Robert Bork begins the 2009-10 Season in Toulouse in the role of Paolo Simon Boccanegra and follows as Balstrode Peter Grimes at Deutsche Oper am Rhein. He revives the role of Mephistofeles in Fenelon’s Faust at the Opéra National de Paris, and makes his role debut as Wotan Die Walküre at Staatsoper Hannover. Born near Chicago, Mr Bork studied at Wheaton College in Illinois and at Indiana University. After winning a grant from the German Academy for Cultural Exchange (DAAD), he continued his studies in Cologne where he graduated from the Musikhochschule with Honors.
He made his professional debut as a member of the ensemble at Cologne Opera in 1986, appearing in roles such as Valentin Faust, Papageno Die Zauberflöte, Zar Zar Und Zimmermann, Malatesta Don Pasquale, Belcore L'elisir D'amore, Haraschta The Cunning Little Vixen, Direktor Hummel in Reimann's Die Gespenstersonate and Redburn Billy Budd.