Nigel Robson

Biography

Born: Argylshire, Scotland  
Nigel Robson is a British lyric tenor, known for his Baroque and twentieth-century operatic repertory. He is especially noted for his performances of music by Benjamin Britten.

A student of Alexander Young and Gustave Sacher, he has performed at several of the important British, European, and Japanese music festivals. With a light, flexible, and warm voice, he brings a distinctive approach to the many Britten works written for the late
Read more Sir Peter Pears. Among the major Britten compositions he has sung in major venues are The Rape of Lucretia (Male Chorus), Billy Budd (Captain Vere), the War Requiem, Spring Symphony, the Serenade for tenor, horn, and strings; Curlew River (The Madwoman), and the title role of Peter Grimes. He is also known for his performance as Pandarus in Sir William Walton's Troilus and Cressida.

Others of his roles are Bajazet in Rossini's Tamerlano, the Witch in Humperdinck's Hänsel und Gretel, Monteverdi's Il ritorno d'Ulisse in Patria, Laca in Janácek's Jenufa, the title role in Mozart's Idomeneo, and Septimius in Handel's oratorio Theodora. He has performed at the Welsh National Opera, Lisbon Opera, Opera North, the Grand Theatre of Tours, Glyndebourne, the Edinburgh Festival, the Almeida Opera Festival, the Orchestre National de Lille (where he sang in Bach's St. John Passion), St. Petersburg, Prague, Tel Aviv, Amsterdam, Paris, Milan, and Rotterdam. Concert appearances include performances of Schubert's Die schöne Müllerin, Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde, Stravinsky's The Wedding and Renard.

