About

British lyric-coloratura soprano Robyn Allegra Parton is described by Opera magazine as ‘stylish, dynamic and irresistible’, and ‘Captivating. Astonishing. Overwhelming.’ by Opernwelt.

Robyn Allegra Parton made her operatic debut at the Royal Opera House, London, as Barbarina in Le Nozze di Figaro. As a lyric-coloratura soprano, she has since returned to the Royal Opera, and performed throughout Europe, including at Teatro di San Carlo Naples, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Opéra National du Rhin, Folkoperan Stockholm, Glyndebourne Festival, Longborough Festival, Istanbul Music Festival, Bayreuth’s Gluck Festspiel, and the Innsbruck Festival for Early Music. 

In the 2023/2024 season, Robyn continues to perform as a member of the solo-ensemble at Theater Münster in Germany. She will also return to the Royal Opera House to cover the role of Gilda in Rigoletto in London and on tour to Japan, and she will debut the role of Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor for IF Opera in England.

2024/2025 brings concert performances of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, as well as role debuts as Musetta, Vixen, and Isifile in Cavalli’s Giasone, and Micaela in a revival of Carmen, all for Theater Münster. In October 2024, Robyn will make her house debut at English National Opera with the role of Gilda in Rigoletto.

Her roles include Violetta, Gilda, Lucia, Micaëla, Adina, Lauretta, Musetta, Vixen, Donna Anna, Konstanze, and Zerbinetta. Lesser known works have included Medea (Pacini), Amalia (I Briganti – Mercadante). Astarte (Schmied von Gent – Schreker), and Thamar (Leben des Orest – Krenek).

Comtemporary roles include the title role in Coraline by Mark-Anthony Turnage for Royal Opera: Linbury and Folkoperan Stockholm for which she was awarded the Friends of Folkoperan Stockholm’s 2021 Soloist Award, Jen in Philip Venables’ 4.48 Psychosis at the Opèra National du Rhin and Philharmonie de Paris, Agnes in Nothing by David Bruce for Glyndebourne Festival Opera, the Narrator in The Sea-Crossed Fisherman by Michael Ellison for the Istanbul Music Festival, Peg in Matt Roger’s The Virtue of Things for Royal Opera: Linbury, Covent Garden, Victoria in Jules Maxwell’s The Lost Thing for Royal Opera: Linbury, Rita in Great Open Eyes by Manuel Zwerger for Theater Münster, and a vocal ensemble role in Heart Chamber by Chaya Czernowin for Deutsche Oper Berlin. 

As a concert artist Robyn has performed with ensembles including the Leipzig Gewandhaus, Gustav Mahler Chamber Orchestra, London Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, English Baroque Soloists, Scottish Chamber Orchestra,  Luxembourg Philharmonie and the Royal Oman Symphony Orchestra.

Robyn has recorded Charpentier’s Caecilia Virgo et Martyr for Novum, songs by Stephen Dodgson for Toccata Classics, and the roles of Alice and Lucy in Margaret Catchpole by Stephen Dodgson for Naxos. Her debut solo album ‘Burnished Gold’ featuring songs from the Viennese Art Nouveau recorded with pianist Simon Lepper and Orchid Classics entered the UK Specialist Classical Chart at No. 9 to high critical acclaim.

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Medea, Giovanni Pacini, Theater für Niedersachsen, March 2022

“Robyn Allegra Parton is sensational in the title role. The young Briton, who has already appeared in small roles at the ROH and belongs now to the ensemble of the TFN, is an overwhelming Medea, who finds the right expression for her despair and her vengeance and arouses our compassion. A great career is surely in store for this fine artist.”

