Andri Björn Róbertsson
In 2018, Icelandic bass-baritone Andri Björn Róbertsson will make his début for the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden as Witness 3/Madman in the World Premiere of Sir George Benjamin’s new opera Lessons in Love and Violence. Andri joined English National Opera’s prestigious Harewood Artists last season, making his début with the company as Angelotti in Catherine Malfitano's production of Tosca. He has subsequently performed the role of Ceprano in Rigoletto and covered the role of Basilio in The Barber of Seville for the company.
Recent highlights include performing the role of Angelotti in a semi-staged concert performance of Tosca opposite Kristine Opolais, Sir Bryn Terfel and Kristian Benedikt at the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod with the Orchestra of Welsh National Opera and the role of Superintendent Budd in Albert Herring for The Grange Festival. Later this season, Andri will perform the role of Lord Krishna in Philip Glass’s Satyagraha and Theseus in A Midsummer Night’s Dream for ENO and next season, he will perform Witness 3/ Madman in revival performances of Lessons in Love and Violence in Amsterdam, Hamburg and Lyon.
In 2014/15 Andri joined the International Opera Studio in Zürich where he performed Speaker/Second Priest in Die Zauberflöte, Der König in Die Gänsemagd, Brabantische Edle in Lohengrin and Fedja Dawidowitsch Pronin in Fälle by Oscar Strasnoy. He subsequently returned as a guest artist to reprise his role as Speaker and to perform Priest/Pan/He in King Arthur. In 2014, he was named as a HSBC Laureate of Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, where he performed the role of Bass in Trauernacht – a staged performance based on J. S. Bach’s sacred cantata at the Festival, and the production has since travelled to various European venues. Other roles include Sarastro in Mozart's The Magic Flute with Garsington Opera and again with Joanna MacGregor at the Bath International Music Festival, Craftsman in Elspeth Brooke’s The Commission and Barman/Hunter Gracchus/Policeman in Francisco Coll’s Café Kafka – a newly commissioned and co-produced double-bill for Royal Opera House, Opera North and Aldeburgh Music.
Andri’s oratorio repertoire includes Bach’s Cantatas and St John Passion, St Matthew Passion, Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s Harmoniemesse and The Creation, Mozart’s Requiem and Coronation Mass KV 317, Puccini’s Messa di Gloria and Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortileges. Recent concert engagements include the roles of Cappadocian and Fifth Jew in a concert performance of Salome with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and a series of concerts with Baroque Ensemble Café Zimmermann in Marseille, La Roque d’Antheron and Aix en Provence.
Andri is also a keen recitalist and has performed at the Oxford Lieder Festival, Icelandic Opera in Reykjavik and the Festival d’Aix en Provence and L’Opéra de Lille in France.
Andri was a semi-finalist in the 2015 Queen Sonja International Music Competition and was nominated as the ´Brightest Hope in Classical Music´ at the 2013 Icelandic Music Awards. He studied at the Reykjavik Academy of Singing and Vocal Arts in his native Iceland, the Royal Academy of Music and the National Opera Studio, London. He gratefully acknowledges Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and her Foundation who provided him with significant mentoring and financial support. Andri is also grateful to the Behrens Foundation who are sponsoring his engagement as a Harewood Artist at ENO.
Andri is also a Samling Artist.
KSO performance history
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