"He is - and I make no apology for saying so - a truly extraordinary singer. He is the complete master of his instrument. He fashions, somehow, a richness of timbre that can only be described as ravishing, .... If you think such praise goes too far, just go and listen to him." -- Financial Times
Now established in the front rank of interpreters of Purcell, Bach and Handel, Robin Blaze's busy schedule has taken him to Europe, South America, North America, Japan and Australia. He read Music at Magdalen College , Oxford and won a post-graduate scholarship to the Royal College of Music where he trained with assistance from the Countess of Munster Trust and is now a Professor of Vocal Studies.
He works with most of the distinguished conductors in the early music field - Christophers, Cleobury, Gardiner, Herreweghe, Hogwood, Jacobs, King, Koopman, Kraemer, Leonhardt, McCreesh, McGegan, Mackerras, Pinnock and Suzuki. He has visited festivals in Ambronay, Beaune, Boston, Edinburgh, Halle, Iceland, Jerusalem, Innsbruck, Karlsruhe, Leipzig, Lucerne, Saintes and Utrecht.
He regularly appears with The Academy of Ancient Music, Bach Collegium Japan , Collegium Vocale, The English Concert, The Gabrieli Consort, The King’s Consort, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, RIAS Kammerchor and The Sixteen. Other engagements have included the National Symphony Orchestra, Washington, the St Paul Chamber Orchestra, La Chapelle Royale, City of London Sinfonia, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, Royal Flanders Philharmonic, BBC Philharmonic, The Hallé Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Northern Sinfonia, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Tafelmusik, Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.
Robin’s opera engagements have included Athamas Semele at The Royal Opera House; Didymus Theodora for Glyndebourne Festival Opera; Arsamenes Xerxes, Athamas Semele, Hamor Jephtha and Oberon A Midsummer Night's Dream for English National Opera, and Bertarido Rodelinda for Glyndebourne Touring Opera and at the Göttingen Handel Festival.
Chamber music is an important part of his musical life and Robin regularly joins forces with Concordia, Fretwork, Florilegium and The Palladian Ensemble. He has given recitals in Tenerife, at the Théâtre Grévin in Paris , in Karlsruhe , Innsbruck , Göttingen, at the York Early Music, West Cork International Chamber Music, Sherbourne and Gloucester Three Choirs Festivals, for BBC Radio 3 and at The Wigmore Hall.
With a fast-growing number of acclaimed recordings to his name Robin continues to enjoy fruitful relationships with BIS and Hyperion records. For BIS he is adding to their Cantata Cycle with Bach Collegium Japan and joined Carolyn
Sampson for a disc of Handel Oratorio Duets with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Nicholas Kraemer. His projects with Hyperion have included recital discs of lute songs with Elizabeth Kenny, Byrd Consort Songs and Salve Regina, a programme of Italian Cantatas with The Parley of Instruments. Amongst his other recordings are Didymus in Theodora with The Gabrieli Consort and McCreesh for DG Archiv, Vivaldi, Kuhnau and Knüpfer with The King's Consort, all for Hyperion, and Purcell’s Odes with Collegium Vocale Gent and Herreweghe for Harmonia Mundi. He also recorded Thomas Adès’ The Lover in Winter for EMI. His disc of solo Bach Cantatas with Masaaki Suzuki was released at the beginning of 2007 on the BIS label.
Robin’s recent engagements include Handel’s Athalia with the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Nicholas McGegan, Bach’s St Matthew Passion with Collegium Vocale Gent and Philippe Herreweghe, a Pergolesi recording and concerts all over Europe with Florilegium, Bach at the Wigmore Hall with the Retrospect Ensemble, Bach’s Mass in B minor with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Thierry Fischer, and Handel’s Jephtha with The King’s Consort.
Recent and future highlights include Arcane in Handel’s Teseo at the Göttingen Handel Festival, Bach Masses at the Wigmore Hall and Handel’s Ottone at the Theater an der Wien with the King’s Consort, Saul for the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Bach’s St John Passion with Northern Sinfonia, Bach’s Christmas Oratorio for the Retrospect Ensemble, Handel’s Messiah with The Sixteen, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater with the Münchener Kammerorchester, staged performances of Bach’s St Matthew Passion with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and Robin also continues his collaboration with Bach Collegium Japan and Masaaki Suzuki.
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