Jürgen Gahre
Opera Now May 2022

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Violetta, La Traviata, Giuseppe Verdi, Theater für Niedersachsen, June 2021

“Robyn Allegra Parton, since the start of this season member of the ensemble of the Theatre for Lower Saxony, is Violetta one and Violetta two (as well as the private British soprano herself, Robyn Allegra Parton, who looks gravely into the camera through video projection). And she’s quite amazing. Captivating. Astonishing. Overwhelming. Not only vocally, which in itself is a tour de force, since the orchestra sound comes from speakers (the choir and orchestra, previously recorded separately in the rehearsal hall under the direction of GMD Florian Ziemen, are played with a time delay during the evening), but also and above all in terms of performance. We see a seductress of high grace whirling across designer Telse Hand’s stage garnished with movable blocks; a woman who conveys with bursting vitality and credibility just about all the emotional states to which her two wayward identities are exposed. This Violetta is strong, stubborn, unruly; where necessary she shows her claws and the male world its limits. But that is only one side. Whenever she sits down (and literally so) at the edge of the pit or steps up to the piano to accompany herself, we experience her highly injured, tender, melancholic nature, which so obviously suffers; and this suffering – not only in the F minor andantino “Ah fors’ è lui” – is dressed in the most precious pianissimo tones.”

Jürgen Otten
Opernwelt August 2021

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Zerbinetta, Ariadne auf Naxos, Richard Strauss, Longborough Festival Opera, July 2018
“The singers are out of the ordinary: Robyn Allegra Parton as Zerbinetta, every note in place.”

Hugh Canning
The Sunday Times

“sweetly, seductively brilliant”

Richard Bratby
The Spectator

“Zerbinetta’s “Grossmächtige Prinzessin” is so stunningly dispatched by Robyn Allegra Parton
that one wouldn’t shorten it by a single quaver”

Stephen Walsh
The Arts Desk

Media

Schedule

2023/2024

Theater Münster

Münster, Deutschland

Opera Gala (Mimi, Juliette, Marguerite)
Sep 2023: 24
Oct 2023: 29
Nov 2023 : 04

Astarte, Der Schmied von Gent,
Franz Schreker
Oct 2023: 21, 31
Nov 2023: 03, 08, 26
Dec 2023: 21
Jan 2024: 13, 19

Gilda, Rigoletto, Giuseppe Verdi
Dec 2023: 09, 19, 27
Jan 2024: 12
Feb 2024: 08

Micaela, Carmen, Bizet
Jan 2024: 27
Feb 2024: 03, 28
Mar 2024: 03, 09, 27
Apr 2024: 04, 11, 19

Amelite, Zoroastre, Rameau
Mar 2024: 23, 26
Apr 2024: 13, 24, 28
May 2024: 10
Jun 2024: 02, 16

2023

 Royal Opera House
Covent Garden

 

Gilda, Rigoletto, Verdi
(Understudy / Cover)

Nov 2023: 13, 16, 20, 23, 28

2024

 Markgräflichesopernhaus
Bayreuth 

 

Servilia, La Clemenza di Tito, Gluck

May 2024: 09

2024

 Royal Opera House
Covent Garden
Japan

 

Gilda, Rigoletto, Verdi
(Understudy / Cover)

Jun 2024: 22, 25, 28, 30

2024

 IF Opera
Belcombe Court
BA15 1LZ

 

Lucia, Lucia di Lammermoor, Donizetti

Aug 2024: 23, 27, 29, 31

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“The silvery quality of her voice coupled with the reach and seductiveness of its coloratura facility potentially lends itself to music centuries apart. There is, too, a curiosity, an inquisitiveness, in her response to these songs – why the notes are where they are in the first place and how they serve and communicate the poetry.”

Review: Burnished Gold

Edward Seckerson

 

Gramophone

Recordings

Charpentier: Music Sacree

Choir of New College Oxford, Oxford Baroque, Edward Higginbottom

   

Dodgson: Three Winter Songs

Libby Burgess, James Turnbull, Robyn Allegra Parton, Toccata Classics

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Burnished Gold

Robyn Allegra Parton, Simon Lepper

 

AGENT

Robyn is represented by Isabella Pitman at  IMG Artists
ipitman@imgartists.com

Photography by Victoria Cadisch

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