Timothy Robinson


Having been a member of the Royal Opera, Covent Garden, Timothy Robinson has also appeared with English National Opera, the Aix-en-Provence Festival, Welsh National Opera, Bavarian State Opera, Glyndebourne and the Paris Opera. He sang Captain Vere for ENO before reprising the role for the Hamburg Opera and in Bilbao. He sang his first Aschenbach Death in Venice in Salzburg and Peter Quint for both Leipzig Opera and ENO. He has worked with many of the world’s leading orchestras including the BBC, City of Birmingham, San Francisco, Bournemouth and Melbourne Symphony, Scottish Chamber, Philharmonia, Royal Philharmonic, Hallé, Bayerische Rundfunk  and the Vienna, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestras; the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia; and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra under conductors including Mackerras, Elder, Harding and Rattle. He has appeared at the Aldeburgh Festival; the BBC Proms; the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam; and the Vienna and Berlin Konzerthaus and  has recorded for EMI, Linn and Deutsche Grammophon.

Engagements this season and beyond include Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and Vasily Petrenko, performances of Handel's Messiah with the Orquesta Sinfonica de Galicia and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the world premiere of A Winter's Tale conducted by Ryan Wigglesworth and directed by Rory Kinnear at the English National Opera and a return to Garsington Opera for The Marriage of Figaro.


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Wonderful Town: Lonigan

Fidelio: Jaquino

Billy Budd: Captain Vere
Death in Venice: Aschenbach
A Midsummer Night's Dream: Lysander  / Snout *
The Rape of Lucretia: Male Chorus
The Turn of the Screw: Peter Quint
Peter Grimes: The Rector

Alcina: Oronote
Semele: Jupiter
Rodelinda: Grimoaldo
L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato
Acis and Galatea: Damon

Katja Kabanova: Kudrjash
The Makropulos Case: Janek
The Cunning Little Vixen: Schoolmaster

The Greek Passion: Yannakos

Cosi Fan Tutte: Ferrando
Don Giovanni: Don Ottavio
La Clemenza di Tito: Tito
La Finta Giardiniera: Il Podesta
The Marriage of Figaro: Basilio / Don Curzio
The Magic Flute: Monostatos

Boris Godunov: Schuiski / Simpleton

Madama Butterfly: Goro
Tosca: Spoletta
Turandot: Pong

The Bartered Bride: Vasek

Ariadne auf Naxos: Scaramuccio
Salome: 3rd Jew

Oedipus Rex: Shepherd
Renard: The Cockerel

King Priam: Hermes

Eugene Onegin: Triquet *

A Pilgrim's Progress: Interpreter, 2nd Shepherd, Mr By-Ends, Usher

Don Carlos: Il Conte di Lerma
Falstaff: Fenton / Bardolph *
Otello: Roderigo
Rigoletto: Borsa
Traviata: Gastone

Das Rheingold: Froh
Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg: Moser
Tristan und Isolde: Hirt / Seeman

*In preparation

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Royal Albert Hall, LONDON

HANDEL 'Messiah'

Conductor: Brian Wright

Bass: Alistair Miles

Highgate Choral Society
Goldsmiths Choral Union
English Concert Chorus
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Royal Albert Hall, LONDON

HANDEL 'Messiah'

Conductor: Brian Wright

Bass: Alistair Miles

Highgate Choral Society
Goldsmiths Choral Union
English Concert Chorus
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

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Garsington Opera

'Timothy Robinson is a superb Arbace...' Melanie Eskenazi, Music OMH, 20 June 2016
'Timothy Robinson makes a charismatic, warmly sung Arbace – his "Sventurata Sidon" is gorgeously expressive and rich in tone and emotion.' Charlotte Valori, Bach Track, 21 June 2016
'There are no weak links in the cast and Timothy Robinson as Arbace, Robert Murray as the High Priest and Nicholas Masters as Neptune all play their parts to the full.' Sam Smith, Classical Source, 22 June 2016
'Timothy Robinson made a vibrant and characterful Arbace... ' Robert Hugill, Planet Hugill, 24 June 2016
'Timothy Robinson’s attentive Arbace, the perfect counsellor, had one miss more than usual his aria...' Mark Bery, Opera Today, 22nd June 2016
'...Timothy Robinson's limpidly sung Arbace...' Mark Valencia, What's on Stage, 23rd June 2016
'Timothy Robinson sang with easy authority as Arbace...' Hugo Shipely, Opera, August 2016


Requiem, BBCNOW

St David's Hall

'Last but not least came Mozart’s Requiem ...boasting a quartet of soloists – Rebecca Evans, Jennifer Johnston, Timothy Robinson and Alastair Miles – who could hardly have been bettered...' Rian Evans, The Guardian, 24 January 2016



Royal Opera House

"...the experienced stagecraft of stalwarts Grant Doyle and Timothy Robinson prevents Le Dancaïre and Le Remendado from blending into the background..." Mark Valencia, What's On Stage, 20 October2015
"...Grant Doyle and Timothy Robinson made their mark as the two smugglers."

