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Robert Lewis, originally from Llanfyllin in Mid Wales, has a strong, robust tenor voice, which is very impressive in a singer so young. He graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama's B.Mus Vocal Studies Course taught by Adrian Thompson, and recently their prestigious Opera Course. 


Welsh tenor Robert Lewis is a graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London and is currently completing their celebrated Opera Course, under the tutelage of Adrian Thompson. Robert is very grateful for generous financial support received from the Worshipful Company of Tobacconist and Pipe makers, Help Musicians UK Fund, the Sybil Tutton Award and the Ryan Davies Memorial Fund. In September 2017, Robert attended the International Mendelssohn Academy in Leipzig, where he worked with Peter Schreier.

Last summer, Robert was a Jerwood Young Artist with Glyndebourne Festival Opera and he returned recently for their autumn tour where he covered the role of Jaquino and performed the role of First Prisoner in Fidelio. This spring, he will be making his company debut with English Touring Opera performing the role of Astrologer in Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Golden Cockrell and covering Rodolfo in La Boheme.  In 2019, Robert made his role debut as Nemorino in L'elisir d'Amore at Belcombe Court, Bradford on Avon for Iford Arts. He also performed the roles of Ismael and Pentacostalist Leader in The Angel Esmerelda by Lliam Paterson at the GSMD.  

Other engagements include the role of Flute in Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream for the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Summer 2018 saw him perform the role of Tamino in a school performance of Die Zauberflöte with Garsington Opera and covering the role on the main stage. He also covered the roles of Diener 1 & Diener 3 in Strauss' Capriccio at the Festival. In 2017, he performed in the world-premiere of Belongings - a dramatic song cycle for tenor and cello by composer Samuel Bordoli and librettist Bill Bankes-Jones, a co-commission by Tête à Tête and ‘Sound’ performed on the Caledonian Sleeper Train, the Deeside railway and in public spaces and foyers around King’s Cross throughout Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival. He subsequently reprised this role for Fat Lady Opera and Sparked Echo in Folkestone. Other roles include Alfred in Die Fledermaus for Winterbourne Opera. In 2013, he joined the cast of the Welsh National Youth Opera's Centenary production of Benjamin Britten's Paul Bunyan and returned to Welsh National Opera in 2015 as a tenor member of an eight-part ensemble in their production of the Welsh opera Gair ar Gnawd by Pwyll ap Sion. He has also performed with the Welsh language Opera Company, Opra Cymru. In 2018, Robert performed the tenor solo in the world premiere of Rebecca Dale’s Materna Requiem with Welsh National Opera, New Sinfonia and Festival Community Chorus at the North Wales International Music Festival.

In 2016, Robert won the prestigious W. Towyn Roberts Scholarship at the National Eisteddfod of Wales and is one of the youngest singers to have won the award. Previous competition successes include the 2015 Osborne Roberts Blue Riband Scholarship at the National Eisteddfod of Wales, being again one of the youngest recipients to date. He was also the winner of the David Lloyd and Jean Skidmore Prize for the most outstanding tenor in the 19 to 25-year-old category.

Robert is a familiar face on Welsh Television, with recent appearances including a solo performance on ‘Dechrau Canu Dechrau Canmol’ and a concert featuring Ten Welsh Tenors. As part of the Osborne Roberts Scholarship prize Robert performed as a soloist at the North American Festival of Wales held in Calgary, Canada in September 2016. Robert was also a soloist at the Grenfell Tower Benefit Concert at London’s Cadogan Hall.


