in repertoire including Orlofsky  DIE FLEDERMAUS, Trinculo THE TEMPEST, Sorceress and Spirit DIDO AND AENEAS, Baba the Turk THE RAKE’S PROGRESS and his many Handel roles include the title-role and Tolomeo GIULIO CESARE, Arsamenes XERXES, Unulfo RODELINDA, Mago Cristiano, Donna and Araldo RINALDO, title-role and Andronicus TAMERLANO, Polinesso ARIODANTE, title-role ADMETO, Cyrus and Daniel BELSHAZZAR, Didymus THEODORA, Lichas HERCULES, David SAUL Hamor JEPHTHA and Narciso AGRIPPINA. He has also sung Holofernes in Scarlatti’s LA GIUDITTA in concert.

Christopher Robson is equally at home with contemporary music, having performed Edward Kelley in Damon Albarn’s DOCTOR DEE (world premiere) the title-role in the Philip Glass AKHNATEN (American and UK premieres), Mystery Man in the UK premiere of Olga Neuwirth’s THE LOST HIGHWAY, Edgar in Reimann’s LEAR (UK premiere), Goethe’s FAUST (PARTS I AND II), Oberon A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, Apollo DEATH IN VENICE and the world première of Hans-Jürgen von Bose’s KAFKA PROJECT.  He also took part in the UK premiere of Maderna’s SATYRICON and created the roles of Ometh in John Casken’s GOLEM (world premiere, Almeida Festival), Claire in John Lunn’s opera of Genet’s THE MAIDS (world premiere, Lyric Hammersmith), Refugee in the world premiere of Jonathan Dove’s FLIGHT for Glyndebourne and subsequently for Nationale Reisoper, Xavier Dayer’s SONNET XXll with the Ensemble Contrechamps in Paris and Schnittke’s FAUST CANTATA  with the Basel Sinfonietta in Basel  and Zürich.  He also created the role of Angel in the world premiere of John Taverner’s APOCALPYSE.  Festival, concert and opera appearances include Edinburgh, Lufthansa Festival London, BBC Proms, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Innsbruck, Geneva, Salzburg, Wien Moderne, Karlsruhe Handelfest, Halle, Munich Opernfestspiele, Zürich Junifestwochen, Ravenna, Flanders, Bruges, Montpellier, Aix en Provence and Paris.   He has broadcast frequently for BBC television and radio, and on many of the European stations.  His many recordings include MESSIAH, XERXES, ARTAXERXES, ARIODANTE, Bach MAGNIFICAT, Vivaldi NISI DOMINUS, Peter Maxwell Davies’s RESURRECTION, Tippett THE ICE BREAK, GOLEM, and FLIGHT.  Video recordings include XERXES (ENO), Purcell HAIL, BRIGHT CECILIA (EMI), MY NIGHT WITH HANDEL (Channel 4 Films) and Dominic Scherrer’s HELL FOR LEATHER (DRS),

Recent engagements include Satirino/Furia LA CALISTO for Frankfurt Opera, the world premiere of Reiserer’s PRESICENT JEKYLL in Munich and Edward Kelley DOCTOR DEE for English National Opera. Future performances include THE FAIRY QUEEN in Istanbul, a concert in Luxemburg and a return to Frankfurt.

 

 

 

 

 

Arne

ARTAXERXES
Conductor: Goodman

Hyperion Records

Bach

"MAGNIFICAT & CANTATAS 35, 78 & 137
Conductor: Schnetzler

Aure Ridenti

 

MAGNIFICAT in E flat
Conductor: Pickett

Decca L'Oiseau Lyre

Blow

VENUS and ADONIS
Conductor: Pickett

Decca L'Oiseau Lyre

Biber

REQUIEM in F Minor
Conductor: Pickett

Decca L'Oiseau Lyre

 

MARIENVESPER 1693
Conductor: Arman

Ars Musici Essence

Casken

GOLEM
Conductor: Bernas

NMC Ancora

Clemencic

KABBALA
Conductor: Clemencic

Sony Col Legno

Dove

FLIGHT
Conductor: Parry

Chandos Records

Flecha

LAS ENSALADAS
Conductor: Pickett

Decca L'Oiseau Lyre

 

LAS ENSALADAS
Conductor: Savall

Astree Auvidis

Handel

ARIODANTE
Conductor: Bolton

Farao Classics

 

XERXES
Conductor: Bolton

Farao Classics

 

EZIO
Conductor: Llewelyn Jones

Deutsche Schallplatten

 

BELSHAZZAR
Conductor: Neumann

MDG Records

 

SAUL
Conductor: Schnetzler

AVO Tonstudio

 

MESSIAH
Conductor: Hickox

Chandos Records

Locke

PSYCHE
Conductor: Pickett

Decca L'Oiseau Lyre

Maxwell-Davies

RESURRECTION
Conductor: Maxwell-Davies

Collins Classics

Monteverdi

MARIENVESPERS 1610
Conductor: Pickett

Decca L'Oiseau Lyre

 

ORFEO
Conductor: Pickett

Decca L'Oiseau Lyre

Purcell

ODES FOR QUEEN MARY
Conductor: Leonhardt

Virgin Classics

 

ODE FOR ST.CECILIA'S DAY
Conductor: Glenton

Naxos Records

 

MUSIC FOR QUEEN MARY'S FUNERAL
Conductor: Hill

Decca Argo

 

PURCELL'S SHAKESPEARE
Conductor: Pickett

Philips Classics

 

MUSIC FOR THE CHAPELS ROYAL
Conductor: Eliot Gardiner

Erato Records

Schuetz

HISTORIA DER AUFERSTEHUNG JESU CHRISTI
Conductor: Bernius

Sony Classical

Tavener

TOTAL ECLIPSE
Conductor: Goodwin

Harmonia Mundi

Tippet

THE ICE BREAK
Conductor: Atherton

Virgin Classics

Valls

MISSA SCALA ARETINA
Conductor: Hoban

CRD Records

Vivaldi

NISI DOMINUS
Conductor: Robert King

Meridian Records

 

GLORIA & DIXIT DOMINUS
Conductor: Philip Pickett

Decca Records


DVD/VIDEO RECORDINGS (available commercially)

Handel

A NIGHT WITH HANDEL
Conductor: Bicket

Warner Music Vision/Channel4tv

 

ARIODANTE
Conductor: Bolton

Arthaus Musik/BBCtv

 

XERXES
Conductor: Mackerras

Arthaus Musik/Channel4tv

 

RODELINDA
Conductor: Bolton

Farao Classics/Bayerische Rundfunk

 

GIULIO CESARE
Conductor: Mortensen

Danish Television/Royal Opera Copenhagen

Purcell

ODE ON ST.CECILIAS'S DAY
Conductor: Norrington

EMI Classics/PMI

Scherrer

HELL FOR LEATHER

Crimson Noise


SELECTED TV/FILM PERFORMANCES (not available commercially)

Cesti

ORONTEA

ORF/Innsbruck Festival

Britten

IN LIFE OR DEATH

IDTV Netherlands

Stravinsky

THE RAKE'S PROGRESS

Bayerische Rundfunk/Bayerische Staatsoper

Dove

FLIGHT

NVC/Channel4tv/Glyndebourne Festival Opera


MISCELLANEOUS FILM/TV SOUNDTRACK RECORDINGS

Scherrer

THE NINE LIVES OF THOMAS KATZ

Pointy Bird Music

 

HELL FOR LEATHER

Pointy Bird Music

Towns

CADFAEL

EMI Soundtrack Music Records/Central TV

 

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