Melanie Eskenazi, Music OMH, 20 October, 2015




"... cast from the A-list, with high tenor Timothy Robinson ... as Paolina's father, Felice". Mark Valencia, whatsonstage.com, 22nd May 2015
"Superb too was the previous sextet that included... Timothy Robinson’s noble Felice, Governor of Armenia and father of Paolina". Mark Ronan, markronan.com, 22nd May 2015
The cast had no weak links, with especially rounded performances from...Timothy Robinson’s Felice.. Melanie Eskenazi, Musicomh.com, 24th May 2015


The Mastersingers of Nuremberg

English National Opera

There were some great voices amongst the Masters, most notably Timothy Robinson’s Esslinger... Melanie Eskenazi, www.musicomh.com, 8th February 2015


La finta giardiniera

Glyndebourne Touring Opera

...Timothy Robinson gets plenty of opportunity for fun as the stock Commedia dell'Arte foolish old man, and generally, the limelight is generously spread across the whole cast. David Karlin, www.bachtrack.com, 6th October 2014
...the always excellent Timothy Robinson presents a distinctly Goldonian mayor... Mark Valencia, www.whatsonstage.com, 6th October 2014
...tenor role of the Mayor sung by Timothy Robinson was an enjoyably stylised interpretation... Martyn Harrison, www.seenandheard.com, 24th October 2014
...Timothy Robinson (the pompous, amorous Mayor)...are all so good, they make you believe you are not listening to mostly second-rate Mozart. Hugh Canning, The Sunday Times, 9th November 2014


The Cunning Little Vixen

Garsington Opera

...Timothy Robinson’s plangent tenor brings out the sadness of the Schoolmaster touchingly. John Allison, The Telegraph, 26th June 2014
...excellent performances in the minor roles, especially Timothy Robinson's Schoolmaster... Guy Dammann, The Guardian, 23rd June 2014
The human characters are no less strongly cast with...Timothy Robinson as the Schoolmaster... Richard Fairman, Financial Times, 23rd June 2014
Tenor Timothy Robinson makes the perfect timid, defeated Schoolmaster... Stephen Pritchard, The Observer, 29th June 2014
The human story of the villagers - perfectly exemplified by Timothy Robinson’s touching Schoolmaster... - comes into sharp focus in the foreground. George Hall, The Stage, 23rd June 2014
...and amongst the humans Timothy Robinson's melancholy Schoolmaster was quietly heart-breaking. Katherine Cooper, What's on Stage, 24th June 2014


Serenade for Tenor Horn and Strings

BBC Philharmonic Orchestra/Gruber, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

"Timothy Robinson the ecstatic tenor, rapturously at ease with Britten's high-lying vocal writing. Bliss."

Tim Ashley, The Guardian, 14 March 2013


The Pilgrim's Progress

English National Opera

"Two experienced character ­tenors, Timothy Robinson and Colin Judson, steal their scenes as Mr By-Ends and Lord Lechery."

Hugh Canning / Sunday Times / 11 November 2012
"ENO favourites Ann Murray and Timothy Robinson twitter and titillate in the multiple leading roles."

Anna Picard / Independent on Sunday / 11 November 2012

"Wood apart, the plaudits must go to conductor Martyn Brabbins and his wonderful brass, to the chorus, and to the Protean Timothy Robinson, who lights up every scene in which he appears."

Michael Wood / The Independent / 6 November 2012
"several of ENO’s brightest young hopes – Benedict Nelson and Kitty Whately among them – complement expert old-timers such as Timothy Robinson and Ann Murray in a variety of minor roles." Rupert Christiansen / The Telegraph / 6 November 2012
"Roland Wood sings a steady but uncharismatic Pilgrim, assisted by Benedict Nelson’s Evangelist and a multiple-character tour de force by Timothy Robinson."

Andrew Clarke / Financial Times / 6 November 2012


Le Nozze di Figaro

Welsh National Opera

'Timothy Robinson's Basilio made a marked impression as he wheeled his way through the action in a sinewy and well-timed manner.'

Bethan Dudley-Fryar / Opera Brittania / 7 March 2012