Robert Forrest has studied at many of the United Kingdom’s leading institutions, completing his BMus(hons) at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in 2016 and subsequently an MPerf at the Royal College of Music (2018), Adv Artist Diploma at the Royal Academy Opera School (2020) and an MPhil in music studies from Girton College Cambridge (2021). As a 2018 Alvarez Young Artist at Garsington Opera he covered Flamand and sang First Servant in Capriccio receiving the 2018 Helen Clarke Award. He was a member of the Glyndebourne Opera Chorus in 2022.
He made his operatic debut in 2015 as King Kaspar in Menotti’s Amahl and the Night visitors with the Netherlands Reisopera and has gone on to sing Malcom in Verdi’s Macbeth and cover Lensky Eugene Onegin (Dorset Opera Festival), cover Peter Quint The Turn of the Screw (Garsington Opera Festival), he sang Don Curzio Le nozze di Figaro, and covered Nemorino L’elisir d’amore and Don Ottavio all with New Generation Festival Florence. While at the Royal Academy Opera School he also performed Jupiter in Handel’s Semele, Vaudemont in Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta, 1st Armed man Die Zauberflöte and Captain Ricardo in Massenet’s Cherubin.
On the concert platform he made his Wigmore Hall debut in 2020 with the Royal Academy in a performance celebrating the music of Clara Schumann. Recent concerts include Mozart C minor Mass with the English Baroque Choir, Rossini Stabat Mater with the Putney Choral Society, Dvorak Stabat Mater with the 1885 singers, Handel’s Messiah with the Dunfermline Choral Union, Bach’s Mass in B minor with the Waverly Consort and Dvorak Mass in D and Bach Magnificat with the Choir of the University of Stirling.
In March 2023 he sang Gherardo Gianni Schicchi for the European Opera Centre with the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Doningo Hindoyan, and Sir Bryn Terfel in the title role. In April 2023 he sings Rodolfo with Hurn Court Opera.
|Britten||A Midsummer Night's Dream||Lysander|
|Britten||The Turn of the Screw||Peter Quint|
|Menotti||Amahl and the Night Visitors||King Casper|
|Mozart||Don Giovanni||Don Ottavio|
|Bach||Mass in B minor|
|Dvorak||Mass in D|
|Mozart||Mass in C minor|