Baritone Robbert Muuse studied with Mya Besselink in Maastricht and at the Opera school of Karlsruhe with Donald Litaker. Furthermore, he studied lied with Konrad Richter in Stuttgart, Hartmut Höll in Salzburg and Julius Drake in London. He participated in many master classes with Sir Thomas Allen, Barbara Bonney, Robert Holl, Hilde Zadek en Graham Johnson, among others. Furthermore, he was coached by Helmuth Kolvenbach, Jard van Nes and Gerald Finley. Robbert Muuse won several prizes, among others the MeesPierson Award 2004 in the series ‘Jonge Nederlanders’ at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.
Since 1994 Robbert Muuse forms a lied duo with pianist Micha van Weers. Together they gave many recitals in the Concertgebouw of Amsterdam, in Stuttgart, Karlsruhe, Salzburg and Paris, among others. In 2011 their CD Songs of Quest and Inspiration was brought out, with songs of Cyril Scott and Ralph Vaughan Williams.
Robbert Muuse is highly demanded concert soloist. He performed dozens of roles in operas. He sung the 1er Soldat in Richard Strauss’ Salome, conducted by Valery Gergiev at the Verbier Festival (Switzerland). Furthermore, he sung Aeneas (Purcell), Malatesta in Don Pasquale, Allazim in Mozart’s Zaide and Guglielmo in Così fan tutte, Falke in Die Fledermaus, Sid in Albert Herring (Britten), Le Directeur in Les Mamelles de Tirésias (Poulenc), Escamillo in La Tragédie de Carmen, and several roles in other operas by Handel, Purcell, Rossini, Leoncavallo and Britten. As part of the Dutch Festival Classique he performed in 2014 the children’s opera Brundibár, written by Hans Krása in a concentration camp during WO II.
As soloist he worked together with a large number of orchestras and ensembles, examples are the Combattimento Consort Amsterdam, HET Symfonieorkest, Het Gelders Orkest (Mahler songs), philharmonie zuidnederland, Ensemble Pierre Robert (France), Southbank Sinfonia (London) and the Ives Ensemble. He worked with the conductors like Jan Willem de Vriend, Paul Goodwin, Christoph Poppen, Kynan Johns, Jurjen Hempel, Enrico Delamboye, Jos van Veldhoven, Ed Spanjaard and Matthew Halls.
As soloist he performed in the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Utrecht Early
Music Festival, Verbier Festival (Switzerland), St John’s Smith Square in
London, York, Stuttgart, Festspielhaus Karlsruhe, Salzburg and the Cité de la
Musique in Paris, Israel, Riga and Miami.
In 2016 he recorded with pianist Micha van Weers the CD Alle Lust will Ewigkeit with songs by Julius
Röntgen (Challenge Records). Next season they will present several recital
programs. Besides that Robbert Muuse will sing several oratorios.