Production reviews (6)

10 Feb 2018
Le nozze di Figaro, Mozart,  
The Merry Opera Company1 Performances
10 February ValoriMarriage, madness and all that jazz: The Marriage of Figaro, Mozart, Merry Opera
Gemma Morsley’s waspy yet vulnerable Marcellina is an absolute delight, getting right to the heart of the role with her finely-honed mezzo (not to mention some fabulous dancing, handbag clutched and ready).
16 - 17 May 2013
The Lighthouse, Davies,PM,  
Royal Academy Opera2 Performances
Robert Thicknesse - Opera NowArthur in The Lighthouse by Peter Maxwell Davies
The jaunty violence and paranoia of the piece were really effectively brought to life in three totally confident, big performances by singers Iain Milne, Samuel Queen and Andri Björn Róbertsson. Here was real music theatre, wound as tight as a spring, full of terrifying musical and dramatic strength.
CapriccioArthur in The Lighthouse by Peter Maxwell Davies
Andri Björn Ró reveals that the true bass repertoire is well within his grasp...Again the characterisation is strong and lucid-his sententious moralising, disapproving sobriety, visionary fear of god. All three roles require surprising excursions into falsetto, and all three sounded very good here. Particularly impressive at this was the Róbertsson who brought a fully supported sound right up into the high notes which meant that they were richer and more beautifully resonant than many a counter tenor that I have heard. Maybe a second career option!?
Mark Berry - BoulezianArthur in The Lighthouse by Peter Maxwell Davies
Andri Björn Róbertsson struck Calvinistic terror into the heart as the hypocritical fundamentalist, Arthur. From the moment of saying grace, his sonorous deep bass, combined with charismatic stage presence, had one thinking of a perverted (anti-)Christ figure. His physical excitement during Blazes’ song, offered attempted release in more than one sense.
Peter Reed - Classical SourceArthur in The Lighthouse by Peter Maxwell Davies
Icelandic bass-baritone Andri Björn Róbertsson’s bible-bashing Arthur was a masterpiece of aggression and paranoia.
11 - 18 Mar 2013
Yevgeny Onegin, Tchaikovsky,P,  
Royal Academy Opera4 Performances
CapriccioGremin in Yevgeny Onegin by Tchaikovsky
Andri Björn Róbertsson's Gremin was exquisitely sung