Christopher Robson

Biography

Born: 1953   Country: Scotland  
Christopher Robson is one of the leading countertenors on the European stage and recital scene. His operatic debut was in 1981 with the English National Opera. He has sung with the leading opera houses of Europe, including the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, the Scottish Opera, Opera North, the Opera Factory, the Glyndebourne Festival Opera, the Houston Grand Opera, the Chicago Lyric Opera, the New York City Opera, the São Paolo Opera of Brazil, Read more the Kiev Opera, and the Bolshoi Theater Opera in Moscow.

He has been regularly associated with the Bavarian State Opera in Munich since 1994, and in 1997 was awarded an Opera Festival Prize from the State Opera for his work with them.

He is as active on the recital and concert stage as he is in opera, often appearing in joint recitals with his brother, the tenor Nigel Robson; the composer John Lunn has written music featuring both of them. His most frequent recital program partner is pianist Petra Ronner.

Christopher Robson's repertory covers the entire range of countertenor roles from the early Middle Ages to the present day. His roles include the title characters in Handel's Julius Caesar and Philip Glass' Akhnaten; Arsamene in Handel's Xerxes and Polinesso in the same composer's Ariodante; Oberon in Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream; Arnalta in L'incoronazione di Poppea; Orlofsky in Johann Strauss Jr.'s Die Fledermaus; and the roles of Edgar and Poor Tom in Aribert Reimann's Lear. Read less
Dove: Flight / Parry, Robson, Mcfadden, Coxen, Page, Et Al
Release Date: 05/25/2004   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 10197   Number of Discs: 2
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    Handel: Ariodante / Murray, Robson, Garrett, Bolton [blu-ray]
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 108126 Release Date: 02/24/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Paul Nilon,  Christopher Robson,  Lesley Garrett,  Ann Murray  ... 
    Conductor:  Ivor Bolton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English National Opera Orchestra,  English National Opera Chorus
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  • 2.
    Handel: Ariodante / Murray, Robson, Garrett, Bolton, English National Opera
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 100065 Release Date: 02/24/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Gwynne Howell,  Joan Rodgers,  Ann Murray,  Lesley Garrett  ... 
    Conductor:  Ivor Bolton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English National Opera Orchestra,  English National Opera Chorus
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  • 3.
    L'Oiseau-Lyre - The Baroque Era
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002072902 Release Date: 06/17/2014   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Thomas Augustine Arne,  William Boyce,  John Blow,  Henry Purcell  ... 
    Performer:  Catherine Bott,  Libby Crabtree,  Michael George,  Emma Kirkby  ... 
    Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood,  Philip Pickett,  Joshua Rifkin,  Christophe Rousset  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music,  Westminster Abbey School Choristers Choir,  New London Consort Orchestra  ... 
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    Handel: Xerxes / Murray, Masterson, Robson, Mackerras
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 100077 Release Date: 03/27/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Christopher Booth-Jones,  Rodney Macann,  Jean Rigby,  Lesley Garrett  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English National Opera Chorus,  English National Opera Orchestra
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  • 5.
    50 Best Baroque
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 57503 Release Date: 06/29/2010   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Jeremiah Clarke,  John Dowland,  Henry Purcell  ... 
    Performer:  Crispian Steele-Perkins,  Gérard Lesne,  Susan Graham,  Christopher Robson  ... 
    Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury,  Richard Hickox,  Andrew Parrott,  Emmanuelle Haïm  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fretwork,  Taverner Players,  Orlando Gibbons Viol Ensemble  ... 
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  • 6.
    Thomas Arne: Artaxerxes / Goodman, Robson, Partridge, Spence, Bott
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 22073 Release Date: 11/10/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Thomas Augustine Arne
    Performer:  Patricia Spence,  Richard Edgar-Wilson,  Ian Partridge,  Philippa Hyde  ... 
    Conductor:  Roy Goodman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Parley of Instruments
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  • 7.
    Purcell's Shakespeare / Pickett, Musicians Of The Globe
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 446218 Release Date: 08/18/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henry Purcell
    Performer:  Meredith Hall,  Libby Crabtree,  Christopher Robson,  Roderick Williams  ... 
    Conductor:  Philip Pickett
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musicians of the Globe
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    The Best Of Purcell
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8556839 Release Date: 06/30/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henry Purcell
    Performer:  Bertalan Hock,  György Geiger,  Christopher Whitton,  Terence Charlston  ... 
    Conductor:  Jeremy Summerly,  Kevin Mallon,  Kym Amps,  Robert Glenton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oxford Camerata,  Scholars Baroque Ensemble,  Aradia Ensemble  ... 
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  • 9.
    Purcell Edition, Vol. 3 – Anthems, Odes & Instrumental Music
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 69140 Release Date: 05/22/2009   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Henry Purcell
    Performer:  David Thomas,  Paul Elliott,  Brian Gordon,  Ashley Stafford  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner,  Stephen Stubbs,  Gustav Leonhardt,  Sir David Willcocks  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir,  Monteverdi Orchestra  ... 
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    Tippett: The Ice Break / Atherton, Harper, Sylvan
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 91448 Release Date: 05/22/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Tippett
    Performer:  Donald Maxwell,  Bonaventure Bottone,  Thomas Randle,  Carolann Page  ... 
    Conductor:  David Atherton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Sinfonietta Chorus,  London Sinfonietta
