This song evening sets the poet's love a special contrast: Heinrich Heine faces here none other than Cervantes, as Don Quixote enters the stage in the two short cycles of Ravel and Ibert. The whole is rounded off by another song cycle, in which the Baselbiet-based composer Balz Trümpy sets works by Giuseppe Ungaretti to music - a musical evening of world literature.
Robert Koller from Basel sang, among others, as bass soloist in Handel's "Siroe, Re di Persia" at the Musikhalle Hamburg and Zellerbach Hall/San Francisco with the Venice Baroque Orchestra under Andrea Marcon as well as at the Styriarte Graz under Jordi Savall.
This was followed by leading roles and orchestral recitals at the Cervantino Festival Mexico, Gaida Festival Vilnius, Davos Festival, Società del Quartetto Milano, Cantiere Internazionale Montepulciano, Acht Brücken Festival Köln, Teatro Colon Buenos Aires and at the Philharmonie Kiev.
In 2012, the Semperoper Dresden engaged him for the title role in "El Cimarron". In 2013 he was heard at the Ittinger Pfingsttage and in 2014 at the Alte Oper Frankfurt as soloist under Heinz Holliger.
In 2015 he performed the bass solo in Beethoven's Ninth at the Berlin Philharmonie and the Aichi Arts Center (Japan), then in "Dunkle Spiegel" at the Goldberg Variationen Festival at the Alte Oper Frankfurt, in 2016 the leading role in the opera "Künstliche Mutter" at the Lucerne Festival and then the solo parts in Mendelssohn's Walpurgisnacht with the Tonhalle Orchester Zurich and the solo part in "Sombre" (Saariaho) at the Schwetzingen SWR Festival.
In 2017 he sang Noah in "Noahs Fludde" by Britten with the Basel Symphony Orchestra, the 9th Beethoven at the Kulturcasino Bern and the leading role in "Luthers Träume" with the Brandenburg State Orchestra.
In 2018, he performed works by Mendelssohn, Bruch and Schumann as solo baritone with the Basel Symphony Orchestra, followed by Beethoven's Ninth in Toyota City and Puccini's Messa di Gloria at the Tonhalle St. Gallen, as well as in 2019
Haydn's Creation with the Basel Chamber Orchestra and Honegger's "danse des morts" with the Jena Philharmonic, Elijah at the Kulturcasino Bern and in 2020 the "Knaben Wunderhorn" (Mahler/Vassena) at the Ernest Ansermet Radio Studio Geneva, El Cimarron at the Sendesaal Bremen and the memorial concert for Hans Heinz Schneeberger with Heinz Holliger the following year he will perform the bass solo part in Dvorak's Stabat Mater with the Musikkollegium Winterthur.
Performing artists: Robert Koller / Riccardo Bovino
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