Tenor and Conductor
Tenor and Conductor
'His tenor blessed with an irresistible baritonal softness, was restrained almost to the point of self-effacement. Yet, with the audience so close to the action, this only intensified the character’s grief, with Robbins’s expertly judged acting compounding the poignancy.' - Classical Source, January 2018.
'Richard Robbins’s Madwoman broke the pattern, shaking with emotion, the effect was powerful.' - Richard Bratby, The Spectator.
Richard Robbins is one of London’s busiest and in demand tenors. He recently won plaudits for his portrayal of the Madwoman in Britten’s Curlew River, with Classical Source describing his voice as possessing ‘irresistible baritonal softness’ and his acting to be ‘expertly judged.’ He is currently preparing for solo performances of Bach’s B Minor Mass with The Academy of St Martin in the Fields and Beethoven’s Mass in C with the London Mozart Players. In November, he sung on the highly competitive Oxford Lieder Mastercourse, learning from soprano Ann Murray and accompanist Roger Vignoles.
He has also been appointed to the talent scheme for 2017/18 with Handel House. During the summer of 2017, Richard covered a role and sung with Longborough Festival Opera in performances of Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde and Beethoven’s Fidelio and covered the role of Middle Son in Judith Weir’s The Vanishing Bridegroom for British Youth Opera.
He currently studies with Amanda Roocroft and for the last two years, studied Vocal Performance on the postgraduate course at the Royal Academy of Music under the tutelage of renowned tenor, Philip Doghan and highly respected interpreter of song, Joseph Middleton, winning the Rhonda Jones Scholarship upon graduation.
Lately, he has soloed with The Southbank Sinfonia and musicians from the Academy of Ancient Music and his recent performances include Oratorio, Opera and Concert work in venues such as; St. Martin-in-the-Fields; King's Place; Hackney Empire and The National Portrait Gallery. Forthcoming ensemble performances include working with Festival Voices on an electronica infused version of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas. This year he will be touring to Malta, Hong Kong and Dubai with the newly established Chamber Choir of London.
Since graduating from Royal Holloway with First Class Honours, Richard continues to be generously sponsored by The Richard Stapley Trust, The Devon Educational Trust and The Veronica Awdry Foundation.
Last summer, Richard spearheaded the campaign to Save the National Musicians’ Church from shutting its doors to musicians, gathering much press and social media attention. Consequently, he has helped create a new hub for church based rehearsal venues which can be found at www.musicianschurch.org
Read Reviews of Richard's work.
Ante Terminum Productions, a new London-based opera company, launched in style with Britten’s Curlew River, which had its premiere in St Bartholomew’s, Orford, in 1964, and, over half a century later, has alighted for a short run (until January 13) at the mysterious and magnificent church of St Bartholomew the Great, in Smithfield.
Read The Spectator's Richard Bratby's assessment of our 'powerful' production Curlew River.
This was my first encounter with this Britten church parable. And I totally loved it. Half of it is because the music is genius (so atmospheric!) and the other half because it was presented by Ante Terminum Productions in a perfect way.