Born in Chicago, Robert Bork began his studies in the US and completed them with honours in Germany. He started his career as a member of the ensemble at the opera in Cologne.
Engagements followed at La Scala in Milan, Hamburgische Staatsoper, Opéra du Rhin in Strasbourg, Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse, La Fenice in Venice, DeNederlandse Opera, and at the Royal Flemish Opera in Antwerp. Robert Bork worked with conductors such as Pinchas Steinberg, Lawrence Foster, Kent Nagano, James Conlon, Sebastian Weigle, Hartmut Haenchen, Ivan Fischer, and Simone Young.
His wide ranging repertoire covers Jochanaan/Salome, Holländer/Der fliegende Holländer, Balstrode/Peter Grimes, Don Carlo/La Forza del Destino, Fritz Kothner/Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Klingsor/Parsifal, Masetto/Don Giovanni, Faninal/Der Rosenkavalier, Music Master/Ariadne auf Naxos, Kaspar/Der Freischütz, Animal Tamer, Rodrigo, and Athlete/Lulu, Simon/Violanta, and Mephisto/Faust, among others.
He had huge successes as Faninal/Der Rosenkavalier under Kent Nagano, Albert/Werther at the Munich Opera Festival, and Gunter in Wagner‘s Ring in Amsterdam and Antwerp. Bork also performed the lead role, Ben Ata, in the world premiere of Philip Glass' Marriage of zones three, four and five.
Robert Bork is also very sought after as a concert singer. His repertoire is as versatile as his opera repertoire and ranges from contemporary works such as Das Floß der Medusa by Hans Werner Henze to Brahms‘ Ein deutsches Requiem, Mahler's 8th Symphony, Beethoven's 9th Symphony, and J.S. Bachs‘ St. Matthew-Passion and b-minor Mass.
Highlights of the recent past include Simone Boccanegra at Staatsoper Hamburg, Schubert’s Fierrabras at Théatre de la Monnaie in Brussels, a tour in Japan as Dutchman/The Flying Dutchman, the role of Friedrich in Wagner’s Das Liebesverbot as well as Jochanaan in Salome at the Opéra National de Rhin in Strasbourg, Don Pizarro/Fidelio at Ópera de Colombia in Bogota, Orest/Elektra at Naples' Teatro di San Carlo, and most recently the role of Priesterkönig in a concert version of Jörg Widmann's Babylon at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam under the baton of Markus Stenz.
Among Bork’s future projects is the role of Balstrode/Peter Grimes at the Palau des Arts Reina Sofia in Valencia as well as concerts in New York and Chicago.


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Repertoire Concert

Bach, J.S. B minor mass
  St. Matthew Passion
Beethoven Symphony no. 9
Brahms Ein deutsches Requiem
Henze Das Floß der Medusa
Mahler Symphony no. 8
Vaughan Williams Fantasia on Christmas Carols

Repertoire Opera

Adams Doctor Atomic Edward Teller
Bartók Bluebeard's Castle Bluebeard
Beethoven Fidelio Don Pizarro
Berg Lulu an Animal Tamer
    an Athlete
Britten Billy Budd Mr. Redburn
  Peter Grimes Balstrode
Enescu Oedipe Créon
Fénelon Faust Méphistophélès
Glass The Marriages Between Zones Three, Four and Five (UA) Ben Ata
Händel Serse Elviro
Henze Die Bassariden Kadmos
Korngold Violanta Simon
Massenet Manon Comte des Grieux
  Werther Albert
Mozart Don Giovanni Masetto
Puccini Tosca Scarpia
  Turandot Mandarin
Saint-Saëns Henry VIII Henry VIII
Schubert Fierrabras Boland
Strauss, R. Ariadne auf Naxos Musiklehrer
  Der Rosenkavalier Faninal
  Salomé Jochanaan
Verdi La forza del destino Don Carlo di Vargas
  Simon Boccanegra Paolo Albiani
Wagner Das Liebesverbot Friedrich
  Das Rheingold Donner
  Der fliegende Holländer Der Holländer
  Die Meistersinger v. Nürnberg Fritz Kothner
  Die Walküre  Wotan
  Götterdämmerung Gunther
  Parsifal Klingsor
  Rienzi Kardinal Orvieto
  Tannhäuser Biterolf
  Tristan und Isolde Kurwenal
Weber Der Freischütz Kaspar
Widmann Babylon Priesterkönig/Der Tod
Zimmermann Die Soldaten Mary


From Valencia to the Rhine as Balstrode
With his “noble singing and stunning stage presence”, Robert Bork enthused audience and critics alike as Balstrode in Willy Decker’s staging of Peter Grimes at Valencia’s Palau de les Arts.
Now his path leads him to the Deutsche Oper am Rhein where he will once again stand by Peter Grimes’ (embodied by Corby Welch) side, this time under the baton of Wen-Pin Chien. Bork can be heard as Balstrode on the following nights: May 06th/08th at Theater Duisburg; June 29th and July 05th/10th at Opera Düsseldorf.



Peter Grime / Palau de les Arts Valencia / 11.02.18 /

"Robert Bork was a warm and generous Balstrode" 

Elektra / Teatro di San Carlo Neapel / 09.04.17 /

"Robert Bork was an authoritative Orestes" 

Salome / Opéra national du Rhin Strasbourg / 14.03.17 /

"La sombre voix tonnante" 
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