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DateDetails
26/02/2022

Parpignol and cover Rodolfo in Puccini’s La Boheme
English Touring Opera conducted by Dionysis Grammenos and directed by James Conway
Hackney Empire, London, 7.30pm

04/03/2022

Parpignol and cover Rodolfo in Puccini’s La Boheme
English Touring Opera conducted by Dionysis Grammenos and directed by James Conway
Hackney Epire, London 7.30pm

05/03/2022

Astrologer in The Golden Cockrell by Rimsky-Korsakov
English Touring Opera conducted by Gerry Cornelius and directed by James Conway
Hackney Empire, 7.30pm

11/03/2022

Parpignol and cover Rodolfo in Puccini’s La Boheme
English Touring Opera conducted by Dionysis Grammenos and directed by James Conway
Lighthouse, Poole 7.45pm

12/03/2022

Astrologer in The Golden Cockrell by Rimsky-Korsakov
English Touring Opera conducted by Gerry Cornelius and directed by James Conway
Lightouse Poole, 7.45pm

17/03/2022

Parpignol and cover Rodolfo in Puccini’s La Boheme
English Touring Opera conducted by Dionysis Grammenos and directed by James Conway
Buxton Opera House, 7.30pm

18/03/2022

Parpignol and cover Rodolfo in Puccini’s La Boheme
English Touring Opera conducted by Dionysis Grammenos and directed by James Conway
Buxton Opera House, 7.30pm

19/03/2022

Astrologer in The Golden Cockrell by Rimsky-Korsakov
English Touring Opera conducted by Gerry Cornelius and directed by James Conway
Buxton Opera House, 7.30pm

04/04/2022

Parpignol and cover Rodolfo in Puccini’s La Boheme
English Touring Opera conducted by Iwan Davies and directed by James Conway
Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield 7.45pm

05/04/2022

Astrologer in The Golden Cockrell by Rimsky-Korsakov
English Touring Opera conducted by Gerry Cornelius and directed by James Conway
Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield, 7.45pm

08/04/2022

Parpignol and cover Rodolfo in Puccini’s La Boheme
English Touring Opera conducted by Iwan Davies and directed by James Conway
York Theatre Royal, 7.30pm

09/04/2022

Astrologer in The Golden Cockrell by Rimsky-Korsakov
English Touring Opera conducted by Gerry Cornelius and directed by James Conway
Theatre Royal, York, 7.30pm

20/04/2022

Parpignol and cover Rodolfo in Puccini’s La Boheme
English Touring Opera conducted by Dionysis Grammenos and directed by James Conway
Cambridge Arts Centre, 7.30pm

21/04/2022

Astrologer in The Golden Cockrell by Rimsky-Korsakov
English Touring Opera conducted by Gerry Cornelius and directed by James Conway
Cambridge Arts Theatre, 7.30

22/04/2022

Parpignol and cover Rodolfo in Puccini’s La Boheme
English Touring Opera conducted by Dionysis Grammenos and directed by James Conway
Cambridge Arts Centre, 7.30pm

28/04/2022

Parpignol and cover Rodolfo in Puccini’s La Boheme
English Touring Opera conducted by Dionysis Grammenos and directed by James Conway
Storyhouse Chester, 7.30pm

29/04/2022

Astrologer in The Golden Cockrell by Rimsky-Korsakov
English Touring Opera conducted by Gerry Cornelius and directed by James Conway
Storyhouse Chester, 7.30pm

05/05/2022

Parpignol and cover Rodolfo in Puccini’s La Boheme
English Touring Opera conducted by Dionysis Grammenos and directed by James Conway
Snape Maltings Concert Hall, 7.30pm

06/05/2022

Parpignol and cover Rodolfo in Puccini’s La Boheme
English Touring Opera conducted by Dionysis Grammenos and directed by James Conway
Snape Maltings Concert Hall, 7.30pm

07/05/2022

Astrologer in The Golden Cockrell by Rimsky-Korsakov
English Touring Opera conducted by Gerry Cornelius and directed by James Conway
Snape Maltings Concert Hall, 7.30pm

09/05/2022

Parpignol and cover Rodolfo in Puccini’s La Boheme
English Touring Opera conducted by Dionysis Grammenos and directed by James Conway
Gala Theatre, Durham, 7.30pm

10/05/2022

Astrolegydd yn The Golden Cockrell gan Rimsky-Korsakov
English Touring Opera dan arweiniad Gerry Cornelius a chyfarwyddiad James Conway
Gala Theatre, Durham, 7.30pm

