Robin Adams

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Claudia Boyle and Robin Adams, The Last Hotel by Enda Walsh and Donnacha Dennehy, Edinburgh International Festival 2015

Robin Adams is an English lyric baritone, a classical singer who has appeared in several major opera houses and concert halls.

Life and career[edit]

Adams studied singing with Patricia MacMahon and Peter Alexander Wilson as well as piano and cello at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music & Drama in Glasgow and later on with Carol Blaickner-Mayo in Vienna. He won several awards and scholarships and started his career in 1996 singing the Ferryman in Curlew River by Benjamin Britten at the Edinburgh International Festival and at a Japan tour. Two other Britten roles – Billy Budd and Tarquinius in The Rape of Lucretia – paved his way to Glasgow and Vienna. Thereafter he was invited by the Wiener Kammeroper to sing in Strauss and Mozart productions.

After his successful Malatesta debut at the Landestheater Linz in 1999, Adams was invited to join the ensemble of this traditional Austrian opera company. He remained in Linz for two years singing principal parts from all eras of opera history. In 2002, Adams was invited to Stadttheater Bern, he moved to Switzerland and stayed there till today. His repertoire is very broad, it reaches from Claudio Monteverdi to contemporary classical music to Operetta, Pop and Musical. In Bern he has been performing in leading opera roles, but has also succeeded with a program called No opera allowed. He has taught singing at the Swiss Musical Academy as well as at the London College of Music and has also been invited to major opera houses of Europa and South America. At the Frankfurt Opera House he sang Traveller, Don Cassandro and Schaunard, at the Parisian Théâtre du Châtelet he debuted as Captain in Die Bassariden by Hans Werner Henze. At the Oper Leipzig he performed as Danilo and he is a frequent guest at the Theater Augsburg, the Theatre de la Monnaie in Bruxelles, the Teatro Liceo in Barcelone and the Edinburgh International Festival.

As a noted performer of contemporary music, his appearances have included Blazes (in The Lighthouse by Peter Maxwell Davies) for La Monnaie and Muziektheater Transparant, as well as Antigonus and Pickpocket II (in Boesmans' Wintermärchen) at the Liceu. He also took part in a series of world premieres:

The original Quartett production by La Fura dels Baus from La Scala was since seen at Wiener Festwochen in Vienna, at Cité de la Musique in Paris, at Opéra de Lille and at the Holland Festival. In 2015 the production was presented at the Gulbenkian in Lisboa. In June 2015, Adams sang this role also at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires.

Adams is also active as a concert singer. He sang Alexander Zemlinsky's Lyric Symphony with the Moscow Symphony Orchestra, Bach's Magnificat with the English Chamber Orchestra at the Barbican in London and a recital of Hugo Wolf in Wolf's birth house. His concert repertoire also includes works by Henry Purcell, Handel's Messiah, Orff's Carmina Burana, Brahms' Deutsches Requiem, as well as Bach Cantatas and Passions and Mahler's Das klagende Lied.

Roles[edit]

Composer Work Role
Ludwig van Beethoven Fidelio Don Pizarro
Vincenzo Bellini I puritani Riccardo
Alban Berg Wozzeck Wozzeck
Leonard Bernstein West Side Story Tony
Georges Bizet La jolie fille de Perth Duc de Rothsay
Philippe Boesmans Wintermärchen Antigonus/Pickpocket II
Benjamin Britten Peter Grimes Balstrode
Billy Budd Billy Budd
A Midsummer Night's Dream Demetrius
The Rape of Lucretia Tarquinius
Curlew River Ferryman, Traveller
Marc-Antoine Charpentier Médée Oronte
Peter Maxwell Davies The Lighthouse Blazes
Donnacha Dennehy The Last Hotel (World premiere) Husband
Gaetano Donizetti L'elisir d'amore Belcore
Lucia di Lammermoor Enrico
Don Pasquale Malatesta
Luca Francesconi Quartett (World premiere) Vicomte De Valmont
Christoph Willibald Gluck Armide Le Chevalier Danois
Wim Henderickx Triumph of Spirit over Matter (World premiere) Kunstenaar Beck
Christian Henking Leonce and Lena (World premiere) Leonce
Hans Werner Henze Die Bassariden Captain
Leoš Janáček The Cunning Little Vixen Forester
Erich Wolfgang Korngold Die tote Stadt Frank/Fritz
Franz Lehár Die lustige Witwe Danilo
Jules Massenet Manon Lescaut
Claudio Monteverdi Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria Ulisse
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart La finta semplice Cassandro
Le nozze di Figaro Count Almaviva
Don Giovanni Don Giovanni
Così fan tutte Guglielmo
Die Zauberflöte Papageno
Giacomo Puccini La bohème Marcello, Schaunard
Madama Butterfly Sharpless
Gioachino Rossini Il barbiere di Siviglia Figaro
La Cenerentola Dandini
Johann Strauss Die Fledermaus Falke, Eisenstein
Richard Strauss Der Rosenkavalier Faninal
Arabella Graf Dominik
Igor Stravinsky The Rake's Progress Nick Shadow
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Eugene Onegin Eugene Onegin
Giuseppe Verdi Macbeth Macbeth
La traviata Germont
Falstaff Ford
Richard Wagner Tannhäuser Wolfram
Das Rheingold Donner

Discography[edit]

Accolades[edit]

  • Silver Medal of the Worshipful Company of the City of London
  • Countess of Munster Scholarship, dedicated by Dame Janet Baker
  • Lied Award of the Royal Academy

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