CHRISTOPHER ROBERTSON bass-baritone

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biography

Baritone Christopher Robertson has enjoyed a successful and highly diverse international career singing a wide range of repetoire on many of the world's most distinguished stages.  He has sung leading operatic roles at Teatro alla Scala, Milan (making his debut in that theater in the inauguration of the 2002 season), Royal Opera Covent Garden, London, Bayerische Staatsoper Munich, Deutsche Oper Unter den Linden, Berlin, Metropolitan Opera, New York, San Francisco Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Washington National Opera, Teatro Real, Madrid, Gran Teatro el Liceo, Barcelona, El Teatro Maestranza, Sevilla, El Teatro de la Zarzuela, Madrid,

El Palau de las Artes, Valencia, Royal Opera, Copenhagen, New National Theater, Tokyo, National Opera Poland, Weilki Theater, Warsaw, English National Opera, London, Wexford Festival Opera, Ireland, Flanders Opera, Antwerp/Ghent, Komische Oper, Berlin, Oper Leipzig, Frankfurt Staatsoper, Teatro dell'Opera, Roma, Teatro Regio, Torino, Teatro Massimo, Palermo, Teatro Carlo Felice, Genova, Teatro San Carlo, Napoli, Teatro Verdi, Salerno, Teatro Massimo Bellini, Catania, Opera de Oviedo, OLBE/ABAO, Bilbao, Teatro Arriaga, Bilbao, Quincena Musical, San Sebastian, Teatro Principal Valencia, Teatro Cervantes, Malaga, Teatro Baluarte, Pamplona, Teatro Principal, Palma de Mallorca, Santiago de Compostela, L'Opera du Bordeaux, L'Opera du Montpellier, Israeli Opera, Tel Aviv, Greek National Opera, Athens, Opera Iceland, Rekyavek, Teatro Municipal, Santiago, Chile, Teatro Municipal, Rio de Janairo, New York City Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Opera Philadelphia, Seattle Opera, Minnesota Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, Madison Opera, New Jersey Opera Festival, Washington Concert Opera, Detroit Opera, Opera Colorado, Denver, Florida Grand Opera, Miami, Palm Beach Opera, Ft. Lauderdale Opera, Opera Pacific, New Orleans Opera, L'Opera du Montreal, Vancouver Opera, Edmonton Opera, etc.

Robertson is now looking forward to a new direction in his already widely varied and adventurous repetoire. He is now actively making a move into many of the great comic and character roles in the baritone and bass baritone operatic repetoire, such as Dulcamara, Don Pasquale, Don Alfonso, Gianni Schicchi, Sacrestano, Don Magnifico, Alidoro, Don Bartolo, Don Prudenzio, Don Trombonok, Musiklehrer, Faninal, Falstaff, Fra Melitone, Kothner etc. He will also continue with some of his past repertoire and continue to add new roles with an emphasis on the mature character roles such as, Don Fernando, Balstrode, Redburn, Junius, Sprecher, Le Marquis de la Force, Luther/Crespel, Le Comte des Grieux, Geronte, Sharpless, Peter, Thoas, Calchas, Jaroslav Prus, Forester, Gorjanchikov, Monterone, Baron Douphol, Baron Zeta, etc

 

Equally at home on the concert and recital stage he has performed a wide range of concert and recital repetoire.  He has appeared with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Het Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, BBC Symphony Orchestra, London, Bayerische Rundfunksorchester, Nord Deutschland Rundfunkorchester, Czech National Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony, Orchestra Sinfonica della RAI, Palau de la Musica, Barcelona, Palau de la Musica, Valencia, Beethoven Easter Festival, Warsaw, Festival de Musica Sacra, Cuenca, Orquesta Sinfonica de Bilbao, Orquesta de la Principada de Asturias, Sinfonica de Oviedo, Schleswig-Holstein Festival, Stavanger Symphony, Darmstadt Staatorchester, Aspen Music Festival, Minnesota Orchestra, American Symphony Orchestra, Washington Choral Arts Society, Berkeley Symphony, Festival Musica/Musika, Orfeon de Donosti, as well as concerts and recitals throughout the United States, Spain, Kiev and Tbilisi.

He has collaborated with many prestigious conductors such as, Riccardo Muti, Lorin Maazel, James Levine, Charles Mackarras, Yuri Temirkanov, Jesus Lopez Cobos, Kent Nagano, James Conlon, Charles Dutoit, Michel Plasson, Antonio Pappano, Jeffery Tate, Oleg Caetani, Richard Bonynge, Leonard Slatkin, David Zinman, Neeme Jarvi, Donald Runnicles, Daniel Oren, Antoni Witt, Anton Guadagno, Eiji Oue,  Juanjo Mena, Marco Armiliato, Fabio Biondi, Paolo Carignani, Josep Pons, Erik Nielson, Oliver Diaz,  Pedro Halffter, Carlo Rizzi, John Fiore, Ulf Schirmer, Paolo Arrivibeni, Giulio Carella, Andrea Battistoni, Will Humberg, Patrick Lange, David Agler, Stephen Lord, Massimo Zanetti, Nicola Luisotti, Maximilliano Valdes, Michelangelo Veltri, Gary Bertini, Stephen Sloane, Patrick Summers, Eugene Kohn and Leon Boltstein.

