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 Handel’s Esther with The King’s Consort, 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

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

Bach Magnificat & Bekennen will ich seinen Namen

Bach Collegium Japan, Barbican, London (April 2016)

Bekennen will ich seinen Namen, a single, emollient aria beautifully delivered here by countertenor Robin Blaze alongside the duetting violins of Ryo Terakado and Yukie Yamaguchi, with Suzuki on chamber organ.

Erica Jeal, The Guardian

For the consoling “Bekennen will ich seinen Namen”, all that survives of cantata BWV200, mellifluous countertenor Robin Blaze sang to an accompaniment of two violins and continuo, but it proved enough to fill the hall. How well the risk paid off.

Richard Fairman, Financial Times

I was transported by the loveliness of the flute solo and captured by the debonair way in which countertenor Robin Blaze delighted us with how “the Lord hath filled the hungry with good things”... Blaze showed timbre that was naturally warm and expressive.

David Karlin, bachtrack.com

In the cantata “Bekennn will ich”, Robin Blaze’s sweetly assertive falsetto benefited from the even further miniaturised orchestra: two violins, cello and Suzuki at the chamber organ.

Nick Kimberley, Evening Standard

The duetting of countertenor Robin Blaze and tenor Colin Balzer in the “Et Misericordia” of theMagnificat was a delight.

Sebastian Scotney, The Arts Desk

The ‘Agnus dei’, transcribed from Cantata ‘Lobet Gott in Seinen reichen’ BWV 11 in G minor, was excellently sung/phrased by countertenor Robin Blaze who achieved an impressive dialogue with the conductor.

Geoff Diggines, Seen and Heard International

Robin Blaze Concert

Ades

The Lover in Winter

Bach

Christmas Oratorio
Cantatas (All)
Magnificat
St Matthew Passion
St John Passion

Castello

Exultate Deo

Grandi

Amo Christum
Ave Maris Stella

Handel

Messiah
Saul

Marini

Jesu, Dulcis Memoria

Monteverdi

Iam Moriar

Rigatti

Cum Invocarem

Rovetta

Salve Regina

Robin Blaze Opera

Britten

A Midsummer Nights Dream (Oberon)

Handel

Jeptha (Hamor)
Ottone
Rodelinda (Bertarido)
Teseo (Arcane)
Semelen (Athamus)
Theodora (Diddymus)
Xerxes (Asrsmenes)

Monteverdi

Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria (Umana fragilitá)

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