Robin Leggate is one of Britain’s most versatile tenors. Since joining the Royal Opera as principal tenor, he has appeared in many notable new productions and revivals. Highlights include Otello under Carlos Kleiber, the British première of the three-act version of Lulu under Sir Colin Davis, Andrei Tarkovsky’s celebrated production of Boris Godunov under Gennadi Rozhdestvensky and the première of Verdi’s Stiffelio under Sir Edward Downes, with Mime in Das Rheingold, Peter Quint, Cassio and Caius in Falstaff for the re-opening of the Royal Opera House.
Robin Leggate has also had particular success in the Mozart repertoire, having sung all the leading lyric tenor rôles, including Tamino at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, the Châtelet Theatre in Paris, in Amsterdam and with Scottish Opera. He sang Ottavio, Ferrando and Belmonte with Scottish Opera, Opera North and Welsh National Opera. He is also established as a regular guest artist abroad and his engagements have included appearances at the Salzburg Festival, the Bastille in Paris and in two world premières, Gerhard’s La Duenna in Madrid and Barcelona and Alfred Schnittke’s Life with an Idiot with the Netherlands Opera. He has sung Khovanshchina at the Monnaie, Brussels, Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria in Lisbon, Narraboth in Salome at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and the Châtelet, Paris, his first Herod in Salome in South Africa, Strauss’s Die Liebe der Danae at Garsington and Captain Vere in Billy Budd for the Flanders Opera. His recordings include Salome under Christoph von Dohnányi and La traviata under Sir Georg Solti, with Don Carlos under Bernard Haitink. Concert appearances include Britten’s War Requiem with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Mendelssohn’s Elijah in Florence, Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis in Huddersfield, concert performances of Berg’s Lulu with the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Sir Andrew Davis and Siegmund in Die Walküre with RTE Dublin.