Biography

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.
Since then, guest engagements led him to renowned houses, including the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, Palau de les Arts Valencia, Bavarian State Opera Munich, Hamburg State Opera, Teatro di San Carlo in Naples, Teatro la Fenice,Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse, Opéra du Rhin in Strasbourg, Royal Flemish Opera in Antwerp, Dutch National Opera, as well as the Concertgebouw Amsterdam.
There he worked with conductors such as Kent Nagano, Valery Gergiev, Marc Minkowski, Pinchas Steinberg, James Conlon, Simone Young, Oksana Lyniv, Sebastian Weigle, Hartmut Haenchen, Ivan Fischer, Juraj Valčuha and Ingo Metzmacher.

His wide ranging repertoire covers i.a. Jochanaan/Salome, Holländer/Der fliegende Holländer, Fritz Kothner/Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Klingsor/Parsifal, Faninal/Der Rosenkavalier, Music Master/Ariadne auf Naxos, Kaspar/Der Freischütz, Masetto/Don Giovanni, Balstrode/Peter Grimes, Don Carlo/La Forza del Destino, Animal Tamer, Rodrigo, and Athlete/Lulu, Simon/Violanta, and Mephisto/Faust.

Recent highlights on the opera stage include Faninal/Der Rosenkavalier under the baton of Kent Nagano in Los Angeles, Albert/Werther und Turnage‘s Greek at Opernfestspielen Munich, Balstrode/Peter Grimes at Palau de les Arts Valencia and at Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Wotan/Die Walküre in Bari and Kassel, Klingsor/Parsifal in Turku, Widmann’s Babylon/Priest King at Concertgebouw Amsterdam under Markus Stenz, as well as Gunter in Wagner’s Ring in Amsterdam and Antwerp. Furthermore, he sang 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 the baroque to the contemporary, inclduing works such as J.S. Bach’s St Matthew Passion and Mass in b-minor, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem and Mahler’s 8th Symphony, as well as Henze’s Das Floß der Medusa.

Engagements in the season 2019/20 include, among others, Kurwenal/Tristan und Isolde in Bari, and Donner/Das Rheingold under the baton of Axel Kober in Düsseldorf.

Management

General Management

Artist Manager
 
 
 
 
Boris Orlob
Managing Director
boris@orlob.net 
Mobil: +49-172-8 51 55 14

Repertoire

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
  Hodie
 

Repertoire Opera

Adams Doctor Atomic Edward Teller
Bartók Bluebeard's Castle Bluebeard
Beethoven Fidelio Don Pizarro
Berg Lulu an Animal Tamer
    an Athlete
    Professor
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

Press

 

Peter Grime / Palau de les Arts Valencia / 11.02.18 / operatraveller.com


"Robert Bork was a warm and generous Balstrode" 

Elektra / Teatro di San Carlo Neapel / 09.04.17 / bachtrack.com


"Robert Bork was an authoritative Orestes" 

Salome / Opéra national du Rhin Strasbourg / 14.03.17 / olyrix.com


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