16/05/2022

Parpignol and cover Rodolfo in Puccini’s La Boheme
English Touring Opera conducted by Dionysis Grammenos and directed by James Conway
Congress Theatre, Eastbourne 7.30pm

17/05/2022

Astrologer in The Golden Cockrell by Rimsky-Korsakov
English Touring Opera conducted by Gerry Cornelius and directed by James Conway
Congress Theatre, Eastbourne, 7.30pm

20/05/2022

Astrologer in The Golden Cockrell by Rimsky-Korsakov
English Touring Opera conducted by Gerry Cornelius and directed by James Conway
Norwich Theatre Royal, 7.30pm

21/05/2022

Parpignol and cover Rodolfo in Puccini’s La Boheme
English Touring Opera conducted by Dionysis Grammenos and directed by James Conway
Theatre Royal, Norwich, 7.30pm

25/05/2022

Parpignol and cover Rodolfo in Puccini’s La Boheme
English Touring Opera conducted by Dionysis Grammenos and directed by James Conway
Exeter Northcott, 7.30pm

26/05/2022

Parpignol and cover Rodolfo in Puccini’s La Boheme
English Touring Opera conducted by Dionysis Grammenos and directed by James Conway
Exeter Northcott, 7.30pm

27/05/2022

Astrologer in The Golden Cockrell by Rimsky-Korsakov
English Touring Opera conducted by Gerry Cornelius and directed by James Conway
Exeter Northcott, 7.30pm

28/05/2022

Parpignol and cover Rodolfo in Puccini’s La Boheme
English Touring Opera conducted by Dionysis Grammenos and directed by James Conway
Exeter Northcott, 7.30pm

30/05/2022

Astrologer in The Golden Cockrell by Rimsky-Korsakov
English Touring Opera conducted by Gerry Cornelius and directed by James Conway
Theatre Royal, Bath 7.30pm

31/05/2022

Parpignol and cover Rodolfo in Puccini’s La Boheme
English Touring Opera conducted by Dionysis Grammenos and directed by James Conway
Theatre Royal, Bath, 7.30pm

03/06/2022

Parpignol and cover Rodolfo in Puccini’s La Boheme
English Touring Opera conducted by Iwan Davies and directed by James Conway
The Coro, Ulverston, 7.15pm

Chilcott Requiem
Coleridge-Taylor Hiawatha’s Wedding Feast
Dale, Rebecca Materna Requiem
Dvorak Stabat Mater
Handel Messiah
Haydn Nelson Mass
Mendelssohn Elijah
Mozart Requiem
Stainer Crucifixion
Chilcott
Requiem
Coleridge-Taylor
Hiawatha’s Wedding Feast
Dale, Rebecca
Materna Requiem
Dvorak
Stabat Mater
Handel
Messiah
Haydn
Nelson Mass
Mendelssohn
Elijah
Mozart
Requiem
Stainer
Crucifixion
Britten A Midsummer Night's DreamFlute
Donizetti L'elisir d'amoreNemorino
Mozart Die ZauberflöteTamino
Puccini La BohemeRodolfo (u)
Rimsky-Korsakov The Golden CockrellAstrologer
Samuel Bordoli BelongingsTenor
Strauss, J Die Fledermaus (Weinberger Version)Alfred
Strauss, R CapriccioDiener 1/ Diener 3 (cover)
Britten
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Flute
Donizetti
L'elisir d'amore
Nemorino
Mozart
Die Zauberflöte
Tamino
Puccini
La Boheme
Rodolfo (u)
Rimsky-Korsakov
The Golden Cockrell
Astrologer
Samuel Bordoli
Belongings
Tenor
Strauss, J
Die Fledermaus (Weinberger Version)
Alfred
Strauss, R
Capriccio
Diener 1/ Diener 3 (cover)

