Robin Blaze

Countertenor

"Robin Blaze produces a gloriously bell-like radiance"

Gramophone

"Blaze is an extraordinary interpreter…I don't think I've ever heard such a seductive, limpid beauty of tone that has so much emotion behind it"

BBC Radio 3 CD Review

"There’s a winning artless quality in Blaze’s singing, which is very welcome in a field of music-making that can often seem a bit precious"

The Telegraph

"There was counter-tenor magic from Robin Blaze"

The Times

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Robin Blaze is now established in the front rank of interpreters of Purcell, Bach and Handel, and his career has taken him to concert halls and festivals in Europe, North and South America, Japan and Australia. His opera engagements have included Athamas Semele at Covent Garden; Didymus Theodora for Glyndebourne Festival Opera; Arsamenes Xerxes, Oberon A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Hamor Jephtha for English National Opera; and Bertarido Rodelinda at the Göttingen Handel Festival.

He has worked with many distinguished conductors in the early music field: Harry Christophers, Emmanuelle Haïm, Philippe Herreweghe, Christopher Hogwood, Ton Koopman, Paul Goodwin, Gustav Leonhardt, Robert King, Nicholas Kraemer, Sir Charles Mackerras, Trevor Pinnock and Sir John Eliot Gardiner. His work with Masaaki Suzuki and the Bach Collegium Japan has been particularly praised by critics: the two latest CD releases, Bach’s B Minor Mass and the three solo countertenor cantatas, have been described as “heart-stopping” in Gramophone.

Recent and future highlights include Bach’s Christmas Oratorio with the Minnesota Orchestra and the Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestra, Purcell Odes at the Berlioz Festival with The King’s Consort, Bach’s B Minor Mass with The Bach Choir, Handel’s Messiah with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, Bach’s Magnificat with La Chapelle Harmonique, performances of Bach Cantatas and Pergolesi’s Salve Regina with Florilegium at Wigmore Hall, a recital with world-renowned lutenist Elizabeth Kenny at Carnegie Hall, and Robin also continues his collaboration with the BCJ with concerts in Japan and in Europe.

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Bach B minor Mass, The Bach Choir

Royal Festival Hall (February 2020)

Countertenor Robin Blaze has an incisive yet rounded upper register that made the first notes of Bach’s extraordinary ‘Agnus Dei’ heart-stopping in its beauty.

Benjamin Poore, MusicOMH****

Robin Blaze summed up what was a great contribution throughout with the a very moving ‘Agnus Dei’: he draws you into this private communication superbly.

Kevin Rogers, Classical Source

Handel Messiah, English Chamber Orchestra, Leeds Town Hall

(December 2019)

Tritschler and the leaner timbre of counter tenor Robin Blaze were finely balanced in the duet O Death, Where is Thy Sting?

Geoffrey Mogridge, Ilkley Gazette

Bach Christmas Oratorio, Minnesota Orchestra

(December 2018)

The English countertenor Robin Blaze made fluid contributions.

Terry Blain, Minnesota Star Tribune

Odes to St Cecilia: Purcell, Britten & Handel, The King’s Consort

(November 2018)


…with fine singing from the soloists, soprano, Julia Doyle, countertenor, Robin Blaze and Joshua Ellicott, tenor.

Frank Cliff, Eastern Daily Press

Bach Secular Cantatas Vol 10, Bach Collegium Japan, BIS-2351

(August 2018)


Robin Blaze – representing the allegory of ‘good fortune’ – lightly glides through his picture of unequivocal goodwill with customary panache.

Jonathan Freeman-Attwood

Robin Blaze Concert

Ades

The Lover in Winter

Bach

B minor Mass
Christmas Oratorio
Cantatas (All)
Lutheran Masses
Magnificat
St Matthew Passion
St John Passion

Britten

Canticles

Buxtehude

Membra Jesu

Castello

Exultate Deo

Grandi

Amo Christum
Ave Maris Stella

Handel

Belshazzar (Daniel)
Esther (Priest/Ahashverosh)
Israel in Egypt
Messiah
Saul

Marini

Jesu, Dulcis Memoria

Monteverdi

Iam Moriar

Orff

Carmina Burana

Pergolesi

Salve Regina
Stabat Mater

Purcell

Ode for St Cecilia's Day

Rigatti

Cum Invocarem

Rovetta

Salve Regina

Robin Blaze Opera

Britten

A Midsummer Nights Dream (Oberon)

Handel

Giulio Cesare (Tolomeo)
Jeptha (Hamor)
Orlando (Medoro)
Ottone (Adalberto)
Rodelinda (Bertarido)
Semele (Athamas)
Teseo (Arcane)
Theodora (Diddymus)
Xerxes (Asrsmenes)

Monteverdi

Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria (Umana fragilitá/Anfinomo)

Purcell

Dido and Aeneas (Sorceress)
The Fairy Queen (Mopsa)

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