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Christopher Robson

  • Countertenor


Christopher Robson was born in Scotland in 1953 and is today widely regarded as one of the foremost exponents of the Countertenor voice of his generation, with a repertoire ranging from Medieval monody to the Avant-Garde. Since his debut with the English National Opera in 1981 in Monteverdi's "L'ORFEO" he has made a unique contribution to the world of Opera and Music-Theatre, being highly respected for the energy and commitment of his performances as well as his skill as an actor. Over a period of 17 years he won critical acclaim for his performances with the ENO, notably in a series of Handel operas ("XERXES" Arsamenes, "ARIODANTE" Polinesso, and the title role in "JULIUS CAESAR"), Britten's "A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM" (Oberon) and the UK Premieres of Reimann’s "LEAR" (Edgar/Mad Tom) and Philip Glass’s "AKHNATEN" (title role).

In 2008 he returned to ENO after a 10 year absence to play the Mystery Man in the UK premiere of Olga Neuwirth's "LOST HIGHWAY". He has also sung with the Royal Opera Covent Garden, Scottish Opera, Opera North, Glyndebourne Festival and Touring Opera, and the Opera Factory in the UK. Abroad he has appeared at Houston Grand Opera (American premiere Akhnaten & Giulio Cesare), New York City Opera (Akhnaten), Chicago Lyric Opera (Xerxes), Sao Paulo Opera (Xerxes), and Moscow's Bolshoi Theater (Xerxes) as well as many of the leading European opera companies.