He has participated in productions directed by many well known stage directors such as Franco Zeffirelli, Emilio Sagi, Calixto Bieito, Robert Carson,Yannis Kokkos, Davide Livermore, Andreas Homoki, Pier Luigi Pizzi, Jonathan Miller, John Coplay, John Cox, Elijah Moshinsky, Achim Freier, Thaddeus Strassberger, Willy Decker, Danielle Abbado,.Barry Kovsky, Francesca Zambella, Beni Montressor, Roberto Oswald, Renzo Giacchieri, Sandro Sequi and Peter Mussbach.

 

He has performed more than seventy leading roles, singing in ten different languages the repetoire spanning from the Baroque period to the Contemporary.  He has performed among other things Beethoven (Don Fernando, Fidelio), Mozart (Conte Almaviva, Le Nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni, Guglielmo, Cosi Fan Tutte, Sprecher/Second Priest, Die Zauberflote), Gluck (Agamemmonon, Iphigenie en Aulide, Orest, Iphigenie en Tauride), Bellini (Ernesto, Il Pirata, Riccardo, I Puritani, Valdeburgo, La Straniera), Donizetti (Enrico, Lucia di Lammermoor, Belcore, L'Elisir d'Amore, Dr Malatesta, Don Pasquale, Alfonso, La Favorite), Rossini (Dandini, La Cenerentola, Guillaume Tell), Bizet (Escamillo/Zuniga), Carmen, Zurga, Les Pescheurs des Perles), Gounod (Valentin, Faust), Massennet (Albert, Werther, Anthanael, Thais), Puccini, (Shaunard/ Marcello, La Boheme, Sharpless, Madama Butterfly, Scarpia, Tosca, Michele Il Tabarro), Mascagni (Alfio, Cavalleria Rusticana), Cilea (Baldassarre, L'Arlesiana), Saint Saens (High Priest, Samson et Dalilah), Verdi (Amonasro, Aida, Egberto, Aroldo, Renato, Un Ballo in Maschera, Ford/Falstaff, Don Carlo, La Forza del Destino, Nabucco, Monterone/Rigoletto, Paolo, Simon Boccanegra, Germont, La Traviata, Conte di Luna, Il Trovatore), Strauss (Harlekin, Ariadne auf Naxos, Althair Die Aegyptische Helena, Jochanaan, Salome), Wagner (Donner, Das Rheingold, Herrufer, Lohengrin, Raimondo/Orsini, Rienzi, Amfortas/Klingsor, Parsifal, Kurwenal, Tristan und Isolde, Gunther, Götterdämmerung).

Christopher Robertson has also shown great interest and commitment in performing repetoire in English such as Britten (Balstrode/Peter Grimes, Junius/The Rape of Lucretia, Mr Redburn/Billy Budd, Solo in War Requiem, Rejoice in the Lamb, Cantata Misericordium), Albeniz (Merlin), Copland ("The Tender Land, Old American Songs), Vaughan Williams (Dona Nobis Pacem, Fantasia on Christmas Carols), Adams (Hubbard/Dr Atomic), Getty (King Henry IV/ Swallow, Plump Jack), Delius (Martinez/"Koanga"), etc. He is also highly committed to participating in modern and rarely performed pieces having performed the title role in Busoni's  Doktor Faust, the title role in Albeniz' Merlin, the title role of  Chuhadian's Arshack, Urdazpal in Euscudero's  Zigor, Manu in Guridi's Mirentxu as well as having great success in the role of Prus in Janacek's Več Makropulos.

Robertson's extensive concert and recital repetoire includes recent performances of Schubert's Winterreise with pianist Ruben Fernandez Aguirre.  He has performed works by Bach (Magnificat, Weihnachtsoratorium, Matteus-Passion, Johannes-Passion, B Minor Mass), Beethoven (Symphony 9, Choral Fantasy, Christus am Ölberge), Berlioz (L'Enfance du Christ/Herode), Brahms (Requiem), Britten (War Requiem, Rejoice in the Lamb, Cantata Misericordeum), Fauré (Requiem), Handel (Messiah, Joshua), Haydn (Die Jahreszeiten, Lord Nelson Mass),  Mozart (Requiem, Mass in C), Orff (Carmina Burana), Puccini (Missa di Gloria), Rachmaninov (The Bells), Zemlinsky (Lyric Symphony).

Mr Robertson performs the role of Le Marquis de la Force in the DVD recording from Teatro alla Scala of Robert Carson's production of Poulenc's "Les Dialogues de las Carmelites" under the direction of Riccardo Muti. He is featured as Althair in the Telarc recording of Richard Strauss' "Die Aegyptische Helena" with soprano Deborah Voigt and the American Symphony Orchestra.  He sings King Henry IV in the recent Pentatone recording of Gordon Getty's opera "Plump Jack".  Ulf Schirmer conducts the Bayerische Runkfunkorchester-Chor.  He also sang the role of Riccardo in the Nuova Era recording of "I Puritani" by Bellini.  Mariella Devia stars as Elvira under the direction of Richard Bonynge.

