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About Robert Swensen

Robert SwensenThe American tenor, Robert Swensen, received his undergraduate education at the University of Arizona, a Professional Studies Diploma at the Juilliard School and his graduate education at the University of Southern California. He was also mentored and closely associated with tenors Nicolai Gedda and Luciano Pavarotti.

A noted Mozart and bel-canto specialist, Robert Swensen has appeared as guest artist with major opera companies including those of Stuttgart, Teatro La Fenice in Venice, Bayreuth, the Bavarian State Opera-Munich, the Berlin State Opera, the Opera Comique-Paris, the Grande Theatre- Geneva, Santa Fe Opera, the Wexford Festival, Teatro Regio in Turin, Flemish Opera in Antwerp, and the Vienna State Opera.

He has also appeared in concert at Lincoln Center' s Mostly Mozart Festival, Hermann Prey’s Schubertiade in New York and in Vienna, with the Bavarian State Radio Orchestra, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and made his Carnegie Hall debut in the protagonist role of George Brown in Boildieu's La Dame Blanche with the Opera Orchestra of New York opposite Renée Fleming.

A successful recording artist, Robert Swensen’s extensive discography includes Samson et Dalilah and Oedipus Rex for Phillips, and Oedipus Rex for Great Performances on PBS, Schumann’s Das Paradies und die Peri for Deutsche Grammophon, the title role in Haydn's Orfeo for L'orfeo records, St. Phar in Adam's Le Postillon de Longemeau and Graf Hugo in Spohr's Faust for Capriccio records, Orff's Trionfo d'Afrodite and Mendelssohn's Elijah for EMI records and the tenor arias for J.S. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio for Teldec and J.S. Bach’s St. John Passion for RCA.

A passionate champion of song literature, Robert Swensen has recorded an album of songs by Rachmaninov, Sibelius, Grieg and Hugo Alfven, a CD of Lieder by Robert Schumann, partnered by pianist Paula Fan, and Schubert’s Winterreise with pianist Russell Miller.

Robert Swensen is also an active adjudicator, having judged the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and the Concert Artists Guild International Competition held in New York City.

Formerly on the faculties at the University of Wisconsin - Madison and the University of Arizona School of Music and Dance, Swensen currently teaches at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY.

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