Robert Anthony Gardiner
British tenor Robert Anthony Gardiner was a member of the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme from 2008-10 and made his Royal Opera debut as Egoldo Mathilde di Shabran, followed by Filch The Beggar’s Opera, Count de Lerma Don Carlo, Major Domo I Der Rosenkavalier, Second Croupier The Gambler, Gastone La Traviata and Second Jew Salome. He also covered Pane Calisto, Nathanael Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Borsa Rigoletto, Steuermann Der fliegende Holländer, First Sailor Dido and Aeneas, Damon and Coridon Acis and Galatea, Ruiz Il Trovatore, Panas The Tsarina’s Slippers, Bajazet Tamerlano and Tom Rakewell The Rake’s Progress. He performed Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings during the “Meet the Young Artists Week” in the Linbury Theatre. In 2011 he returned to the Royal Opera as a guest artist to sing the role of a Lover Il Tabarro.
Elsewhere he has sung Siebel Faust (Opera North/Tallinn), Lensky (Grange Park Opera), Belmonte Die Entführung auf dem Serail (Iford Arts), Eurimaco Il ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria (Opera Frankfurt), Aubrey Maria di Rohan, Ctesippe Penelope, Strážnik in Hubička by Smetana, and Joe in Winners by Richard Wargo (Wexford Festival), Testo Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda (St Pompont), Ferrando Così fan tutte ( Ryedale Festival), and Alonze in Gretry’s L’amant jaloux, the title role in Philidor’s Blaise le savetier and Polidoro La finta semplice (Bampton Classical Opera). In 2011 took part in Scottish Opera’s Highlights Tour and sang the lead role in John Barber’s community opera We are Shadows for the Spitalfields Festival.
Concerts include Haydn’s Nelson Mass (Manchester Camerata/Douglas Boyd), Stravinsky’s Mavra (City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/Sakari Oramo), Britten’s St Nicholas (Wexford Festival Opera), Messiah (Gloucester Cathedral/Adrian Partington), St Matthew Passion (Leicester Bach Choir/Richard Laing), Zakok in Handel’s Solomon (Stour Festival), Britten’s Serenade for tenor, horn and strings (Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini/Timothy Redmond) and in April 2013 a Britten recital at the Teatro Rossini in Lugo, Italy.
Robert Anthony Gardiner studied at the Royal Northern College of Music, Frankfurt Opera School and the National Opera Studio, after gaining a BSc Honours in astrophysics at Durham University and a Certificate of Education at Manchester University. Awards include Elizabeth Harwood Memorial Prize, Wexford Festival Rosenblatt Award, Peter Moores Foundation Scholarship, Gwilym Gwalchmai Jones Award, Mario Lanza Educational Award and Middlemore Educational Foundation Award.
Recent engagements include Ywain in Birtwistle’s Gawain with the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican, and the world premiere of Tolibkhon Shakhidi’s Romance for voice and orchestra based on Shakespeare’s sonnet Devouring time at Cadogan Hall. Throughout last year he sang Don Ottavio for Diva Opera on tour in the UK and France.
“….the cast, which included Robert Anthony Gardiner and Robert Gildon, was extremely strong.” The Judgement of Paris/Bampton Classical Opera, musicomh, September 2016
“…Robert Anthony Gardiner’s authorotavive Mercury…” The Judgement of Paris/Bampton Classical Opera, Opera, October 2016
“…a smooth-voiced Mercury (Robert Anthony Gardiner)…” The Judgement of Paris/Bampton Classical Opera, Opera Today, September 2016
“An unexpected treat was Mercury’s light, dancy introduction, in which mellifluous tenor, Robert Anthony Gardiner, a notable Jette Parker alumnus all but upstaged the girls.” The Judgement of Paris/Bampton Classical Opera, Opera Now, August 2016
“Robert Anthony Gardiner….demonstrates an attractive timbre and beautiful musicality”. Don Giovanni/Diva Opera, Classic Toulouse, September 2014
“Ivan Ludlow and Robert Anthony Gardiner offered finely sung portrayals of Agravain and Ywain. There was not a weak link in the cast…” Gawain/BBC Symphony Orchestra, Boulezian Blogspot, May 2014
“Robert Anthony Gardiner’s genuinely youthful Lensky sang sensitively and with commitment…” Eugene Onegin/Grange Park Opera, Opera Magazine, August 2013
“The great discovery I would say is the young, RNCM-trained tenor Robert Anthony Gardiner (as Siébel, Marguerite’s true love), who has a lovely, even tone and a real awareness of French operatic style. Opera North should hold on to him as long as they can before he gets snapped up elsewhere.” Faust/Opera North, Manchester Theatre Awards, October 2012
“Robert Anthony Gardiner sings sweetly as a tenor Siébel.” Faust/Opera North, The Telegraph, October 2012
“Robert Anthony Gardiner was a wily, relaxed Blaise, delivering the text crisply, and projecting clearly and with pleasing tone. He made the most of his virtuoso number, enjoying a duet with himself as he supplied his wife’s responses in resplendent falsetto counterfeit.” Blaise lesavetier and L’Amant jalous/Bampton Classical Opera, Opera Today, September 2012
“Robert Anthony Gardiner as the cobbler made the most of the bravura aria..one of Philidor’s best numbers; he was also properly impulsive as Grétry’s jealous lover.” Blaise lesavetier and L’Amant jalous/Bampton Classical Opera, Opera Magazine, September 2012
“Of the three soloists, the young tenor Robert Anthony Gardiner was outstanding as Gerontius. It is well known that this role is one of the most challenging in the oratorio repertoire, but Robert had the necessary strength to fulfil it; he sang with great power and beauty of tone.” (The Dream of Gerontius/Lancashire and District Choral Society) April 2011
“As Henry Morosus, the tenor Robert Anthony Gardiner was a model of graceful assurance.” (Jette Parker Young Artists: Summer Performance) Opera Magazine, September 2010
“Amongst the smaller parts, Robert Anthony Gardiner as the Conte di Lerma really stood out. His singing, most of it terrifyingly exposed, was bright, accurate and rock-solid, and his presence aristocratically relaxed.” (Don Carlo/ROH) Intermezzo, September 2009
“….while the clean sound of tenor Robert Anthony Gardiner contains promise of a career in the lyric repertoire to come.” (Don Carlo/ROH) Classical Source, September 2009
“…sterling support work from Robert Anthony Gardiner’s Lerma…” (Don Carlo/ROH) Opera Brittania, September 2009
“Robert Anthony Gardiner sang his aria Dalla sua pace with real Mozartian elegance and is a singer to watch out for.” (JPYAP/ROH) Seen and Heard International, July 2009
“The singing, by the young artists who have taken small roles in major productions, was of a high standard, though several of these singers still lack the capacity to fill the house with their voice. Two exceptions are Pumeza Matshikiza, who is already a complete Donna Elvira, and Robert Anthony Gardiner, a full-toned Ottavio.” (JPYAP/ROH) Spectator, July 2009