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Robin Blaze (Counter-tenor)

Born: England

The English counter-tenor, Robin Blaze, read Music at Magdalen College, Oxford and won a post-graduate scholarship to the Royal College of Music where he trained with assistance from the Countess of Munster Trust, Windsor and now holds an Associate Professorship. He currently studies under Michael Chance and Ashley Stafford.

Now established in the front rank of interpreters of Purcell, J.S. Bach and George Frideric Handel, Robin Blaze's busy schedule has taken him to Europe, South America, North America, Japan and Australia.

Robin Blaze works with most of the distinguished conductors in the early music field - Harry Christophers, Stephen Cleobury, John Eliot Gardiner, Philippe Herreweghe, Richard Hickox, Christopher Hogwood, René Jacobs, Robert King, Ton Koopman, Nicholas Kraemer, Gustav Leonhardt, Paul McCreesh, Nicholas McGegan, Trevor Pinnock, Massaki Suzuki. He has visited festivals in Ambronay, Arolsen, Barossa Valley, Beaune, Boston, Halle, Jerusalem, Karlsruhe, Leipzig, Lucerne, Saintes and Utrecht. He regularly appears with The Academy of Ancient Music, Bach Collegium Japan, Collegium Vocale Gent, The English Concert, The Gabrieli Consort, The King’s Consort, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, RIAS Kammerchor and The Sixteen. Other engagements have included La Chapelle Royale, City of London Sinfonia, Collegium Musicum 90, Israel Chamber Orchestra, Manchester Camerata, Northern Sinfonia, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Tafelmusik.

Robin Blaze’s opera engagements have included Bertarido Rodelinda at the Göttingen Händel Festival/Nicholas McGegan and Anfinomo Il Ritorno d'Ulisse in Patria at the Teatro Sao Carlos, Lisbon with The Sixteen/Harry Christophers.

Chamber music is an important part of Robin Blaze’s musical life and he regularly joins forces with Concordia, Fretwork and The Palladian Ensemble. He has given recitals at the Théâtre Grévin in Paris, in Karlsruhe, Göttingen, for BBC Radio 3 and has appeared at The Wigmore Hall with Graham Johnson. His lute song programmes with Elizabeth Kenny are popular throughout Europe and Japan.

With a fast-growing number of acclaimed recordings to his name Robin Blaze continues to enjoy fruitful relationships with BIS and Hyperion records. For BIS he is adding to their Cantata Cycle with Bach Collegium Japan and his recent projects with Hyperion include two recital discs of lute songs with Elizabeth Kenny and Salve Regina, a programme of Italian Cantatas with The Parley of Instruments. Amongst his other recordings are Didymus in Theodora with The Gabrieli Consort/Paul McCreesh for DG Archiv, Antonio Vivaldi, Johann Kuhnau and Sebastian Knüpfer with The King’s Consort, Blow and Gibbons Anthems with the Winchester Cathedral Choir/David Hill all for Hyperion and Purcell's Odes with Collegium Vocale Gent/Philippe Herreweghe for Harmonia Mundi.

Robin Blaze will visit the festivals at Göttingen, Innsbruck, Gloucester Three Choirs and Edinburgh this summer. In the 2001-2002 season he sings Bertarido Rodelinda for Glyndebourne Touring Opera and makes debut appearances with the National Symphony Orchestra, Washington and Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. 2002-2003 engagements include USA tours with Bach Collegium Japan and The King's Consort as well as his Royal Opera House debut as Athamas in Semele with Sir Charles MacKerras and Didymus Theodora for Glyndebourne Festival Opera. He will return to Göttingen in 2004 for the title role of G.F. Handel's Rinaldo.



Source: BIS Records (January 2001); Carioline Philips Management Website (May 2001)
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (April 2001)

Robin Blaze: Short Biography | General Discussions

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works

Conductor

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Works

Harry Christophers

Alto

BWV 102, BWV 233, BWV 235

John Eliot Gardiner

Alto

BWV 128 [1st], BWV 172
BWV 245 [DVD, 3rd]

Philippe Herreweghe

Alto

BWV 225-230 [2nd], BWV 244 [Video, 4th]

Peter Kooy

Alto

BWV 225-230, BWV Anh 159

Gustav Leonhardt

Alto

BWV 30a, BWV 207

Paul McCreesh

Alto

BWV 243, BWV 249

Parley of Instruments

Alto

BWV 53

Purcell Quartet

Alto

BWV 234, BWV 235

Masaaki Suzuki

Alto

BWV 6, BWV 7, BWV 8, BWV 9, BWV 13, BWV 16, BWV 17, BWV 20, BWV 24, BWV 26, BWV 27, BWV 28, BWV 29, BWV 30, BWV 33, BWV 34, BWV 35, BWV 36, BWV 37, BWV 39, BWV 40, BWV 41, BWV 42, BWV 43, BWV 45, BWV 48, BWV 60, BWV 62, BWV 66, BWV 67, BWV 69, BWV 70, BWV 72, BWV 74, BWV 76, BWV 79, BWV 85, BWV 86, BWV 87, BWV 88, BWV 89, BWV 90, BWV 91, BWV 92, BWV 94, BWV 97, BWV 98, BWV 101, BWV 102, BWV 103, BWV 104, BWV 105, BWV 108, BWV 109, BWV 110, BWV 111, BWV 112, BWV 113, BWV 116, BWV 117, BWV 120, BWV 121, BWV 123, BWV 124, BWV 125, BWV 126, BWV 128, BWV 129, BWV 130, BWV 133, BWV 134, BWV 137, BWV 139, BWV 144, BWV 146, BWV 147, BWV 148, BWV 149, BWV 151, BWV 153, BWV 154, BWV 156, BWV 158: Chorale, BWV 159, BWV 164, BWV 166, BWV 167, BWV 168, BWV 169, BWV 170, BWV 171, BWV 174, BWV 175, BWV 176, BWV 177, BWV 181, BWV 183, BWV 186, BWV 187, BWV 188, BWV 190, BWV 200, BWV 205, BWV 207
BWV 232, BWV 244, BWV 245 [DVD]

Masaaki Suzuki

Alto

Member of Bach Collegium Japan:
Sacred Cantatas Vol. 22:
BWV 7, BWV 20, BWV 94
Sacred Cantatas Vol. 53:
BWV 9, BWV 97, BWV 177
Secular Cantatas Vol. 4:
BWV 205, BWV 207

Links to other Sites

Robin Blaze - Countertenor (Rayfield Artists)
Robin Blaze (The Trebles)
Robin Blaze (Hyperion)
Robin Blaze - A Countertenor Virtuoso (Music & Vision)

Sonnerie with Robin Blaze - Wigmore Hall May 19th 2000
Robon Blaze - Countertenor (AAM)
About Robin Blaze (John Pierce)
Robin Blaze (The Boy Choir & Soloist Directory)

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