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ROBERT BRUBAKER

Tenor Robert Brubaker was born in Mannheim, Pennsylvania and studied at the Hartt College of Music in Hartford, Connecticut. Shortly after graduation he joined the New York City Opera, where he advanced from being a baritone in the chorus to become one of the company’s leading tenors, appearing at Lincoln Center and on tour in such rôles as Rodolfo in La Bohème, Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, the Duke in Rigoletto, Alfred in Die Fledermaus, Alfredo in La Traviata, and Cavaradossi in Tosca. Since then he has gone on to sing at some of the world’s leading opera houses. In 1992 he made his Metropolitan début as one of the Mastersingers in Die Meistersinger, and two years later he made his European début at the Rome Opera in the title rôle of Zemlinsky’s Der Zwerg (The Dwarf). Brubaker’s first appearance at the English National Opera in London was in 1995—in Kurt Weill’s Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny—and in 1999 he sang his first Peter Grimes there to great acclaim. In 2000 he débuted with the Opéra de Paris-Bastille as Pierre in Prokoflev’s War and Peace. His numerous other appearances have included Peter Grimes, The Makropulos Case, and Busoni’s Dr. Faust at the Met; Janáček’s From the House of the Dead and John Adams’s Nixon in China at the English National Opera; and Der Zwerg and Khovanshchina in Paris. In 2002 he made his Salzburg Festival début in the title rôle of Zemlinsky’s König Kandaules. Brubaker has also sung at the Houston Grand Opera; the Washington, Seattle, Vancouver, Canadian (Toronto), and New Israeli (Tel Aviv) operas; and at Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival. During the 1980’s he sang with the New York-based Jewish male-voice choir Schola Hebraeica, and as a chorister for traditional High Holy Day services. He points to the influence of those cantorial renditions on his own vocal development and his spiritual approach, and he often credits the emotional impact of that experience with informing his interpretation of sacred music in general.


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