Astrologer in Then Golden Cockrell with English Touring Opera.
Charles Hutch Press
Robert Lewis coped valiantly with the ultra-high tenor role of Astrologer, more than faintly reminiscent of Rasputin.
Astrologer in Then Golden Cockrell with English Touring Opera.
TheReviewsHub
Best of all [are] Robert Lewis as the Astrologer, his movement (so, so slow) as he brings back the curtain on his next revelation, his tenor as other-worldly as it is knowing;
Astrologer in Then Golden Cockrell with English Touring Opera.
Opera Wire
Tenor Robert Lewis showed off his high tessitura to good effect with a strong vocal performance in the role of the astrologer. Looking every inch the part with his long cloak covered in gold stars, beard and disheveled hair, he finally reveals himself in the final scene. s II.
Astrologer in Then Golden Cockrell with English Touring Opera.
On : Yorkshire Magazine
Robert Lewis’s Astrologer has a strong vocal presence, hitting high notes with flair.
Astrologer in Then Golden Cockrell with English Touring Opera.
The Guardian
(Robert) Lewis and (Paula) Sides also give arguably the finest performances of the evening. Neither role is easy, but Lewis is spectacularly up to the challenges of the Astrologer’s implacably high tessitura.
Astrologer in Then Golden Cockrell with English Touring Opera.
MusicOMH
Robert Lewis is superb in the tenor altino role of the Astrologer.
Astrologer in Then Golden Cockrell with English Touring Opera.
Seen and Heard
The difficult and technically challenging role of the Astrologer was sung by Robert Lewis - it was an awesome assumption of the role: powerful, eloquent, superb, with an emphasis on the vocally powerful. One should bear in mind that Rimsky’s writing for this character is pitiless. Lewis is a tenor to watch (he sings Parpignol in the La bohème which tours with this).
Astrologer in Then Golden Cockrell with English Touring Opera.
Planet Hugill
Robert Lewis went at the role full throttle, throwing his vibrant voice up over the stage in a manner which brought out the Astrologer's threatening nature. This is not a big role, for all its significance in the drama, but Lewis made every contribution count.

L'elisir d'amore

Nemorino in L'elisir d'amore for Iford Arts at Belcombe Court
Opera
Robert Lewis's lovelorn Nemorino moped his way around with a hangdog face demanding our pity. But from his first aria it was clear we were in the presence of a very special singer indeed, a young lyric tenor of exceptional maturity, subtlety and control. His 'Una furtiva lagrima' would have melted the hardest of hearts.

La fedeltà premiata

Fileno in Haydn's La fedeltà premiata for GSMD at the Barbican Hall, London
Opera Today
As the seria lovers Robert Lewis (Fileno) and Ema Nikolovska (Celia) had a fine ear for the extended lyricism of their arias......... Lewis pulled off the tricky task of embodying the swooning swain, balancing absurdity - when etching his suicide note into the tree his arrow snaps - and honest heroism in the opera’s final moments. He had a fine way with the recitative.

L'elisir d'amore

Nemorino in L'elisir d'amore at Belcombe Court for Iford Arts
The Fine Times Recorder
Tenor Robert Lewis, still studying at the Guildhall, shows from the start that he is as fine an actor as a singer, and he makes the often wet Nemorino into the sort of boy the audience will want to protect.

Nemorino in L'elisir d'amore at Belcombe Court for Iford Arts
The Stage
As Nemorino the humble farmhand, Robert Lewis produces a boyish tenor to convey his naive passion for Adina (Claire Lees)

L'elisir d'amore

Nemorino in L'elisir d'amore at Belcombe Court for Iford Arts
The Guardian
Robert Lewis was the hapless Nemorino, his tenor strong and forthright, and words super-clear

L'elisir d'amore

Nemorino in L'elisir d'amore at Belcombe Court for Iford Arts
The Wiltshire Times
The voices of the leads complemented each other perfectly and the comic timing, particularly of the two lovers, Adina and Nemorino, was spot on.

L'elisir d'amore

Nemorino in L'elisir d'amore at Belcombe Court for Iford Arts
The Arbuturian
Welsh tenor Lewis is a superbly appealing Nemorino, both vocally and theatrically; creating peals of laughter when he climbs the central pole of the tent in order to escape the attentions of the womenfolk in the village after he has imbibed the seductive potion.

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