Robert Hayward studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the National Opera Studio and made his professional opera debut singing the title role in Don Giovanni for Glyndebourne Touring Opera in 1986.
Since then he has performed at the Royal Opera House, English National Opera, Bayerische Staatsoper Munich, Frankfurt Opera, Welsh National Opera, Opera North, Scottish Opera, Glyndebourne Festival and Touring Opera, Houston Grand Opera, New Israeli Opera, and Minnesota Opera in a wide repertoire including Wotan and the Wanderer in the Ring, Amfortas/Parsifal, Jokanaan/Salome, Figaro and Count Almaviva/Le Nozze di Figaro, the title roles in Eugene Onegin, Don Giovanni, Mazeppa, Der fliegende Holländer, Falstaff and Macbeth; Iago/Otello, Ford/Falstaff, Scarpia/Tosca, Marcello/La bohème, Escamillo/Carmen, Tomsky/The Queen of Spades, Nick Shadow/The Rake’s Progress, Mandryka/Arabella, Golaud/Pelleas et Melisande, Kurwenal/Tristan, Prince Ivan Khovansky/Khovanshchina, Simone in Zemlinsky’s Florentine Tragedy and Telramund/Lohengrin.
He has appeared with many of this country’s leading orchestras including the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, the Hallé, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, and BBC Philharmonic.
Recent and forthcoming operatic engagements include Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk for English National Opera, Fidelio, From the House of the Dead and Khovanschina for Welsh National Opera, From the House of the Dead, The Makropulous Case, Peter Grimes and Salome for Opera North, The Makropulous Case for Opera de Nantes, Salome with Opéra de Montréal, Il Prigioniero, the title role in Bluebeard’s Castle and Telramund / Lohengrin for Frankfurt Opera, Damnation of Faust for Staatstheater Stuttgart, Bluebeard’s Castle and Tonio / Pagliacci for Scottish Opera, and the title role in Mazeppa and Moses / Moses und Aron both for the Komische Oper Berlin. Concert appearances include performances with London Philharmonic Orchestra and Vladimir Jurowski, the Orquesta Sinfonica Castilla y Leon, Cambridge University Music Society with Sir Mark Elder.