Robin Blaze

Biography

Country: England  
Robin Blaze began to emerge as a leading counter-tenor late in the 1990s. In common with most singers of his voice type, he is primarily a specialist in early music, especially Baroque and Classical era opera.

His father was a professional golfer, instilling in Robin a love for that game which he still pursues despite his increasingly busy concert and operatic schedule. Robin studied music at Oxford's Magdalen College. He then won a
Read more scholarship from the Countess of Munster Trust to pursue post-graduate studies at the Royal College of Music. He has since joined the faculty of the Royal College.

Britain's Classic CD magazine described his greatest assets as a crystal-clear tone and an exceptional ability at phrasing, enabling him to treat words with special sensitivity.

These and other attributes have led him to a starring position in the world of early music interpretation. He has appeared at the Boston Early Music Festival and other major early music festivals in Beaune, Karlsruhe, Utrecht, Jerusalem, Barossa Valley, and Saintes. Some of the ensembles with which he has performed are the Sixteen, Oxford Camerata, I Fagiolini, Fretwork, Robert King and King's Consort, Collegium Vocale Ghent, the Dufay Consort, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Tafelmusik, the English Concert, and the Academy of Ancient Music.

His Boston Early Music Festival performance was in its acclaimed production of Purcell's King Arthur. Blaze has also sung the part of the God of Dreams in Purcell's Indian Queen (at Schwetzingen and Queen Elizabeth Hall), Narciso in Handel's Agrippina (Karlsruhe), Unulfo in Handel's Rodelinda (Broomhill Opera Festival), and Anfinomo in Monteverdi's Il Ritorno d'Ulisse in Patria (Teatro San Carlos of Lisbon).

