Born in Colchester, Robert studied at the University of Sheffield and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama before embarking on a solo career, both on the opera stage and concert platform.
Awarded the Erich Viertheer Memorial Award at Glyndebourne in 2003, Robert went on to appear as Mr Gedge Albert Herring, Marcello La Boheme, Count Le Nozze de Figaro and Falke Die Fledermaus for Glyndebourne on Tour. Other roles include the title roles in Figaro English Touring Opera and Rigoletto Bury Court Opera; Zurga Pearl Fishers and Don Alfonso Cosi fan tutte Reisopera, Holland; Demetrius A Mid-Summer Night’s Dream and Papageno Magic Flute ETO; Ned Keene Peter Grimes at the Stadttheater, Bern; Chef Grec Les Troyens Châtelet, Paris; Ottokar Der Freischutz at the Opera Comique, Paris; Leone Tamerlano Buxton Festival; Rosmondo Gli Sposi Malcontenti Bampton Opera; Dancaïre Carmen and Schaunard La Boheme Endellion Festival. He has also performed under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Sir Mark Elder, Ed Gardner, Vladimir Jurowski and Robin Ticciati.
Recordings include Monteverdi Vespers with the OAE, Bach St John Passion; Handel Esther with Dunedin Consort; ‘Bach and Before’ Bach Players; Haydn Creation for Alte Musik/ORF; Bach St John Passion in a World Premier translation broadcast in Welsh for S4C, Purcell Dido and Aeneas (Armonico Consort) and Hawes Angel for Decca. Known for excelling in a wide range of repertoire, his performances include the World Premier of Blitz Requiem in St Paul’s Cathedral with the RPO (Classic FM); the 50th Anniversary (Gardiner) Monteverdi Vespers in Kings College, Cambridge, Barcelona and Versailles; Bach Mass in B Minor in Duomo, Pisa (Gardiner); Orff Carmina Burana in Barbican, London; Brahms Requiem in Worcester, Westminster and Coventry Cathedrals; Mozart Mass in C minor in St David’s Hall, Cardiff with Florilegium; Bach St John Passion (OAE/Polyphony) in St John’s, Smith Square; Haydn Creation in Cadogan Hall; Bach St Matthew Passion in Holland (Nieuwe Philharmonie Utrecht); Handel Messiah Perth/Adelaide, Australia and Seattle, USA; Handel Saul Jerusalem/Tel Aviv (Israel Camerata); Purcell King Arthur AMUZ, Amsterdam (Vox Luminis, NPO4) and in Pamplona and St John’s, Smith Square (Gabrieli Consort) and an Opera Gala in the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam.