Bass-Baritone Robert-John comes from Stamford, Lincolnshire and originally trained as a pianist and composer at Middlesex University. He has 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 to date include Marchese d’Obigny (La Traviata – Verdi) for Pavilion Opera, Il Commendatore (Don Giovanni – Mozart) for Opera Seria, Rochefort (Anna Bolena – Donizetti) for Hashtag Opera, Fafner (Das Rheingold – Wagner) for Secret Opera and Saffron Hall Opera, Don Parmenione (L’Occasione fa il ladrò – Rossini) for Opera Minima, Benoit/Alcindoro (La Bohème – Puccini) for Co-Opera-Co, Antonio/Bartolo (La Nozze di Figaro – Mozart) for Dorset Productions, Priest/Cadmus/Somnus (Semele – Händel) for Operamus, Ashmodeus (Tobias and the Angel – Dove) for Buxton Opera Festival, The Notary (Don Pasquale – Donizetti) for Apollo Opera and he has performed in the professional choruses of Buxton Festival Opera, Carl Rosa Opera and Stanley Hall Opera.
As a Concert Artist:
Following over a decade of professional operatic experience, Robert-John now focuses on his main passions of performing Lieder repertoire by Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, Richard Strauss, Mahler and Schoeberg, and English song. He currently has four major song cycles/programmes in repertoire: A Ploughman’s Tale, Schubert’s Winterreise, Robert Schumann’s Dicherliebe and Vaughan Williams’ Songs of Travel which he performs coupled with Elgar’s 5 Organ Grinder Songs from The Starlight Express. In 2018, he also released a CD of A Ploughman’s Tale to commemorate the centenary of The Armistice which ended the First World War.