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    Biber: Requiem; Schmelzer / Pickett, New London Consort
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 458081 Release Date: 03/17/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Heinrich Schmelzer,  Heinrich Ignaz Biber
    Performer:  Philip Pickett,  Michael George,  Catherine Bott,  Tessa Bonner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New London Consort Orchestra
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  • 12.
    A Night With Handel
    Label: Kultur Video   Catalog: 4232 Release Date: 11/13/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Alastair Miles,  Sarah Connolly,  John Mark Ainsley,  Rosa Mannion  ... 
    Conductor:  Harry Bicket
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
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    Biber: Requiem In F Minor / Pickett, New London Consort
    Label: L'oiseau Lyre   Catalog: 436460 Release Date: 10/31/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Heinrich Ignaz Biber
    Performer:  Catherine Bott,  Tessa Bonner,  Christopher Robson,  John Mark Ainsley  ... 
    Conductor:  Philip Pickett
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New London Consort
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    Handel: Giulio Cesare / Scholl, Dam-Jensen, Mortensen
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 9909008 Release Date: 10/09/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Randi Stene,  Christopher Robson,  Andreas Scholl,  Inger Dam-Jensen  ... 
    Conductor:  Lars Ulrik Mortensen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Copenhagen
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  • 15.
    Best Sacred Works 100
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 89227 Release Date: 04/03/2007   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Gregorio Allegri,  John Dunstable,  Thomas Tallis  ... 
    Performer:  Gerald Finley,  Timothy Beasley-Murray,  Barry Rose,  Alan Wilson  ... 
    Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury,  Paul Hillier,  Sir Philip Ledger,  David Wulstan  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monks of Downside Abbey,  Cambridge King's College Choir,  Hilliard Ensemble  ... 
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  • 16.
    Music Of The Chapels Royal / Gardiner, English Baroque Soloists
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 927443522 Release Date: 04/14/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Pelham Humphrey,  Henry Purcell,  John Blow,  Matthew Locke
    Performer:  Charles Brett,  David Thomas,  Martyn Hill,  Maldwyn Davies  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir
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    Ancora - Casken: Golem / Bernas, Music Projects London
    Label: Nmc   Catalog: 113 Release Date: 05/31/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  John Casken
    Performer:  Belinda McFarlane,  Robert Irvine,  Joseph Saunders,  Stephen Cotterell  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Bernas
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Music Projects
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    Dove: Flight / Parry, Robson, Mcfadden, Coxen, Page, Et Al
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 10197 Release Date: 05/25/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Jonathan Dove
    Performer:  Mary Plazas,  Christopher Robson,  Nuala Willis,  Garry Magee  ... 
    Conductor:  David Parry
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Glyndebourne Festival Chorus
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  • 19.
    Vivaldi: Laudate Pueri, Nisi Dominus / Dawson, Robson, Et Al
    Label: Meridian Records   Catalog: 84497 Release Date: 04/06/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Lynne Dawson,  Christopher Robson
    Conductor:  Robert King
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Consort
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  • 20.
    Bach: Orchestral Suites 1 & 2, Etc / Haugsand, Et Al
    Label: Linn Records   Catalog: 181 Release Date: 05/07/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Christopher Robson,  Anna-Maija Luolajan-Mikkola,  Ketil Haugsand,  Alayne Leslie  ... 
    Conductor:  Ketil Haugsand
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Norwegian Baroque Orchestra
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    Händel: Belshazzar /Neumann, Brutscher, Kermes, Selig, Et Al
    Label: Md&g (Dabringhaus & Grimm) Gold   Catalog: 3321079 Release Date: 11/20/2001   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Christopher Robson,  Patrik Von Goethem,  Franz-Joseph Selig,  Frank Höndgen  ... 
    Conductor:  Peter Neumann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Collegium Cartusianum,  Cologne Chamber Choir
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    Vivaldi: Gloria, Etc / Pickett, Bott, Robson, Et Al
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 458837 Release Date: 04/10/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Simon Grant,  Andrew King,  Catherine Bott,  Christopher Robson  ... 
    Conductor:  Philip Pickett
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New London Consort Chorus,  New London Consort
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    Tavener: Total Eclipse, Etc / Goodwin, Harle, Rozario, Et Al
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 907271 Release Date: 03/13/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Tavener
    Performer:  Christopher Robson,  Max Jones,  John Harle,  James Gilchrist  ... 
    Conductor:  Paul Goodwin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oxford New College Choir,  Academy of Ancient Music
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    Telemann: Musique De Table / Orchestra Of The Golden Age
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8504022 Release Date: 03/06/2001   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Georg Philipp Telemann
    Performer:  Bernard Robertson,  Heather Foxwell,  Anne Schumann,  Heather Kershaw  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Golden Age
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    Telemann: Musique De Table [tafelmusik] Vol 4 / Golden Age
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8553732 Release Date: 09/28/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georg Philipp Telemann
    Performer:  Felicity Bryson,  Christopher Robson,  Bernard Robertson,  Anne Schuman  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Golden Age
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Biography