Robson has worked with leading period instruments ensembles including The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and ensembles specializing in new music such as Ensemble Modern. He has sung in national or world premieres of Guo Wenjing's Wolf Cub Village, John Lunn's The Maids, and in a leading role as Chigyô in Maki Ishii's Tojirareta Fune (Das Schiff ohne Augen), as well as performed both leading roles in the double bill at Aldeburgh of Alexander Goehr's Noh drama-inspired chamber opera Kantan and Damask Drum. Read less
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  • 1.
    Handel: The Great Oratorios
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002522302 Release Date: 07/29/2016   Number of Discs: 41
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Ian Partridge,  Emma Kirkby,  Patrizia Kwella,  Carolyn Watkinson  ... 
    Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood,  John Eliot Gardiner,  Trevor Pinnock,  Harry Christophers  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music,  English Baroque Soloists,  Westminster Cathedral Boys Choir  ... 
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  • 2.
    111: The Collector's Editions [111 CDs]
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002422702 Release Date: 12/11/2015   Number of Discs: 111
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Maurice Ravel,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  David Oistrakh,  Igor Oistrakh,  Sviatoslav Richter,  Martha Argerich  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  Daniel Barenboim,  Lorin Maazel,  Franz Konwitschny  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Amadeus Quartet,  Orchestre de Paris  ... 
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  • 3.
    The John Eliot Gardiner Collection
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001826002 Release Date: 04/30/2013   Number of Discs: 30
    Composer:  Claudio Monteverdi,  Henry Purcell,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  Marinella Pennicchi,  Michael Chance,  Mark Tucker,  Bryn Terfel  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir,  His Majesties Sagbutts and Cornetts  ... 
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  • 4.
    Mozart 111 [55-CD Set]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001766872 Release Date: 11/13/2012   Number of Discs: 55
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Géza Anda,  Emil Gilels,  Elena Gilels,  Maurizio Pollini  ... 
    Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock,  James Levine,  Herbert von Karajan,  Marc Minkowski  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 5.
    All-Baroque Box (From Monteverdi To Bach) [50-CD Limited Edition]
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 001719702 Release Date: 09/25/2012   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  George Frideric Handel,  Domenico Scarlatti,  Giovanni Battista Pergolesi  ... 
    Performer:  Peter Harvey,  Stephen Varcoe,  Anthony Rolfe Johnson,  Michael Chance  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner,  Paul McCreesh,  Marc Minkowski,  Trevor Pinnock  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir,  Gabrieli Consort  ... 
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  • 6.
    State Of The Art - The Story Of Deutsche Grammophon
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001341102 Release Date: 12/15/2009   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Frédéric Chopin,  Gabriel Fauré,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Martha Argerich,  Rafal Blechacz,  Kathleen Battle,  Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  Carlo Maria Giulini,  Leonard Bernstein,  Pierre Boulez  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gabrieli Consort,  Andalucian Dogs
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  • 7.
    Handel Gold - Bartoli, Fleming, Kozena, Terfel, Villazon, Te Kanawa, Sutherland, Et Al
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001280102 Release Date: 04/14/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa,  Crispian Steele-Perkins,  Cecilia Bartoli,  Placido Domingo  ... 
    Conductor:  Barry Rose,  Marc Minkowski,  Marcello Viotti,  Richard Bonynge  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  Les Musiciens du Louvre,  Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan  ... 
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  • 8.
    Handel: L'Allegro il Penseroso ed il Moderato; Tamerlano; Ballet Music / Gardiner
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 469620 Release Date: 02/17/2009   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Maldwyn Davies,  Jennifer Smith,  Martyn Hill,  Patrizia Kwella  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists
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    Handel: Tamerlano / Gardiner, Argenta, Findlay, Ragin, Et Al
    Label: Erato Libretto   Catalog: 45408 Release Date: 05/15/2008   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Nancy Argenta,  René Schirrer,  Michael Chance,  Jane Findlay  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists
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  • 10.
    Tippett Conducts Tippett / Scottish Chamber Orchestra
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 90701 Release Date: 02/06/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Tippett
    Performer:  Nigel Robson
    Conductor:  Michael Tippett
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Chamber Orchestra
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  • 11.
    Handel: L'allegro, Il Penseroso Ed Il Moderato; Tamerlano; Ballet Music / Gardiner
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 4698383 Release Date: 10/22/2007   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Michael Ginn,  Maldwyn Davies,  Patrizia Kwella,  Martyn Hill  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists
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  • 12.
    Handel: Alexander's Feast / Gardiner, Monteverdi Choir, Et Al
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 000852702 Release Date: 03/27/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Ashley Stafford,  Carolyn Watkinson,  Donna Brown,  Nigel Robson  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir
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  • 13.
    Opera In English - Janacek: Jenufa / Mackerras, Watson, Barstow
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 3106 Release Date: 06/29/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Leos Janácek
    Performer:  Josephine Barstow,  Janice Watson,  Peter Wedd,  Nigel Robson  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Welsh National Opera Orchestra,  Welsh National Opera Chorus
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  • 14.
    Monteverdi: Vespro Della Beata Vergine / Philip Pickett
    Label: L'oiseau Lyre   Catalog: 425823 Release Date: 05/25/1999   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Claudio Monteverdi
    Performer:  Catherine Bott,  Tessa Bonner,  Nigel Robson,  John Mark Ainsley  ... 
    Conductor:  Philip Pickett
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New London Consort
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  • 15.
    Stanford: Stabat Mater, Etc / Hickox, Bbc Philharmonic
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 9548 Release Date: 07/15/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Villiers Stanford
    Performer:  Nigel Robson,  Darius Battiwalla,  Pamela Helen Stephen,  Stephen Varcoe  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leeds Philharmonic Chorus,  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 16.
    Delius: A Mass Of Life, Requiem / Hickox, Bournemouth So
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 9515 Release Date: 03/18/1997   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frederick Delius
    Performer:  Peter Coleman-Wright,  Rebecca Evans,  Nigel Robson,  Jean Rigby  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Waynflete Singers,  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra,  Bournemouth Chorus
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  • 17.
    Walton: Troilus And Cressida / Hickox, Opera North
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 9370 Release Date: 05/23/1995   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sir William Walton
    Performer:  Stephen Dowson,  Alan Opie,  Clive Bayley,  Yvonne Howard  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Northern Philharmonia,  Opera North Chorus
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  • 18.
    Britten: The Rape Of Lucretia / Hickox, Rigby, Maxwell, Opie
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 9254 Release Date: 03/22/1994   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten
    Performer:  Lynda Houghton,  Catherine Pierard,  Rachel Masters,  Alan Opie  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of London Sinfonia
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  • 19.
    Mozart: Idomeneo / Gardiner, McNair, Von Otter
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 431674 Release Date: 09/12/1991   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Jonathan Peter Kenny,  Sylvia McNair,  Hillevi Martinpelto,  Glenn Winslade  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monteverdi Choir,  English Baroque Soloists
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  • 20.
    Monteverdi: L'Orfeo / Gardiner, Rolfe-Johnson, Baird
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 419250 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Claudio Monteverdi
    Performer:  Anthony Rolfe Johnson,  Nancy Argenta,  Mary Nichols,  John Tomlinson  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monteverdi Choir,  English Baroque Soloists,  His Majesties Sagbutts and Cornetts
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  • 21.
    Monteverdi: Vespro Della Beata Vergine / Gardiner
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 429565 Release Date: 10/12/1990   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Claudio Monteverdi
    Performer:  Michael Chance,  Mark Tucker,  Bryn Terfel,  Sandro Naglia  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  His Majesties Sagbutts and Cornetts,  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir  ... 
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  • 22.
    Handel: Alexander's Feast / Gardiner, Monteverdi Choir
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 422053 Release Date: 01/01/1980   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Donna Brown,  Carolyn Watkinson,  Ashley Stafford,  Nigel Robson  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir
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