Christopher Robson was
engagements between 2009 and 2014 include: the role of Sir Thomas
More/Raphael in the world premiere of “UT-OP.er” (written
for him by composer Alexander Strauch and director Martina Veh) at
the Dresden Semperoper; Trinculo in the European premiere
of Thomas Adés’s “TEMPEST” with Frankfurt
Oper (directed by Keith Warner); "Singer-Mephisto Shadow"
in a new production of Goethe's "FAUST" for the Badisches Staatstheater
Schauspielhaus in Karlsruhe (directed by Thomas Krupa); a European tour
of Purcell's "THE FAIRY QUEEN" with Philip Pickett and the New London
Consort; the world premiere at the Munich Gasteig of a Music-Theatre
piece called “GLENN GOULD vs GLENN GOULD”, a collaboration with director
Gert Pfafferodt, actor Danny Exnar, and the artist Bernd Zimmer; the
world premiere of Damon Albarn’s “DOCTOR DEE” in which Christopher creates
the role of Edward Kelley at the Manchester International
Festival and later at the Coliseum for English National Opera; the world
premiere of a new Music-Theatre piece “PRESIDENT JEKYLL” by Christoph
Reiserer and Martina Veh at the Amerikahaus in Munich; return visits
to the Frankfurt Oper for a new production of Cavalli’s “LA CALISTO”
(Satirino & Furie) and a revival of Thomas Adés’s “TEMPEST”.
From 1994-2006 Christopher
Robson was a principal guest artist with the Bavarian State Opera
(Bayerische Staatsoper) in Munich, taking part in productions of Handel’s
"GIULIO CESARE" (title role & Tolomeo), "SERSE"
(Arsamenes), "ARIODANTE" (Polinesso), RINALDO (Mago
Christiano), "RODELINDA" (Unulfo), Monteverdi's
"L’INCORONAZIONE DI POPPEA" (Arnalta) and Strauss's "DIE FLEDERMAUS"
(Orlofsky). In 2002 he played Baba the Turk in Martin
Duncan's new production of Stravinky’s "THE RAKE’S PROGRESS", and
created a plethora of roles in the World Premiere of Hans-Jürgen
von Bose’s "KAFKA PROJEKT 12/14" (an adaptation of “Metamorphoses”
and letters by Kafka), a “one-man” opera especially commissioned for
him by the Bayerische Staatsoper to open the 2002 Opernfestspiele.
At the 2005 Opernfestspiele he played the Sorceress
in Andy Ammer's unique production of Purcell's "DIDO &
AENEAS" at the Prinzregententheater, and later that year made his debut
In 1999 with the Swiss
pianist Petra Ronner he instigated a series of annual recitals at
the Munich Opera Festival exploring the relationships between Old and
New music, bringing to many listeners ears the riches of Medieval dramatic
monody for the first time, as well as music of the Baroque & Modern
eras. In 2004 he premiered a new music/theatre piece revolving around
Monteverdi's character Arianna, "CORPORALITA", in collaboration
with the director Martina Veh and choreographer & Butoh dancer Yvonne
Pouget, further strengthening his artistic ties with
In 1997 and 2002 Christopher
Robson was awarded the Opernfestspiel Preis (the only person ever
to have received the award twice in the history of the Munich Opera
Festival), and in 2003 was honoured by the Bavarian Minister for Arts
& Culture with the title of “Bayerischer Kammersänger” (Ks)
in recognition of his achievements at the Bayerische Staatsoper and
his contribution generally to music and the Arts in Munich & Bavaria.
--From Christopher Robson's official website (2018) [Text only - photos added]
-- In the box above and throughout this page, names which are links refer to my interviews elsewhere on my website. BD
© 1995 Bruce Duffie
This conversation was recorded in Chicago on September 15, 1995. Portions were broadcast on WNIB two weeks later, and again in 1998. This transcription was made in 2018, and posted on this website at that time. My thanks to British soprano Una Barry for her help in preparing this website presentation.
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Award - winning broadcaster Bruce Duffie was with WNIB, Classical 97 in Chicago from 1975 until its final moment as a classical station in February of 2001. His interviews have also appeared in various magazines and journals since 1980, and he now continues his broadcast series on WNUR-FM.You are invited to visit his website for more information about his work, including selected transcripts of other interviews, plus a full list of his guests. He would also like to call your attention to the photos and information about his grandfather, who was a pioneer in the automotive field more than a century ago. You may also send him E-Mail with comments, questions and suggestions.