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, Commendant and Shishkov/ From the House of the Dead and Ivan Khovanksy for Welsh National Opera, Baron Prus / The Makropulous Case, Balstrode / Peter Grimes, Jokannen, Scarpia and Frank Maurrant / Street Scene for Opera North, Baron Prus for Opera de Nantes, Vodnik / Rusalka for Garsington Opera, Jokannen with Opéra de Montréal, the title roles in Il Prigioniero and Bluebeard’s Castle as well as Telramund for Frankfurt Opera, Mephistopheles / Damnation of Faust for Staatstheater Stuttgart, Bluebeard’s Castle and Tonio / Pagliacci for Scottish Opera, the title role in Falstaff for The Grange Festival and the title role in Mazeppa and Moses / Moses und Aron both for the Komische Oper Berlin. Concert appearances include concert performances of the complete Ring Cycle (Alberich) with London Philharmonic Orchestra and Vladimir Jurowski, the Orquesta Sinfonica Castilla y Leon, Cambridge University Music Society and National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain with Sir Mark Elder.