Other engagements have included Kurwenal in "Tristan und Isolde" in a production by Yannis Kokkos at the Greek National Opera,  returning to the Teatro Maestranza for the role of Hubbard in Sevilla's production of Adam's "Doctor Atomic" and in Zemlinsky's "Der König Kandaules".  He  returned to Genova's Teatro Carlo Felice to repeat the role of Mr Redburn in Davide Livermore's production of Britten's "Billy Budd", he made a return to the Wexford Festival Opera as Martinez in "Koanga" by Delius as well as concert performances in Bilbao's Teatro Arriaga with the Orquesta Sinfonica de Bilbao conducted by Oliver Diaz.

Future and recent engagements in the 2018/19 season  include his first fully staged production of "Falstaff" in the title role at  La Festival d'Opera d'Ivvissa, recital programs in Spain with pianist Ruben Fernandez Aguirre, a return to the Festival de Musica Sacra de Cuenca for performances of the Mozart Requiem, the cantata Lauda Sion by Mendelssohn in the Auditorio Nacional de Madrid and the role of the Sprecher in Mozart's Die Zauberflote at the Festival de Peralada with Josep Pons conducting, soloist in Nielsen Symphony 3 with the Orquesta Sinfonica de Galicia, Messiah in the Auditorio Nacional de Madrid.  He also returns to the Teatro Arriaga in a new production by Calixto Bieito of Usandizaga's rarity “Mendi Mendiyan and will make his debut in Madrid's Teatro de la Zarzuela in concerts of Guridi's “Mirentxu”, as well as a return to Oviedo in performances of Beethoven's Mass in C.

Mr Robertson is an alumnus of the distinguished Merola Opera Program at the San Francisco Opera as well as the Wolf Trap Opera.  He was awarded a Career Grant by the Richard Tucker Foundation.  He is a graduate from Oberlin College where he studied Vocal Performance under Professor Richard Miller.

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La forza del destino

repertoire

Adams Doctor Atomic - Hubbard*, General
Beethoven Fidelio - Don Fernando*, Don Pizarro
Britten Billy Budd - Redburn*
Britten Peter Grimes - Balstrode*
Britten The Rape of Lucretia - Junius*
Bizet Carmen - Zuniga
Bizet Les Pecheurs des Perles - Nourabad
Cilea L’Arlesiana - Baldassarre*, Metifio
Cilea Adriana Lecouvrer - Minnochet
Escudero Zigor - Urdaspal*, Zumbeltz
Giordano Fedora - De Sirieux
Gluck Alceste - Sacerdote de Apolo
Gluck Armide - Hidraot
Gluck Iphigénie en Aulide - Calchas
Gluck Iphigénie en Tauride - Thoas*
Humperdinck Hänsel und Gretel - Padre*
Janáček La Casa de los Muertos - Comandante del Campo/Gorjancikov/Shishkov
Janáček Jenufa - Starek
Janáček Katja Kabanova - Prokovjevic

Janáček Vec Makropuols - Prus*
Janáček La Zorita Astuta - El Guardabosque*
Korngold Die Tote Stadt - Frank*
Mascagni Cavalleria Rusticana - Alfio*
Massenet Thais - Anthanael*
Massenet Manon - Comte de Grieux
Massenet Werther - Albert*, Le Bailli
Mozart Così fan tutte - Don Alfonso
Mozart La Clemenza di Tito - Publio
Mozart Die Zauberflöte - Sprecher*, Sacerdote*, Armigero*
Offenbach Les Contes d’Hoffmann – Luther, Crespel
Poulenc Les Dialogues de las Carmelites - Le Marqués de la Force*
Puccini Gianni Schicchi - Gianni Schicchi*
Puccini Madama Butterfly - Sharpless*
Puccini Manon Lescaut - Geronte
Puccini Tosca - Scarpia*, Angelotti*, Sacrestano
Saint-Sains Samson et Dalilah - Sacerdote*, Abimelech

Strauss Die Fledermaus - Frank*
Strauss Die Ägyptischhe Helena - Althaïr*
Strauss Ariadne auf Naxos - Musiklehrer
Strauss Capriccio - La Roche
Strauss Der Rosenkavalier - Faninal
Verdi Falstaff - Falstaff*
Verdi La Forza del Destino - Fra Melitone
Verdi Rigoletto - Monterone*
Verdi Simon Boccanegra - Paolo*
Verdi La Traviata - Baron Douphol*
Wagner Götterdämmerung - Gunther*
Wagner Lohengrin - Heerufer*
Wagner Die Meistersinger von Nürmberg - Kothner
Wagner Parsifal - Amfortas*, Klingsor
Wagner Rienzi - Orsini*, Raimondo*
Wagner Tannhäuser - Biterhof
Wagner Tristan und Isolde - Kurwenal*
Zemlinsky Der König Kandaules - Phedros

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