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APO announces artist change for The Trusts Community Foundation Opera in Concert Mozart’s Don Giovanni

Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra has announced a cast change to the Trusts Community Foundation Opera in Concert, Mozart’s Don Giovanni taking place on Friday 19 July at Auckland Town Hall.

The APO has enlisted Canadian bass-baritone Robert Gleadow to perform the role of Leporello. Gleadow will be making his Auckland debut and he brings a wealth of experience to the role, having performed the same role at some of the finest opera houses in the world, including Vienna Staatsoper and Deutsche Oper Berlin.   

Gleadow will be replacing Jonathan Lemalu, who has regrettably had to cancel in order to accept a season of performances at the Salzburg Festival. We wish Jonathan well as he represents New Zealand at this highly prestigious international music festival and we look forward to welcoming him to perform with the APO in the future.

About Robert Gleadow

Canadian bass-baritone Robert Gleadow continues to make his mark on operatic and concert stages around the world since his graduation from the Jette Parker Young Artists program of the Royal Opera Covent Garden and the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio. 

Highlights of the 2018/19 season include Basilio in The Barber of Seville at Musikfest Bremen with Le Cercle de l’Harmonie; the four-part role of Lindorf, Coppélius, Miracle, and Dapertutto in Tales of Hoffmann also at Musikfest Bremen; Voce di Lucifero in Il Primo Omicidio at Opéra National de Paris; Dvorak’s Stabat Mater with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra; and Haydn’s The Creation as well as Handel’s Messiah under the baton of Manfred Honeck with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. 

Gleadow’s operatic highlights include performances with the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées as Leporello in Don Giovanni, a debut at Glyndebourne Opera as Guglielmo in Così Fan Tutte, Angelotti in Tosca with Houston Grand Opera, the title role in Opéra de Montréal’s The Marriage of Figaro and Colline in La bohème at the Teatro Municipal in Santiago, Chile. 

Notable appearances on the concert stage include a performance in Paris alongside Natalie Dessay in J.S. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, a European tour with the Orchestre d’Astree under the baton of Emmanuelle Haïm, St. Matthew Passion and Mozart’s Mass in C-minor with the Halle Orchestra conducted by Mark Elder, the Mozart Requiem with both the Ensemble Mattheus conducted by Jean-Christophe Spinosi and Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

The Trusts Community Foundation Opera in Concert: Mozart’s Don Giovanni

7.30pm, Friday 19 July 2019
Auckland Town Hall




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