Andri Björn Róbertsson
Andri Björn Róbertsson
Icelandic bass-baritone Andri Björn Róbertsson is much in demand on both the concert platform and the operatic stage.
The 2021/22 season sees the launch of his much anticipated debut recital CD on the Fuga Libera label. The album features songs by Icelandic composer Árni Thorsteinson and Schumann Lieder.
Last season, Andri was meant to return to Zurich Opera with the La Scintilla Orchestra for St John’s Passion and revisit the roles of Witness 3 and Madman in George Benjamin’s Lessons in Love and Violence at the Châtelet, however these productions were unfortunately affected by the COVID19 pandemic.
In the 2019/20 season, Andri made his House operatic debut at his native Icelandic Opera as Figaro in Le Nozze di Figaro and was meant to return to the Dutch National Opera as Der Einäugige in Die Frau Ohne Schatten, however this was also unfortunately interrupted by the COVID19 pandemic.
In previous seasons, Andri appeared at both the Staatsoper Hamburg and Opera National de Lyon with Lessons in Love and Violence singing both Witness 3 / Madman. These followed Andri’s House debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden with the World Premiere of the same production.
As a 2016/17 Harewood Artist, Andri made his debut with the company as Angelotti in Catherine Malfitano's production of Tosca, subsequently performing the role of Ceprano in Rigoletto and Basilio (cover) in The Barber of Seville. Most recently, he performed the roles of Lord Krishna in Philip Glass’s Satyagraha and Theseus in A Midsummer Night’s Dream for the company. While also at ENO, Andri covered the role of Fifth Jew in Salome and gave recitals at the Wigmore Hall, London with ENO Harewood Artists and pianist Iain Burnside.
Other highlights include Angelotti in a semi-staged concert performance of Tosca opposite Kristine Opolais and Sir Bryn Terfel at the 2017 Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod with the Orchestra of Welsh National Opera and Superintendent Budd in Albert Herring at The Grange Festival.
In 2014/15 Andri joined the International Opera Studio at Zurich Opera where he performed Sprecher/Zweiter Priester in Die Zauberflöte, Der König in Die Gänsemagd, Brabantische Edle in Lohengrin and Fedja Dawidowitsch Pronin in Fälle by Oscar Strasnoy. He subsequently returned as a guest artist to reprise his role as Sprecher and to perform Priest/Pan/He in Purcell’s King Arthur. In 2014, he was named as a HSBC Laureate of Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, where he performed the role of Bass in Trauernacht – a staged performance based on J. S. Bach’s sacred cantatas at the Festival, and the production has since travelled to various European venues. Other roles include Sarastro in Mozart's The Magic Flute with Garsington Opera at West Green House and again with Joanna MacGregor at the Bath International Music Festival, Craftsman in Elspeth Brooke’s The Commission and Barman/Hunter Gracchus/Policeman in Francisco Coll’s Café Kafka – a co-produced double-bill for Royal Opera House, Opera North and Aldeburgh Music.
Andri’s oratorio repertoire includes Bach’s Cantatas, St John Passion and St Matthew Passion, Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s Harmoniemesse and The Creation, Mozart's Requiem and Coronation Mass, Puccini’s Messa di Gloria and Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortileges. Other concert engagements include the roles of Cappadocian and Fifth Jew in Richard Strauss’s Salome with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, a series of concerts with Baroque Ensemble Café Zimmermann in Marseille, La Roque d’Antheron and Aix en Provence.
Andri is also a sought-after recitalist and has performed at the Oxford Lieder Festival, Icelandic Opera in Reykjavik, Festival d’Aix en Provence and L’Opéra de Lille as well as at Salurinn, Kópavogur, Iceland.
Andri was a semi-finalist in the 2015 Queen Sonja International Music Competition and was nominated as the ́Brightest Hope in Classical Music ́ at the 2013 Icelandic Music Awards. He studied at the Reykjavik Academy of Singing and Vocal Arts in his native Iceland, the Royal Academy of Music and the National Opera Studio, London. He gratefully acknowledges Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and her Foundation who provided him with significant mentoring and financial support. Andri is also grateful to the Behrens Foundation who sponsored his engagement as a Harewood Artist at ENO.
Andri is a Samling Artist and a Georg Solti Accademia Scholar.