Born in Chicago, Robert Bork began his studies in the US and completed them with honours in Germany. He started his career as a member of the ensemble at the opera in Cologne.
Since then, guest engagements led him to renowned houses, including the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, Palau de les Arts Valencia, Bavarian State Opera Munich, Hamburg State Opera, Teatro di San Carlo in Naples, Teatro la Fenice,Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse, Opéra du Rhin in Strasbourg, Royal Flemish Opera in Antwerp, Dutch National Opera, as well as the Concertgebouw Amsterdam.
There he worked with conductors such as Kent Nagano, Valery Gergiev, Marc Minkowski, Pinchas Steinberg, James Conlon, Axel Kober, Simone Young, Oksana Lyniv, Sebastian Weigle, Hartmut Haenchen, Ivan Fischer, Juraj Valčuha and Ingo Metzmacher.
His wide ranging repertoire covers i.a. Jochanaan/Salome, Holländer/Der fliegende Holländer, Fritz Kothner/Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Klingsor/Parsifal, Faninal/Der Rosenkavalier, Music Master/Ariadne auf Naxos, Kaspar/Der Freischütz, Masetto/Don Giovanni, Balstrode/Peter Grimes, Don Carlo/La Forza del Destino, Animal Tamer, Rodrigo, and Athlete/Lulu, Simon/Violanta, and Mephisto/Faust.
Recent highlights on the opera stage include Faninal/Der Rosenkavalier under the baton of Kent Nagano in Los Angeles, Albert/Werther und Turnage‘s Greek at Opernfestspielen Munich, Balstrode/Peter Grimes at Palau de les Arts Valencia and at Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Wotan/Die Walküre in Bari and Kassel, Klingsor/Parsifal in Turku, Widmann’s Babylon/Priest King at Concertgebouw Amsterdam under Markus Stenz, as well as Gunter in Wagner’s Ring in Amsterdam and Antwerp. Furthermore, he sang the lead role, Ben Ata, in the world premiere of Philip Glass’ Marriage of zones three, four and five.
Robert Bork is also very sought after as a concert singer. His repertoire is as versatile as his opera repertoire and ranges from the baroque to the contemporary, inclduing works such as J.S. Bach’s St Matthew Passion and Mass in b-minor, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem and Mahler’s 8th Symphony, as well as Henze’s Das Floß der Medusa.
Engagements in the season 20/21 include, among others, Kurwenal/Tristan und Isolde in Bari, as well as multiple concerts with the Orchestre du Capitole in Toulouse.