Robert-John Edwards

Bass-Baritone



About


Stamford-born Robert-John originally trained as a pianist and composer at Middlesex University and had small choral works performed at St Martin’s-in-the-Fields church and Lincoln and Winchester Cathedrals.

He later trained as a singer, attending the Birmingham Conservatoire as a postgraduate and winning the PGDip course prize in 2007.

Roles include Il Commendatore (Don Giovanni – Mozart), Rochefort (Anna Bolena – Donizetti), Fafner (Das Rheingold – Wagner), Don Parmenione (L’Occasione fa il ladrò – Rossini), Benoit/Alcindoro (La Bohème – Puccini), Antonio/Bartolo (La Nozze di Figaro – Mozart) for Dorset Productions, Priest/Cadmus/Somnus (Semele – Händel), Ashmodeus (Tobias and the Angel – Dove), The Notary (Don Pasquale – Donizetti) and he has performed in the professional choruses of Buxton Festival Opera, Carl Rosa Opera and Stanley Hall Opera.


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Robert-John Edwards gives cleverly judged accounts of both Benoit and Alcindoro.

George Hall, Opera Now


As a concert artist:

Robert-John also specialises as a soloist in oratorios and song recitals (he has a particular love of lieder). Over the past couple of years, he has been performing his concept recital, “A Ploughman’s Tale” around the country. The programme is based upon songs and settings of words by those who lived through (and in some cases) died the Great War of 1914-18 and forms the very human story of a plough-boy who grows up with dreams and feels the call of the War before discovering its true horrors. For a full list of the repertoire Robert-John currently covers, please see his Audition Oracle profile.




Schedule


23rd April

St Andrew’s Church, Whissendine

Shakespeare at the Opera An Opera Gala featuring operatic classics and numbers from operas and shows inspired by William Shakespeare’s plays

Shiona Cormack, Coloratura
Caroline Sharpe, Soprano
Joanna Gamble, Mezzo-Soprano
Julian Ochwat, Tenor
Fergus Black, Piano

14th May

St James’ Church Hall, Tower Street, Heywood, Rochdale

Mozart, Don Giovanni, Il Commendatore
Opera Seria
Jonathan Ellis, Musical Director
Rochelle Hart, Director

11th May

St Barnabas’ Church, Oldham

Mozart, Don Giovanni, Il Commendatore
Opera Seria
Jonathan Ellis, Musical Director
Rochelle Hart, Director

22nd May

Chorlton Central Church (as part of the Chrolton Arts Festival)

Mozart, Don Giovanni, Il Commendatore
Opera Seria
Jonathan Ellis, Musical Director
Rochelle Hart, Director

18th June

Calybrooke Magna Church, Leicestershire

Haydn, The Creation, God Created Great Whales and Be Fruitful All
Handel, Israel in Egypt, The Lord is a Man of War
Mendelssohn, Elijah, Selection of Arias
Handel, Messiah, For Behold! Darkness Shall Cover the Earth and The People That Walked In Darkness
Stainer, The Crucifixion, And As Moses Lifted Up the Serpent in the Wilderness
Handel, The Brockes Passion, My Father, Look Upon My Anguish

Novus Cantores,
Christopher Hill, Musical Director


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Teaching


Robert-John is a very successful singing teacher and is based around the Stamford and Rutland area.

He qualified as a classroom teacher in 2003 and has a reputation for excellence and success. He has a 100% pass rate in ABRSM examinations, with well over 70% of his students achieving a Merit or Distinction (this improves to 100% Merit and Distinction for students doing Grade 6-8).

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