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Canadian bass-baritone Robert Gleadow continues to make his mark on operatic and concert stages around the world since his time at the Jette Parker Young Artists program of the Royal Opera, Covent Garden and the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio. Mr. Gleadow’s performances at Houston Grand Opera as Talbot in Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda with Joyce DiDonato and conducted by Patrick Summers were characterized as, “never lacking conviction or genuine concern” and it was noted, “his plangent bass rang out with a sonic boom.” In the 2015/16 season, Robert Gleadow debuts at the Drottningholms Slottstheater in Sweden in the title role of Le nozze di Figaro; he later reprises this role in Paris at the Opéra Royal de Versailles. Other operatic engagements include Dr. Grenvil in La Traviata at Canadian Opera Company, the Four Villains in Offenbach’s Les contes d’Hoffmann with Oper Köln, and a return to Drottningholms Slottstheater as Leporello in Don Giovanni. Highlights of 2014/15 included a return to the Théâter des Champs-Élysées as Publio in La Clemenza di Tito, Canadian Opera Company as Don

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Canadian bass-baritone Robert Gleadow continues to make his mark on operatic and concert stages around the world since his time at the Jette Parker Young Artists program of the Royal Opera, Covent Garden and the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio. Mr. Gleadow’s performances at Houston Grand Opera as Talbot in Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda with Joyce DiDonato and conducted by Patrick Summers were characterized as, “never lacking conviction or genuine concern” and it was noted, “his plangent bass rang out with a sonic boom.”

In the 2015/16 season, Robert Gleadow debuts at the Drottningholms Slottstheater in Sweden in the title role of Le nozze di Figaro; he later reprises this role in Paris at the Opéra Royal de Versailles. Other operatic engagements include Dr. Grenvil in La Traviata at Canadian Opera Company, the Four Villains in Offenbach’s Les contes d’Hoffmann with Oper Köln, and a return to Drottningholms Slottstheater as Leporello in Don Giovanni.

Highlights of 2014/15 included a return to the Théâter des Champs-Élysées as Publio in La Clemenza di Tito, Canadian Opera Company as Don Basilio in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, as well as Pistola in Verdi’s Falstaff and the Bonze in Madama Butterfly.  Concert appearances included the Dvorak Stabat Mater with the Orchestre de chambre de Paris and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, Ontario.

Robert Gleadow’s recent operatic highlights include performances with Deutsche Opera Berlin, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées and Glyndebourne Festival as Leporello in Don Giovanni, Guglielmo in Così fan tutte for his debut at Glyndebourne Festival, and Masetto in Don Giovanni at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, available on DVD through Opus Arte. Also at Royal Opera House, Mr. Gleadow performed Talbot in Maria Stuarda, Truffaldino in John Cox’s production of Ariadne auf Naxos, and Angelotti in Tosca. At Houston Grand Opera, Robert Gleadow performed the King in Aida, and Zuniga in Carmen, Colline in La Bohème with the Teatro Municipal de Santiago in Chile and Dallas Opera, the title role in Opéra de Montréal’s Le nozze di Figaro, and Anténor in Rameau’s Dardanus with Opéra de Lille, conducted by Emmauelle Haïm. Returns to Canadian Opera Company include Guglielmo, Ein Steuermann in Peter Sellars production of Tristan und Isolde, conducted by Jiři Bělohlávek, the Sprecher in Die Zauberflöte, Colline and Theseus in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. 

Highlights of Robert Gleadow’s concert engagements include a multi-city European tour performing the role of Rocco in Beethoven’s Fidelio, conducted by Jérémie Rhorer with Le Cercle de L’harmonie in Paris and the Verbier Festival in Switzerland. The artist also performed in Paris with Natalie Dessay in J.S. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio on a European tour with the Orchestre d'Astree under the baton of Emmanuelle Haïm.  Robert Gleadow has performed Bach’s St. Matthew Passion and Mozart's Mass in c minor with the Halle Orchestra conducted by Mark Elder, the Mozart Requiem with both the Ensemble Mattheus conducted by Jean-Christophe Spinosi and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and an appearance in the star-studded gala celebrating the inauguration of the new hall at the Royal Conservatory of Music in London.

Robert Gleadow resides in Toronto with his family, and can be heard on disc as Lorenzo in Deutsche Grammophon’s I Capuleti e i Montecchi with Anna Netrebko.

 

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"Robert Gleadow never lacked conviction or genuine concern. His plangent bass rang out with a sonic boom."

D.L. Groover, Houston Press

"Robert Gleadow is a fine actor and his resonant baritone was perfect for the challenging role of Talbot."

Theodore Bale, Culture Map Houston

"...the tall, handsome young Canadian Robert Gleadow made a striking postprogramme debut as Masetto, and will surely soon be in demand as either Leporello or Don Giovanni."

Hugh Canning, Times Online

"Robert Gleadow, at 21, is already a star, going great guns in London at the Royal Opera and destined for many plum roles."

Ken Winters, The Globe and Mail