Robert Thompson studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He sang in
the choir of Saint Paul’s Cathedral as a Deputy before moving north first to Yorkshire then
to Cumbria from where he travels throughout the country to perform.
His oratorio experience is wide-ranging, recent engagements including works
by Handel, Rossini, Dvořák and Britten. He has recorded Stainer’s “The Crucifixion”
and Francis Jackson’s “A Time of Fire”.
Opera roles have included Tamino The Magic Flute, Vašek The Bartered Bride,
Nemorino L’Elisir d’Amore, Gherardo Gianni Schicchi, Frederic The Pirates of Penzance,
the Narrator in Carl Orff’s The Moon, Florestan Fidelio and the title roles in Britten’s
Albert Herring and Peter Grimes. He has played Bob Boles in a workshop production
of Peter Grimes at Covent Garden and recently appeared as Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni)
in a Robert Hayward masterclass. He has sung for Flemish Opera (Lohengrin and Billy
Budd), for Scottish Opera (Fidelio)and for Opera North (Tannhäuser, Aida, Don Carlos,
Gloriana, La Gioconda, Genoveva, Eugene Onegin, Oedipus Rex and Troilus and Cressida).
As a founder member of the European Festival Chorus he has appeared in Tristan und
Isolde under Claudio Abbado at the Salzburg Easter Festival and on tour in Tokyo.
As a member of Scotland’s highly-rated Cappella Nova he has appeared on BBC2
in a first performance of James MacMillan’s “Seven Last Words” and also took part
in a radio play with the actor John Sessions. He has worked with other professional
choirs including the Finzi Singers, the Britten Singers and London Voices.