Canadian bass-baritone Robert Gleadow continues to make his mark on operatic and concert stages around the world since his graduation from 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 alongside Joyce DiDonato and under the baton of Patrick Summers were characterized as “never lacking conviction or genuine concern” and it was noted that “his plangent bass rang out with a sonic boom.”
Highlights of the 2018/19 season include Basilio in Il barbiere di Siviglia at Musikfest Bremen with Le Cercle de l’Harmonie; the four-part role of Lindorf, Coppélius, Miracle, and Dapertutto in Les Contes d’Hoffmann also at Musikfest Bremen; Voce di Lucifero in Il Primo Omicidio at Opéra National de Paris; Dvorak’s Stabat Mater with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra; and Haydn’s The Creation as well as Handel’s Messiah under the baton of Manfred Honeck with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.
Mr Gleadow’s operatic roles in 2017/18 included Leporello in Don Giovanni at Musikfest Bremen with Le Cercle de l’Harmonie, at the Vienna State Opera and at Deutches Oper Berlin, Basilio in The Barber of Saville and Alidoro in La Cenerentola at Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, a European tour of Armida with Kammerorchester Basel and a collaboration with Les Musiciens du Louvre with performances as Guglielmo in Cosi Fan Tutte in Bucharest, Versailles and Grenoble.Read more
Gleadow’s operatic highlights include performances with Theater Basel in the title role of Don Giovanni, the title role in Le Nozze di Figaro at Oper Köln, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées as Leporello in Don Giovanni, Leporello in the Deutsche Oper Berlin’s production of Don Giovanni; a debut at Glyndebourne Opera as Guglielmo in Così Fan Tutte along with a return to the company as Leporello in a tour of Don Giovanni, Don Giovanni at the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden, Talbot in Maria Stuarda, Truffaldino in John Cox’s production Ariadne auf Naxos, and Angelotti in Tosca with Houston Grand Opera, Colline with Dallas Opera, the title role in Opéra de Montréal’s Le nozze di Figaro, Colline at the Teatro Municipal in Santiago, Chile, the Sprecher in Die Zauberflöte, Colline in La Bohème, Theseus in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Notable appearances on the concert stage include a performance in Paris alongside Natalie Dessay in J.S. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, a European tour with the Orchestre d’Astree under the baton of Emmanuelle Haïm, 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 Baltimore Symphony Orchetra, and an appearance in the star-studded gala celebrating the inauguration of the new hall at the Royal Conservatory of Music.
On recording, Gleadow can be heard as Lorenzo in Deutsche Grammophon’s Capuleti e Montecchi with Anna Netrebko.
“Robert Gleadow never lacked conviction or genuine concern. His plangent bass rang out with a sonic boom.”D.L. Groover
“Robert Gleadow is a fine actor and his resonant baritone was perfect for the challenging role of Talbot.”Theodore Bale
“But there was another star in the room, Robert Gleadow’s Leporello was wild, wily, bewildered and utterly bewitching. A bass-baritone of considerable expressive ability but also the stage presence of a world-class actor. From his Catalogue ariaMadamina, il Catalogo è questo as he swiped through the 1,003 women listed on his smartphone, to the delight and horror of leading Donna Elvira astray, Gleadow was so utterly made for the role, it was as if Mozart penned it for him.”
Clare Martin, Radio 13 Jul 19th 2019
“Robert Gleadow never lacked conviction or genuine concern. His plangent bass rang out with a sonic boom.”
“Robert Gleadow is a fine actor and his resonant baritone was perfect for the challenging role of Talbot.”
“…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.”
“Robert Gleadow, at 21, is already a star, going great guns in London at the Royal Opera and destined for many plum roles.”