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Robin Blaze

Robin Blaze
Born 1971 (age 43–44)
Manchester, England

Robin Blaze (born 1971 in Manchester) is an English countertenor.


  • Childhood and education 1
  • Opera 2
  • Performances 3
  • Discography 4
  • External links 5

Childhood and education

The son of a professional organ.


His opera roles have included:


Blaze has performed with conductors including Harry Christophers, Stephen Cleobury, John Eliot Gardiner, Philippe Herreweghe, Richard Hickox, David Hill, Christopher Hogwood, René Jacobs, Robert King, Ton Koopman, Nicholas Kraemer, Gustav Leonhardt, Paul McCreesh, Nicholas McGegan, Trevor Pinnock, and Masaaki Suzuki.

He has appeared with ensembles including the Academy of Ancient Music, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir, Bach Collegium Japan, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, La Chapelle Royale, City of London Sinfonia, Collegium Musicum 90, Collegium Vocale, The English Concert, Fretwork, Gabrieli Consort, Hallé Orchestra, Hanover Band, Israel Chamber Orchestra, King's Consort, Manchester Camerata, National Symphony Orchestra, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, Northern Sinfonia, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Florilegium, Palladian Ensemble, The Parley of Instruments, Philadelphia Orchestra, Royal Flanders Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, RIAS Kammerchor, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, The Sixteen, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir, and Winchester Cathedral Choir.

Blaze works regularly with pianist Graham Johnson and lutenist Elizabeth Kenny. He is involved in the project Dieterich Buxtehude – Opera Omnia of Ton Koopman and the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir to record the complete works of Dieterich Buxtehude.


Blaze has made over 50 solo recordings, including the complete Bach cantata series for Masaaki Suzuki for BIS, and a series of song recitals with Elizabeth Kenny for Hyperion. His CD of Handel duets with Carolyn Sampson was nominated for a Gramophone Award, and his recording of Thomas Adès' "Lover in Winter" won the Gramophone contemporary music recording prize. Other award winning recordings include Byrd consort songs with Concordia and Handel's Choice of Hercules with The King's Consort, both for Hyperion Records.

External links

  • Rayfield Allied
  • Hyperion Records
  • Bach Cantatas
  • , interview with Roderic Dunnett (26 December 2001)A Countertenor Virtuoso
  • Boy Soloist
  • Goldberg: the early music portal
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