Robert Davies, Bass
Born in Colchester, Robert studied at the University of Sheffield and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama before embarking on a solo career, both on the opera stage and concert platform.
Awarded the Erich Vietheer Memorial Award at Glyndebourne in 2003, he went on to appear as Mr Gedge in Albert Herring, Marcello in La Bohème, Count Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro and Doctor Falke Die Fledermaus on the Festival Tour. Other notable roles at Glyndebourne include Curio in Giulio Cesare, Indian in The Bartered Bride, Guccio in Gianni Schicchi, Shepherd in Pellèas and Guide in Carmen. Roles elsewhere include Verrina in Fiesque in the critically acclaimed British première of Lalo’s opera at the Bloomsbury Theatre (UCL), Belcore in L’Elisir D’Amore and Sharpless in Madame Butterfly for Opera Box, Belcore in L’Elisir D’Amore for Swansea City Opera, Greek Captain in Les Troyens in the Gramophone Award-winning production at the Châtelet Theatre, Paris, Dancaïre in Carmen and Jailer in Tosca for Diva Opera, Kuligin in Katya Kabanova, Papageno and First Priest in The Magic Flute for English Touring Opera, Pish Tush in The Mikado for D’Oyly Carte, Escamillo in Carmen and Count Di Luna in Il Trovatore for Children’s Music Workshop, Waiter/Footman in Der Rosenkavalier at the Spoleto Festival and Aeneas in Dido and Aeneas at the Edinburgh Festival. Robert also sang in the European premieres of Ned Rorem’s Hearing and The Robbers.
Robert has sung under the baton of such distinguished conductors as Sir Simon Rattle, Vladimir Jurowski, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Sir Mark Elder, Richard Hickox, Emanuelle Haim, Harry Christophers and Edward Gardner. With a wide concert repertoire, performances include the Bach B Minor Mass on a European Tour and Handel Dixit Dominus in the United States; Monteverdi Vespers in St Mark’s, Venice; Handel Messiah in St. David’s Hall, Cardiff; Mendelssohn Elijah; Elgar The Kingdom; Brahms Requiem; Bach St Matthew and St John Passions; Mozart Mass in C Minor and Requiem; Orff Carmina Burana; Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle; Britten Cantata Misericordia; Elgar Caractacus and Haydn The Seasons.
In 2007, Robert was shortlisted for the prestigious Jette Parker Young Artists Programme at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.
Recent performances include Figaro in Le Nozze di Figaro and Demetrius in A Midsummer Night’s Dream also for English Touring Opera; his debut at the Opera Comique, Paris as Ottaker in Der Freischutz, Rigoletto for Bury Court Opera and performances of Carmen in Luxembourg.