Robert Holl won the First Prize at the International Vocal Competition ‘s-Hertogenbosch in 1971 and continued his studies with Hans Hotter in Munich. In 1972, he was awarded the First Prize at the ARD Music Competition.
From 1973 to 1975, Robert Holl was a member of the Bavarian State Opera in Munich. Since the late 1980s, he has been a regular guest at the Vienna State Opera, the Brussels and Zurich Opera Houses, the Staatsoper Unter den Linden and the Deutsche Oper Berlin as well as at the Cologne Opera – mostly in the main Wagnerian roles. His performances as Hans Sachs, Gurnemanz and King Marke at the Bayreuther Festspiele are legendary.
An internationally sought-after bass-baritone, Robert Holl has worked with the most renowned conductors and orchestras in Europe, the USA and Japan. But before all, he is one of the most important lied singers of our time, with a special interest in the German and Russian lied repertoires.
Robert Holl has contributed to major international festivals, such as the Moscow Winter Festival, the Tours Festival and the Schubertiades in the Netherlands and in Austria. Numerous recordings show his versatility, and his compositions – songs and piano works – have been published in print and on CD.
Since 1998, Robert Holl is a professor for Art Song and Oratorio at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. He is regularly invited by renowned singing competitions as jury member, such as the International Tchaikovsky Competition, the ARD International Music Competition in Munich, the Hugo Wolf Lied Competition in Stuttgart, the Mirjam Helin International Singing Competition in Helsinki and the International Singing Competition Harbin.
In Austria Robert Holl was awarded the title Kammersänger and the Cross of Honor for Arts and Science. In 1997, he became honorary member of the Society of Music Lovers in Vienna. In his native country he is Ridder in de Orde van de Nederlandse Leeuw since 2007.
Participation generously supported by Marcel & Helen Dutil.
Photo : Benjamin Ealoveg