The Dutch baritone Robbert Muuse is a sought after singer for both the concert and the opera repertoire. He performed many operatic roles including Guglielmo in Mozart’s Così fan tutte
in a touring production throughout the Netherlands, Allazim in Mozart’s Zaide
performed in the Karlsruhe Festspielhaus, Le Directeur in Poulenc’s Les Mamelles de Tirésias
conducted by maestro Ed Spanjaard and Pallante in Händel’s Agrippina
, which he sang on tour through Eastern-Europe with the Combattimento Consort Amsterdam conducted by Jan Willem de Vriend. Furthermore he performed Filippo in a Dutch translation of Rossini’s La Gazzetta.
As a soloist and interpretator of baroque music Muuse has sung many oratorios and concerts. His interpretation of Bach's Matthew Passion
(arias and Jesus) has been much acclaimed. Also on his repertoire are the great oratorios and concert works, such as many cantatas by J.S. Bach, Händel’s Messiah
, Haydn’s Die Jahreszeiten
, Mendelssohn’s Elias
, the great Requiems by Mozart, Fauré and Duruflé, Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem
, Carmina Burana
by Orff, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle
and Vaughan Williams’ Five Mystical Songs
Since 2001 he has frequently worked together with the Ensemble Pierre Robert (France), an ensemble that consists generally of three solo-voices, specialised in French baroque music, and directed by Frédéric Desenclos. The repertoire includes works of Brossard, Henry Dumont, Daniel Danielis, Clérembault, M.A. Charpentier, Lully, Couperin and Pierre Robert.
Acclaimed for his skills in singing Lied, Muuse has sung many song recitals, amongst others at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, in Stuttgart, Karlsruhe, Salzburg and Paris, accompanied by the Dutch pianist Micha van Weers. Having been trained and performing together since 1994, they have gained great experience in the art of song and have won esteem for their interpretations.
It is their goal to gain new attention for particular repertoire that has not been performed for a long time, such as the so-called Entartete Musik (degenerate music), music that was banned by the Nazi-regime; the repertoire consists of an extensive list of works by many jewish composers from different countries. But they also perform great works from other composers that somehow and for no good reason have been neglected on the concert platform.
With chambermusic ensembles Muuse performed works such as Le Bal Masqué
by Poulenc, Die Wolkenpumpe
by Erwin Schulhoff, and Dover Beach
by Samuel Barber.
Invitations led to the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Cité de la Musique in Paris, Combattimento Consort Amsterdam, The Netherlands Bach Society, La Petite Bande and Ives Ensemble Amsterdam. He appeared as a guest soloist on international festivals, such as Festival de Verbier, the Early Music Festival in Utrecht, La Roque d'Anthéron and the London Lufthansa Baroque Festival.