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 Săo 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: Xerxes / Murray, Masterson, Robson, Mackerras
Release Date: 03/27/2012   Label: Arthaus Musik  
Catalog: 100077   Number of Discs: 1
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Handel: Ariodante / Murray, Robson, Garrett, Bolton, English National Opera
Release Date: 02/24/2015   Label: Arthaus Musik  
Catalog: 100065   Number of Discs: 1
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Handel: Ariodante / Murray, Robson, Garrett, Bolton [blu-ray]
Release Date: 02/24/2015   Label: Arthaus Musik  
Catalog: 108126   Number of Discs: 1
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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  • 9.
    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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  • 12.
    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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  • 14.
    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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    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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  • 18.
    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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  • 19.
    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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  • 20.
    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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  • 21.
    Shakespeare at Covent Garden / Musicians of the Globe
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 456506 Release Date: 08/10/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henry Bishop
    Performer:  Joanne Lunn,  Rachel Elliott,  Mark Tucker,  Christopher Robson  ... 
    Conductor:  Philip Pickett
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musicians of the Globe
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  • 22.
    A Bach Christmas - Magnificat / Pickett, New London Consort
    Label: L'oiseau Lyre   Catalog: 452920 Release Date: 10/14/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Catherine Bott,  Elisabeth Scholl,  Christopher Robson,  Paul Agnew  ... 
    Conductor:  Philip Pickett
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New London Consort
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  • 23.
    Locke: Psyche / Pickett, Bott, King, New London Consort
    Label: L'oiseau Lyre   Catalog: 444336 Release Date: 04/22/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Matthew Locke
    Performer:  Catherine Bott,  Christopher Robson,  Andrew King,  Julia Gooding  ... 
    Conductor:  Philip Pickett
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New London Consort,  New London Consort Chorus
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  • 24.
    Purcell: Ode For St Cecilia's Day, Etc / Glenton, Golden Age
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8553444 Release Date: 04/23/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henry Purcell
    Performer:  Christopher Robson,  William Purefoy,  Ian Honeyman,  Thomas Guthrie  ... 
    Conductor:  Robert Glenton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Golden Age,  Golden Age Singers
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  • 25.
    Purcell 300th Celebration - The Glory Of Purcell
    Label: L'oiseau Lyre   Catalog: 444620 Release Date: 05/16/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henry Purcell
    Performer:  Christopher Keyte,  Martyn Hill,  James Bowman,  Paula Chateauneuf  ... 
    Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood,  Anthony Lewis,  David Hill
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Taverner Choir,  Academy of Ancient Music,  St. Anthony Singers  ... 
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