Icelandic bass-baritone Andri Björn Róbertsson made his house début at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden last season as Witness 3/ Madman in the World Premiere of Sir George Benjamin’s Lessons in Love and Violence, which was also recently revived at the Dutch National Opera, Amsterdam. As a 2016/17 Harewood Artist, Andri made his début with the company as Angelotti in Catherine Malfitano's production of Tosca, subsequently performing the role 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.
Other recent 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 in Zürich where he performed Speaker/Second Priest 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 Speaker and to perform Priest/Pan/He in 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 cantata 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 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 newly commissioned and co-produced double-bill for Royal Opera House, Opera North and Aldeburgh Music.
Andri’s oratorio repertoire includes Bach’s Cantatas and St John Passion, St Matthew Passion, Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s Harmoniemesse and The Creation, Mozart's Requiem and Coronation Mass KV 317, Puccini’s Messa di Gloria and Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortileges. Recent concert engagements include the roles of Cappadocian and Fifth Jew in a concert performance of Salome with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and a series of concerts with Baroque Ensemble Café Zimmermann in Marseille, La Roque d’Antheron and Aix en Provence.
Andri is also a keen recitalist and has performed at the Oxford Lieder Festival, Icelandic Opera in Reykjavik and the Festival d’Aix en Provence and L’Opéra de Lille.
Engagements this season include Fifth Jew (cover) in Salome for ENO and recitals at the Wigmore Hall, London with ENO Harewood Artists and pianist Iain Burnside, and at the at Salurinn, Kópavogur, Iceland and Kings Hall Newcastle with pianist Edwige Herchenroder. Next year he will reprise the roles of Witness 3/ Madman in revival performances of Sir George Benjamin’s Lessons in Love and Violence in Hamburg and Lyon.
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.