He is also active as a recital and concert singer and in the recording studio. He has made discs for Naxos, Harmonia Mundi, Hyperion, BIS, Deutsche Grammophon, and Virgin Classics. Among his records are a set of German Baroque cantatas, several sets of Bach cantatas (for both BIS and DG), English lute songs with Elizabeth Kenny, Vivaldi's Stabat Mater, a program of music by Purcell and Blow with René Jacobs, Boyce's Peleus and Thetis, and sets of anthems by Blow (Hyperion) and Gibbons (Naxos). His recording debut was in 1981, when he was a boy treble, an issue that is now out of print. Read less
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  • 1.
    Handel: The Great Oratorios
    Label: Decca   Catalog: B002522302 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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    Bach: Complete Sacred Cantatas / Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 9055 Release Date: 06/10/2016   Number of Discs: 55
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Makoto Sakurada,  Robin Blaze,  Hana Blazikova,  Yukari Nonoshita  ... 
    Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
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    Bach: Secular Cantatas, Vol. 6 - Trauerode / Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 2181 Release Date: 04/08/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Robin Blaze,  Joanne Lunn,  Gerd Türk,  Dominik Wörner  ... 
    Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
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    Bach: Lutheran Masses, Vol. 2 / Bach Collegium Japan, Suzuki
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 2121 Release Date: 02/12/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Marco Gioseppe Peranda
    Performer:  Hana Blazikova,  Peter Kooy,  Robin Blaze,  Katsuhiko Nakashima  ... 
    Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
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    Bach: Lutheran Masses, Vol. 1 / Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 2081 Release Date: 07/10/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Joanne Lunn,  Hana Blazikova,  Robin Blaze,  Gerd Türk  ... 
    Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
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    Handel: As Steals the Morn - Arias & Scenes for Tenor / Padmore
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 2907422 Release Date: 01/13/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Mark Padmore,  Robin Blaze,  Lucy Crowe,  Katharina Spreckelsen
    Conductor:  Andrew Manze
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
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  • 7.
    Nun Danket Alle Got - Bach: Cantatas Vol 41-55
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 9052 Release Date: 11/11/2014   Number of Discs: 15
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Masaaki Suzuki,  Carolyn Sampson,  Peter Kooy,  Rachel Nicholls  ... 
    Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
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    Handel: Jephtha / Gilchrist, Bickley, Blaze, Christopers, The Sixteen
    Label: Coro   Catalog: 16121 Release Date: 09/09/2014   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Robin Blaze,  James Gilchrist,  Susan Bickley,  Matthew Brook  ... 
    Conductor:  Harry Christophers
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen
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    Bach Secular Cantatas, Vol. 4: Academic Cantatas / Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 2001 Release Date: 07/08/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Robin Blaze,  Joanne Lunn,  Wolfram Lattke,  Roderick Williams
    Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
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    Purcell: Funeral Sentences, Hail Bright Cecilia / Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 508462 Release Date: 07/08/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Henry Purcell
    Performer:  Martin Van der Zeijst,  Susan Hamilton,  Robin Blaze,  Jonathan Arnold  ... 
    Conductor:  Philippe Herreweghe
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Collegium Vocale,  Ghent Collegium Vocale,  Ghent Collegium Vocale Orchestra
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  • 11.
    Remembering Alfred Deller / Blaze, Bowman, Turner, Robinson
    Label: Divine Art   Catalog: 25114 Release Date: 05/27/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Tippett,  William Williams,  George Frideric Handel,  John Blow  ... 
    Performer:  John Turner,  Laura Robinson,  James Bowman,  Robin Blaze  ... 
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    Handel: Teseo (Highlights) / Labelle, Forsythe, McGegan
    Label: Philharmonia Baroque (Label)   Catalog: 7 Release Date: 05/13/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Drew Minter,  Amanda Forsythe,  Dominique Labelle,  Amy Freston  ... 
    Conductor:  Nicholas McGegan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra
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  • 13.
    Choir of King's College Cambridge - 5 Classic Albums
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 940823 Release Date: 01/14/2014   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Antonio Vivaldi,  George Frideric Handel,  Gregorio Allegri  ... 
    Performer:  Jan Lochmann,  Richard Eteson,  Margaret Cameron,  James Gilchrist  ... 
    Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir,  Academy of Ancient Music
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    Bach: Cantatas Vol 55 - Nos 30, 69, 191 / Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 2031 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Robin Blaze,  Hana Blazikova,  Gerd Türk,  Peter Kooy
    Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
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    Byrd: Consort Songs / Robin Blaze, Concordia
    Label: Helios   Catalog: 55429 Release Date: 10/08/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  William Byrd
    Performer:  Robin Blaze
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concordia
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    Opera Baroque
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 2908658 Release Date: 09/17/2013   Number of Discs: 42
    Composer:  Claudio Monteverdi,  Pier Francesco Cavalli,  Alessandro Scarlatti,  Jean-Baptiste Lully  ... 
    Performer:  Graciela Oddone,  Simon Keenlyside,  Juanita Lascarro,  Martina Dike  ... 
    Conductor:  René Jacobs,  William Christie
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ghent Collegium Vocale,  Concerto Vocale,  Academy for Ancient Music Berlin  ... 
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    Bach: Cantatas  Vol  53 / Masaaki Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1991 Release Date: 03/26/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Robin Blaze,  Hana Blazikova,  Gerd Türk,  Peter Kooy
    Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
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    Bach: Cantatas, Vol. 52 / Suzuki, Kooij, Turk, Blaze, Blažikova, Bach Collegium Japan
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1981 Release Date: 12/18/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Robin Blaze,  Hana Blazikova,  Gerd Türk,  Peter Kooy
    Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
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    Handel: Messiah / Taurins, Gauvin, Blaze, Muller, Polegato
    Label: Tafelmusik Media   Catalog: 1016 Release Date: 10/30/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Brett Polegato,  Robin Blaze,  Rufus Müller,  Karina Gauvin
    Conductor:  Ivars Taurins
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tafelmusik Chamber Choir,  Tafelmusik Orchestra
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  • 20.
    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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  • 21.
    Handel: Esther - Cannons Version Of 1720 / Dunedin Consort
    Label: Linn Records   Catalog: 397 Release Date: 05/29/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  James Gilchrist,  Susan Hamilton,  Thomas Hobbs,  Nicholas Mulroy  ... 
    Conductor:  John Butt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dunedin Consort
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  • 22.
    Kuhnau: Sacred Music /  York,  Blaze, Hellgren,  Bowman, King
    Label: Helios   Catalog: 55394 Release Date: 02/14/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Kuhnau
    Performer:  Marianne Hellgren Staykov,  Deborah York,  James Bowman,  James Gilchrist  ... 
    Conductor:  Robert King
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Consort
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    Zelenka: Sacred Music / King's Consort
    Label: Helios   Catalog: 55424 Release Date: 02/14/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jan Dismas Zelenka
    Performer:  Michael George,  Robin Blaze,  Carolyn Sampson,  James Gilchrist  ... 
    Conductor:  Robert King
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Consort
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    Bach: Cantatas Vol 50 / Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1941 Release Date: 12/13/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Hana Blazikova,  Robin Blaze,  Gerd Türk,  Peter Kooy
    Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
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  • 25.
    Baroque - Bach, Blow, Charpentier, Corelli, Handel, Monteverdi
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 2908510 Release Date: 10/11/2011   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Marc-Antoine Charpentier,  Jacques Philidor,  Claudio Monteverdi  ... 
    Performer:  Marie-Ange Petit,  Agnčs Mellon,  Guillemette Laurens,  Gregory Reinhart  ... 
    Conductor:  William Christie,  Nicholas McGegan,  Philippe Herreweghe,  Chiara Banchini  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy for Ancient Music Berlin,  Les Arts Florissants,  Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra  ... 
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