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Robert Crowe

Born in Hartlepool with family from Wick and the Rhondda, Robert was educated in the Eastern Transvaal South Africa. He now lives in the beautiful Perthshire Village of Dunning. He first studied singing in Pretoria with Albrecht Lewald from Munich and sang with the South African Broadcasting Corporation as a soloist on Radio. He also taught singing at the African School in Qatemma Township in the Transvaal. He was awarded a scholarship to study at The Guidhall School of Music and Drama with Vilem Tausky. After leaving college he continued his studies with Neilson Taylor, Eduardo Asquez and Myra Ross.

His British debut was with D'Oyly Carte at Sadler's Wells singing Frederick in Pirates. Robert has sung as a soloist with the BBC, Scottish Opera, RSNO, NYOS and the Vivaldi Concertante. The Barbican, St Martins in the Field and the Royal Festival Hall are among the many venues at which he has appeared as a soloist. During 1987 while singing the part of Turiddu in Cavalleria Rusticana in Epsom London he was asked to help out Edinburgh Grand and had to learn the part of Arnaldo in William Tell over two weeks before taking over the role. In 1989 Robert sang the part of Narraboth in Salome for The South African Opera Company NAPAC Durban which he learnt also at very short notice. He won the best visiting singer award at Wexford Festival Opera in 1991.

Parts and covers with Scottish Opera include Bob Bowles in Peter Grimes, Gaston in La Traviata, Zorn in Die Meistersinger with Alexander Gibson, the Drum Major in Wozzeck with Simon Rattle and the Landlord in Rosenkavalier..

He has sung a number of small parts in the Edinburgh Festival with Scottish Opera at the Kings Theatre and the Edinburgh Festival Theatre. He also sang in The Hanover Opera controversial production of II Trovatore with one day's notice at the Festival.

Other parts include the Dancing Master in Manon Lescaut, Calaf in Turandot, Andrea in Chenier, Canio in Pagliacci, Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly at Holland Park and on tour in Scotland with Albany Opera, Cavaradossi in Tosca, Nemorino in L'Elisir d'Amore, Radames in Aida, Ismaele in Nabucco, Don Jose in Carmen and Arnaldo in William Tell.

Church Music and Concerts: include Verdi's Requiem, Dvorak's Mass in D, Puccini's Messa di Gloria, Haydn's Creation, Elgar's Dream of Gerontius, Handel's Samson and Messiah, Mendelssohn's Hymn of Praise, Finzi's Intimations of Immortality and the Messe Solennelle with the Kodaly Choir. He recently sang as the tenor soloist with the RSNO in the Verdi Requiem in the Choir Festival at Paisley Abbey.

Over the past number of years Robert has organised concerts for R3 Tenors and Quantavoce in theatres, halls and music clubs throughout Scotland, the North of England and the Isle of Man.

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