"Andri Björn Róbertsson's Gremin was exquisitely
sung - every phrase loaded with subtleties ... "
sung - every phrase loaded with subtleties ... "
Nominated as the ‘Brightest Hope in Classical Music’ at the 2013 Icelandic Music Awards, bass-baritone Andri Björn Róbertsson will become a Harewood Artist with English National Opera, supported by the Behrens Fellowship, this season and will make his performance début with the company in the autumn as Angelotti in Tosca.
Having completed a postgraduate course and opera course at the Royal Academy of Music in London, he joined the National Opera Studio as a trainee in September 2013. He was a member of the International Opera Studio in Zürich, Switzerland for the 2014/15 season and was named a 2014 HSBC Academy Laureate of the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence. His beautiful sonorous voice and natural musicality make him well suited to music from the Baroque era, whilst his commanding stage presence also make him suited to roles such as Figaro, Colline and Masetto. With age, he will develop into darker roles such as Sarastro in The Magic Flute and Gremin in Eugene Onegin. He is also a keen recitalist, having performed at the Oxford Lieder Festival, Festival d'Aix en Provence and Icelandic Opera.
2014 HSBC Laureate of Festival d’Aix en Provence and nominated as the ´Brightest Hope in Classical Music´ at the Icelandic Music Awards 2013, Icelandic bass-baritone Andri Björn Róbertsson was born in Reykjavík and studied languages at Kvennaskólinn í Reykjavík and graduated from the Reykjavík Academy of Singing and Vocal Arts in 2010 where he was taught by Ólöf Kolbrún Harðardóttir. He subsequently completed with distinction a Postgraduate course and an Opera course at the Royal Academy of Music in London, taught by Mark Wildman. Andri was a National Opera Studio trainee 2013-2014, and gratefully acknowledges Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and the Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation who provided him with significant mentoring and financial support.
Andri was a member of the International Opera Studio in Zürich, Switzerland for the season 2014-15. His roles there and at the Zürich Opera House included Sprecher and Second Priest in Die Zauberflöte, Der König in Die Gänsemagd, Brabantische Edle in Lohengrin andFedja Dawidowitsch Pronin in Fälle by Oscar Strasnoy.
His other operatic performances include Sarastro in Mozart's The Magic Flute with Garsington Opera and again with Joanna MacGregor at the Bath International Music Festival, Craftsman in Elspeth Brooke’s The Commission and Barman/Hunter Gracchus/Policeman in Francisco Coll’s Café Kafka – a newly commissioned and co-produced double-bill for Royal Opera House, Opera North and Aldeburgh Music, Fifth Jew and Cappadocian in Strauss's Salome with Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Priest, Pan and He in King Arthur by Purcell at Zürich Opera House. Andri also sang the bass part in Trauernacht, a staged performance based on J. S. Bach’s Sacred Cantata with the Académie européenne de musique of the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence. He has since travelled with this production to Amsterdam, Valence, Paris, Lisbon and Arras. His roles with Royal Academy Opera included Don Villotto in La vera costanza, Herr Buff in Mozart's Der Schauspieldirektor, Gremin in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin and Arthur in Peter Maxwell Davies's The Lighthouse.
Andri’s oratorio repertoire includes Bach’s Cantatas and St John Passion, Handel’s Messiah,Haydn’s Harmoniemesse and The Creation, Mozart’s Requiem and Coronation Mass KV 317, Puccini’s Messa di Gloria and Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortileges. He is also a keen recitalist having recently performed at the Oxford Lieder Festival and Icelandic Opera in Reykjavik and with future recitals planned at the Festival d’Aix en Provence and at L’Opéra de Lille.
Andri has won numerous awards, including the first prize in the Competition of the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra and the Icelandic Academy of Arts, The Major van Someren-Godfery Prize for English Songs, The Joan Chissell Prize for Schumann Lieder, The Marjorie Thomas Art of Song Prize and The First Prize, Schubert Lieder Prize and Audience Prize in the Mozart Singing Competition in London. He was recently a semi-finalist in the prestigious Queen Sonja International Music Competition 2015.
Andri’s engagements this season include his début at English National Opera as Angelotti in Tosca, The Messiah with Lincoln Cathedral Choir, Ceprano in Rigoletto at ENO, Lieder recital at Opera Lille, Trauernacht with the Ensemble Pygmalion conducted by Raphaël Pichon at the Bolshoi, Moscow, Superintendant Budd in Albert Herring with The Grange Festival and Angelotti in Tosca at Llangollen International Music Festival with a cast including Sir Bryn Terfel, Kristine Opolais and Kristian Benedikt.
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