The Dutch baritone Robbert Muuse is a sought after singer for both the concert and the opera repertoire, as well as being a colourful recitalist.
Muuse performed many operatic roles including: the Forester in Janá?ek’s Cunning Little Vixen, Father in Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel. In 2010 he was invited to the Verbier Festival in Switzerland, to sing 1er Soldat in Richard Strauss’ opera Salome, conducted by maestro Valery Gergiev. He sang Guglielmo in Mozart’s Così fan tutte in a touring production throughout the Netherlands, Allazim in Mozart’s Zaide performed in the Karlsruhe Festspielhaus (Germany); Malatesta in Don Pasquale by Donizetti, Dr. Falke in Die Fledermaus, Silvio in Leoncavallo’s I Pagliacci, Le Directeur in Poulenc’s Les Mamelles de Tirésias conducted by maestro Ed Spanjaard, Escamillo in La Tragédie de Carmen, Aeneas in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, Protée and Épaphus in Phaéton by J.B. Lully, and Pallante in Händel’s Agrippina, which he sang on tour through Eastern-Europe with the Combattimento Consort Amsterdam conducted by Jan-Willem de Vriend. From Benjamin Britten he sang the role of Sid in Albert Herring, conducted by Urban Malmberg and staged by renowned director Guy Joosten, and Noah in Noye’s Fludde. Furthermore he performed Filippo in a Dutch translation of Rossini’s La Gazzetta with present Cologne’s Kapellmeister Enrico Delamboye and directors Saskia Boddeke and Peter Greenaway.
As a soloist and interpretator of baroque music he has sung many oratorios and concerts. His interpretation of Bach Matthew’s Passion (arias and Jesus) has been much acclaimed. Also on his repertoire are the great oratorios and concertworks, such as many cantatas and Weihnachtsoratorium by J.S. Bach, Händel’s Belshazzar and Messiah, Haydn’s Die Schöpfung and Die Jahreszeiten, Mendelssohn’s Paulus and Elias, the great Requiems by Mozart, Fauré and Duruflé, Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem, Carmina Burana by Orff, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle and Vaughan Williams’ Five Mystical Songs.
Since 2001 he has frequently worked together with the Ensemble Pierre Robert (France), an ensemble that consists generally of three solo-voices, specialised in French baroque music, and directed by Frédéric Desenclos. The repertoire includes works of Brossard, Henry Dumont, Daniel Danielis, Clérembault, M.A. Charpentier, Lully, Couperin and Pierre Robert.
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