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Robert Burt (Tenor)

Born: London, England

The English tenor, Robert Burt, studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Since graduating Robert Burt's career has taken him to opera houses and concert halls around the world. He is most associated with the role of Iro in Monteverdi’s Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria which he has sung for Chicago Opera Theater‚ Opera North‚ Deutsche Oper am Rhein‚ Geneva Opera‚ Teatro Real de Madrid and the Aix-en-Provence Festival with whom he has toured Europe‚ filmed the role for DVD and given performances at B.A.M. in New York in Adrian Noble’s production‚ conducted by William Christie. William Christie has also conducted him in Cesti’s Il Tito (Opera National du Rhin) and Purcell’s The Fairy Queen (Glyndebourne Festival).

Engagements include Pirelli (Chichester Festival Theatre)‚ Federico in L’amico Fritz (Opera Holland Park)‚ Evangelist in a fully staged J.S. Bach's St. John Passion (Nationale Reisopera)‚ Kittywake/ Landlord in Ludd & Isis (Royal Opera House Production Park, 2010)‚ Arnalta in Madrid‚ Mopsa/Flute in The Fairy Queen at the Opera Comique in Paris‚ Caen and B.A.M. in New York with William Christie and Les Arts Florissants‚ King Bobeche in Bluebeard at Grange Park‚ Snout in A Midsummer Night’s Dream for ENO‚ L’Incredibile in Andrea Chenier‚ Fiorello in Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Hadji in Lakme at Opera Holland Park‚ Ximenez in David Pountney’s Opera North production of Kurt Weill’s Arms and the Cow‚ and the world premieres of both Family Matters for Tête à Tête Opera and Stephen Barlow’s King - a Cathedral Opera‚ as Henry II‚ in Canterbury Cathedral.

Other operatic roles include Monostatos in W.A. Mozart's Magic Flute for Opera 80 and 1st Armed Man in Parma‚ Ferrara and the QEH with John Eliot Gardiner; Tanzmeister/Scaramuccio in Ariadne auf Naxos for ETO and at Broomhill in Jonathan Miller’s production; Goro in Madama Butterfly with both the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Mid-Wales Opera. With MWO he sang Dancairo in Carmen and has also performed the role of Remendado at the Bermuda Festival. On several occasions he has portrayed women‚ three of which were in works by Cavalli; Flerida in L’Erismena for Opera Theatre Company‚ Ireland‚ Atrea in Pompeo Magno at the Varazdin Baroque Festival in Croatia and‚ most recently‚ Delfa in Giasone at the Iford Festival with the Early Opera Company. As well as these‚ he portrayed Bragherona in Gassmann’s L’Opera Seria for the Nationale Reisopera to whom he returned to sing Bob Boles in Peter Grimes‚ Kevin in the world premiere of Snow White and The Queen of England in another world premiere of Hôtel de Pékin by Willem Jeths.

In recent years Robert Burt has found himself in demand as an actor in musical theatre and theatre. Having been a member of Trevor Nunn’s National Theatre Ensemble in 1999-2000 on CandideTroilus & CressidaMoneySummerfolk and completing three Winter seasons at the RSC playing the role of Father Christmas in their adaptation of The Lion‚ The Witch And The Wardrobe (for three seasons) he returned to Stratford in 2007 for the Complete Works Festival in Merry Wives‚ The Musical as The Host of the Garter Inn‚ understudying Simon Callow as Falstaff. He has also sung Pirelli in Sweeney Todd at the Adelphi Theatre.

A film of the Glyndebourne performances of Jonathan Kent’s The Fairy Queen was released on DVD with a cinema distribution in 2010.

Recent and future plans include Dancing Master in Manon Lescaut (Royal Opera House‚ Covent Garden)‚ Pirelli in Sweeney Todd (the Adelphi Theatre‚ London)‚ Mopsa & Flute in The Fairy Queen (Glyndebourne Festival under Laurence Cummings)‚ Arnalta in L’Incoronazione di Poppea (Montpellier)‚ Evangelist in J.S. Bach's St John Passion and Beadle in Sweeney Todd (Nederlandse Reisopera)‚ Red Queen in Alice in Wonderland‚ Abbé de Chazeuil in Adriana Lecouvrer‚ Goro in Madama Butterfly and Biaso in I Gioielli della Madonna (Opera Holland Park) and Mr Fiorentino in Street Scene (The Opera Group in London‚ Théâtre du Châtelet‚ Paris and Teatro del Liceu‚ Barcelona). He made his Royal Opera debut in 2014 as Dancing Master in in Manon Lescaut for The Royal Opera.

Source: Music Hall Website; Royal Opera House Website
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (December 2014)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works




John Eliot Gardiner


Member of Monteverdi Choir:
C-10 (1998);
BWV 63, BWV 64, BWV 121

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Tenors: Robert Burt (Music Hall)

Robert Burt (Royal Opera House)

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