Icelandic bass-baritone Andri Björn Róbertsson made his Royal Opera debut in 2014 as Craftsman (The Commission) and Man/Policeman/Gracchus (Café Kafka). He returns in the 2017/18 Season to sing Witness 3 / Madman (Lessons in Love and Violence, world premiere).
Róbertsson studied at the Royal Academy of Music, where his roles included Prince Gremin (Eugene Onegin) and Arthur/Third Officer (The Lighthouse), and the National Opera Studio in London and the International Opera Studio in Zürich, his Zürich Opera roles including Speaker of the Temple (Die Zauberflöte) and Priest/Pan/He (King Arthur). He was a 2014 HSBC Laureate at the Aix-en-Provence Festival and was nominated ‘Brightest Young Hope in Classical Music’ at the 2013 Icelandic Music Awards. He is currently a Harewood Artist supported by the Behrens Fellowship with English National Opera , his roles including Count Ceprano (Rigoletto) and Cesare Angelotti (Tosca). Other engagements include Superintendent Budd (Albert Herring) for The Grange Festival, Sarastro (Die Zauberflöte) for Garsington Opera and Bath International Music Festival and Trauernacht for Aix-en-Provence Festival.
Róbertsson’s many awards include the Audience Prize in the Mozart Singing Competition in London and first prize in the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra and Icelandic Academy of Arts Competition. He has given recitals at the Oxford Lieder Festival, Aix-en-Provence Festival and for Opéra de Lille and Icelandic Opera, among others. Concert appearances include Christus (Bach’s St Matthew Passion) with Newcastle Bach Choir at Sage, Gateshead.
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Following the success of Written on Skin, Lessons in Love and Violence will have its world premiere on 10 May 2018.