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Born in Colchester, UK, Robert Davies 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 (Albert Herring), Marcello (La Bohème), Count Almaviva (Le Nozze di Figaro) and Doctor Falke (Die Fledermaus) on the Festival Tour. Other notable roles at Glyndebourne include Curio (Julio Cesare), Indian (The Bartered Bride), Guccio (Gianni Schicchi), Shepherd (Pellèas) and Guide (Carmen).
Roles elsewhere include Verrina (Fiesque) in the critically acclaimed British première of Lalo's opera at the Bloomsbury Theatre (UCL); Belcore (L'Elisir D'Amore) and Sharpless (Madame Butterfly) for Opera Box; Greek Captain (Les Troyens) in the Gramophone Award-winning production at the Châtelet Theatre, Paris; Dancaïre (Carmen) and Jailer (Tosca) for Diva Opera; Pish Tush (The Mikado) for D'Oyly Carte; Escamillo (Carmen) and Count Di Luna (Il Trovatore) for CMW; Waiter/Footman (Rosenkavalier) at the Spoleto Festival; and Aeneas (Dido and Aeneas) at the Edinburgh Festival.
Davies also sang in the European premières of Ned Rorem's Hearing and The Robbers. He has sung under the baton of such distinguished conductors as Simon Rattle, Vladimir Jurowski, John Eliot Gardiner, 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; 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.
Read more about Robert Davies at bobdaviesbaritone.com
Ensemble. Lucid Sense - Handel's 'Tamerlano' at Buxton, enjoyed by Mike Wheeler
Ensemble. Overtly Operatic - Sinfonia Viva's summer schools' residency project, attended by Mike Wheeler
Ensemble. Total Confidence - Sinfonia Viva's summer schools project, 'Floratorio', reviewed by Mike Wheeler
A Real Find - Robert Davies made a remarkable impact when he stood in as Papageno late in the run of English Touring Opera's 'The Magic Flute'; Roderic Dunnett profiles him and celebrates the progress of other ETO cast members
Ensemble. Crisp and Incisive - English Touring Opera's 'Magic Flute', enjoyed by Robert Hugill