Robert Ogden

Genre: Countertenor

Artist Reviews

'Robert Ogden's beautiful countertenor...appeared to cast a gentle spell over the audience.'

Bach Cantatas, RNCM Concert Hall - Manchester Evening News

'Outstanding among highly competent soloists [was] the countertenor Robert Ogden.'

Messiah - Rippon Cathedral - The Church Times

'The countertenor Robert Ogden, from England, stole the show.'

Recital Amsterdam - De Telegraaf, Amsterdam

'Robert Ogden, the Orfeo, is a rare and exciting find, a counter-tenor without a trace of the outlandish hoot that afflicts some of his tribe - a singer who, on the contrary, makes the voice sound completely natural and who uses it intelligently and with great intensity. His long, agonizing scene with Bibi Heal's Euridice in the third act - the marvellously fluid mixture of recitative, arioso and duet that was Glück's great achievement - gripped us all.'

Orfeo, Gluck - Rydale Festival - David Cairns, Opera Magazine

'The production is enhanced by a specialist artist of the contemporary singing scene: the countertenor Robert Ogden. He sings the role of the priest's son Kreon with radiant falsetto.'

Medea, Liebermann - Stadttheater Bern, Switzerland - Der Blick, Zurich


Robert Ogden was born in Harrogate and began singing at an early age, becoming a chorister at Westminster Cathedral Choir School in London before continuing as a countertenor at King’s College, Cambridge, The Royal Northern College of Music, where he won the prestigious Curtis Gold Medal for Singing and in Amsterdam at the Netherlands Opera Studio in Amsterdam.

Described by Opera Magazine in 2007 as ‘a rare and exciting find’, Robert made his critically acclaimed debut as Kreon Medea (Rolf Liebermann) for Stadttheater Bern, Switzerland in 2001. Subsequent roles have included Andronico Tamerlano (Handel) and Antonio Gesualdo (Craig Armstrong) for Scottish Opera, Nireno Giulio Cesare (Handel) for Norwegian National Opera, Delfa Giasone (Cavalli) for Stadttheater Klagenfurt, Austria, Page Sly (Wolf-Ferrari) alongside José Carreras and Sherrill Milnes and Shepherd Tosca (Puccini) for the Washington Opera, U.S.A., the title roles in Orfeo (Glück) and Orlando (Handel) for Ryedale Festival, the covers of Oberon A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Britten) and the title role in Radamisto (Handel) for Opera North, Ptolomeo Giulio Cesare (Handel) for the Handel Opera Society and Athamus Semele (Handel) in the Teatru Manoel, Malta.

In concert Robert has performed, particularly in oratorios, all over Europe.  Recent and forthcoming engagements include recitals in the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, St John Passion in Ripon Cathedral, York Minster and Brighton Dome, Messiahs in Norway, York Minster, Durham Cathedral and Hull City Hall and a recent commission in which Robert plays a psychologist, The Rosenhan Experiment (Tim Benjamin), at the South Bank Centre and Manchester Contemporary Music Festival.  Robert has always been fascinated by the recording industry and co-founded a classical label, Landor Records in 2006, which released recordings by artists including Lawrence Zazzo, Andrew Kennedy and the CBSO.  He moved to Harrogate in 2009 to take up the position of Artistic Director of The Northern Aldborough Festival, which takes place every summer in the Vale of York.

For Oratorio Repertoire please scroll down:

Oratorio and concert rep
Composer Work
Bach J S Various Cantatas
St John Passion
Britten Rejoice in the Lamb
Handel Israel in Egypt
Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne
Monteverdi Vespers
Mozart  Coronation Mass
Orff Carmina Burana
Purcell Come Ye Sons of Art
Hail! Bright Cecilia
Welcome to all the pleasures
Vivaldi Gloria
Stabat Mater
Artist: Robert Ogden
Label: Ann Ferrier Artists
Genre: Countertenor