31 October 2012 at 4.15pm | 2 Comments
The Royal Opera are deeply saddened to hear of the death of British baritone Robert Poulton, who was tragically killed in a car accident late last night.
Robert made his debut with The Royal Opera in the role of Sciarrone in Tosca in September 2000 and his recent roles for The Royal Opera included Baron Douphol in La traviata and Marco in Gianni Schicchi last Season.
Antonio Pappano, Music Director, The Royal Opera said:
"Together with the whole ROH family I express my shock and sadness at the news of baritone Robert Poulton's death due to a car accident. He was a wonderful colleague blessed with a superb voice. He and I recently worked together in Puccini's Gianni Schicchi, where we laughed all day long, and in Golden Story, a Shakespeare music and drama event at which he sang a compelling Macbeth. Our sincere condolences to his entire family for this most tragic loss.”
Robert studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the National Opera Studio. His performances away from Covent Garden included Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro (English National Opera), Rigoletto (Opera Holland Park), Scarpia in Tosca (Scottish Opera), the title role in Falstaff (Welsh National Opera), Forester in The Cunning Little Vixen (Grange Park Opera) and Ortel in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Glyndebourne Festival). He also created roles in operas by composers including Judith Weir and David Sawer.
At the time of his death, Robert Poulton was due to sing the role of Gamekeeper in Rusalka at Norwich Theatre Royal as part of Glyndebourne’s 2012 Tour