Born: 1953   Country: Scotland  
Christopher Robson is one of the leading countertenors on the European stage and recital scene. His operatic debut was in 1981 with the English National Opera. He has sung with the leading opera houses of Europe, including the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, the Scottish Opera, Opera North, the Opera Factory, the Glyndebourne Festival Opera, the Houston Grand Opera, the Chicago Lyric Opera, the New York City Opera, the São Paolo Opera of Brazil, Read more
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
Biber: Requiem in F minor - Introitus
Biber: Requiem in F minor - Kyrie
Biber: Requiem in F minor - Dies irae
Biber: Requiem in F minor - Domine Jesu Christe
Biber: Requiem in F minor - Sanctus
Biber: Requiem in F minor - Agnus Dei
Act I: Look! Up there (Refugee, Controller)
Act I: Darling! (Bill, Tina, Refugee)
Act I: Excuse me. Have you any English money? (Refugee, Bill, Tina)
Act I: Welcome travellers. Thank you for travelling Tri-Star (Controller)
Act I: Do I look conspicuous? (Older Woman, Refugee, Controller)
Act I: Welcome. We're always smiling as you can see (Steward, Stewardess, Refugee, Older Woman)
Act I: Down you go. Scurry down (Controller)
Act I: That's us. Is that us? (Minskman, Minskwoman, Controller, Older Woman)
Act I: No! I don't seem able to go (Minskwoman, Minskman, Controller, Refugee)
Act I: What have I done? (Minskwoman, Steward, Stewardess, Bill, Tina, Older Woman)
Act I: What have I just done? Why couldn't I go? (Minskwoman)
Act I: Excuse me. Have you a hat or a scarf? (Refugee, Older Woman, Stewardess, Steward, Tina, Bill, Controller)
Act I: Look who's coming! (Controller, Refugee, Minskwoman, Bill, Tina, Older Woman, Steward, Stewardess)
Act I: Gone. Time to be gone (Refugee, Tina, Controller, Bill, Minskwoman, Older Woman, Steward, Stewardess)
Act I: Disgusting. Record lusting (Controller, Bill, Tina, Older Woman, Minskwoman)
Act I: Due to circumstances beyond our control (Controller, Refugee)
Act II: The storm is getting worse (Controller)
Act II: It's quiet (Steward, Stewardess, Bill, Tina, Older Woman, Minskwoman)
Act II: I know. We could do the business with our trolleys (Stewardess, Older Woman, Minskwoman, Steward, Tina, Bill)
Act II: Orchestral interlude
Act II: Fierce night. Jagged light (Controller)
Act II: I bought this suitcase in New York (Minskwoman, Steward, Stewardess, Bill, Refugee, Older Woman, Tina)
Act II: The thing about people is (Controller)
I. Maestoso
II. Allegro
III. Grave
IV. Vivace
I. Andante
II. Allegro
III. Grave - Largo - Grave
IV. Vivace
I. Largo
II. Presto: Tempo giusto
III. Andante
IV. Allegro
Symphony
Accompagnato: Comfort ye (Tenor)
Air: Ev'ry valley (Tenor)
And the glory (Chorus)
Accompagnato: Thus said the Lord (Bass)
Air: But who may abide? (Counter-tenor)
And He shall purify (Chorus)
Recitative: Behold, a virgin (Alto)
Air: O thou that tellest (Alto)
Accompagnato: For behold, darkness (Bass)
Air: The people that walked (Bass)
For unto us (Chorus)
Pastoral Symphony
Recitative: There were shepherds (Soprano)
Accompagnato: And lo, the angel of the Lord (Soprano)
Recitative: And the angel said unto them (Soprano)
Accompagnato: And suddenly (Soprano)
Glory to God (Chorus)
Air: Rejoice greatly (Soprano)
Recitative: Then shall the eyes (Alto)
Air: And He shall feed his flock (Alto)
His yoke is easy (Chorus)
Behold the Land of God (Chorus)
Air: He was despised (Alto)
Surely, He hath borne (Chorus)
And with His stripes (Chorus)
All we like sheep (Chorus)